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Apply for the APIL Teaching Innovation Grant

The application period for the 2019-2020 academic year is now open. The deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall Semester (for use in fall or spring 2019-20): Application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on September 3, 2019
  • Spring Semester (for use by June 30 2020): Application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on January 13, 2020

Details about the program can be found below, including: PurposeEligible Projects/ExpensesEligibility RequirementsGrant PeriodGrant ExpectationsSelection Criteria, and Application Guidelines.

After reviewing these guidelines, please complete the application form and attach your proposal and budget.

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Purpose

The purpose of the APIL Teaching Innovation Grant is to spur thoughtful and engaged experimentation with new APIL pedagogical strategies or tools. APIL teaching strategies, including for active learning, problem-based learning, and inquiry-driven learning, have been shown in repeated studies to improve student learning and retention. Through this grant program the Kossen Center for Teaching & Learning aims to support faculty members' development as teacher-scholars by promoting innovative thinking about approaches to teaching, learning, and student engagement.

Eligible Projects and Expenses

APIL Teaching Innovation Grant funds may be used to fund applicable professional development and/or to purchase equipment, materials, or fund group travel to enhance teaching effectiveness and student engagement. Grant funds should not be used to support projects that would otherwise be fully funded by the faculty member's home department. All funds must be spent in the current fiscal year.

Examples of possible expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Conference, workshop, or webinar attendance to support faculty development related to discipline-specific instructional innovations to be adopted in the current or upcoming academic year (event must be completed no later than June 30).
  • Inviting a pedagogical speaker to campus.
  • Books and/or journal subscriptions related to pedagogical innovations (either within or across disciplines), such as books that would otherwise not be purchased by the recipient's department.
  • Hardware or software to support innovations aimed at making learning materials more accessible and inclusive (e.g., speech recognition / captioning software).
  • Upgraded subscriptions to otherwise-free cloud-based tools and storage platforms, such as Google Drive, Wikispaces, Wordpress, Blogger, etc. for classroom use.
  • Materials and/or equipment that supports the development of cases, scenarios, and/or simulations for authentic learning and assessment.
  • Audio-visual or other technology/production equipment to be used by MUW students as part of a course (e.g. portable media kits for student interviews or multi-media production).
  • Tables that can be reconfigured and used to create more flexible classroom seating and to study the effects of classroom seating on student collaboration and learning.
  • Anatomy simulation models to supplement training in nursing or biology classes.
  • Audio-visual equipment and software used to support "flipped" classroom experiments (e.g., web cameras, microphones, other digital voice/video recording devices, writable tablets to capture worked problems on a screen, etc.). Again, these must not otherwise be available from the home department.
  • Computer equipment to support service-learning experiences in which students engage with the community, such as digitizing archival materials and creating printed banners, websites, etc. for use by local community partner organizations.
  • Travel expenses to take a group of students on a course-related trip or to support students presenting their course-based research at an academic conference.

Grant funds may not be used for: stipends or other payments to students, faculty, or staff; faculty travel not directly related to a specific, student-focused teaching and learning goal; and/or expenses related to travel that will occur after June 30 of the fiscal year in which the grant was awarded. Funds are not available to support future maintenance costs associated with regular wear and tear for grant-purchased items.

Please Note: Any technology or equipment purchased with APIL grant funds is owned by Mississippi University for Women. In the event that a faculty member leaves the University, any such items must be returned to the faculty member's home department or the Kossen Center for Teaching & Learning.

Eligibility

Awards are available to all MUW faculty who hold appointments in any University department and who anticipate continuing in in their faculty positions through the following academic year. Adjuncts are encouraged to apply jointly with a full-time faculty member. 

Although most applications will be submitted by individuals, inter- or intra-disciplinary projects that involve two or more faculty members are also encouraged. In such cases, supporting materials should include a statement specifying whether the applicants are requesting one grant split between them or multiple parallel grants. In either case, joint applications will be judged by the same criteria as individual ones. Multiple submissions of proposals by the same person(s) in a single year are encouraged.

Grant Period

The grant award period is the July 1 2019 through June 30 2020, with the new tool or strategy being implemented in a class taught in 2019-20 or 2020-21 academic years (summers included). Grant expenses must be paid and any purchases received by the Kossen Center for Teaching  & Learning no later than June 30, 2020 (the end of the fiscal year). Consultations with the Kossen Center staff related to the grant proposal may continue throughout the summer and into the following academic year as needed.

Expectations

Successful recipients will be expected to:

  • Spend awarded funds as proposed through the APIL grant committee.
  • Measure the effects of the experiment in some way. Kossen Center for Teaching & Learning staff are available to help determine effective, evidence-based strategies assessing their new tool or strategy.
  • Submit a one-page report to the director of the Kossen Center after the grant period is complete. The report should explain the goal of their project, what was done, the assessment process and outcomes, and the likelihood of continuing with the new APIL strategy or tool in the future. Reports on grant projects undertaken in the fall semester are due by February 28 and reports for spring or summer projects are due by September 30.
  • Share what they learn with the wider community. This may be accomplished in a variety of ways, including but not limited to: submitting an article for publication, presenting at a disciplinary or pedagogical conference or at an MUW faculty development workshop, contributing to the Kossen Center's web resources, etc.

Please Note: Faculty who wish to make student data public as part of this dissemination may need to obtain IRB approval.

Selection Criteria

The most competitive applications will be those that:

  • Articulate a single pedagogical innovation and clear rationale for trying it;
  • Directly affect the student learning experience;
  • Demonstrate a clear need for the proposed grant-funded activities / items (i.e., funded materials are not available through existing campus resources or through regular professional and/or course development funds in the home department); and
  • Seek to advance APIL-based, learner-centered instructional methods grounded in evidence-based research.

In the event that the committee is not able to fully fund all eligible proposals in a given year they may grant partial awards and/or prioritize  proposals from faculty who have not received APIL grant funding in the previous two years.

Application Guidelines

Please include the following items in your proposal. Proposals should be no longer than two pages, excluding the budget.

  • Project Summary: clear, detailed description of what new strategy/tool/etc. you will try and how it will affect student learning;
  • Goals and Objectives: describe your project goals and how the new tool/innovation/etc. will help you to achieve those goals;
  • Support: identify where you will obtain any additional training and/or support needed to accomplish your goals and objectives;
  • Evaluation: explain how you will measure the effects of your project and how you will define a successful outcome;
  • Budget: a detailed, line-item budget for the project's expenses (purchases made with University funds are tax exempt);
  • Budget Narrative: clearly explain and justify each cost.

Please complete the APIL Teaching Innovation Grant application form and attach your proposal and budget by no later than the following deadlines for full consideration:

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  • Fall Semester (for use in fall or spring 2019-20): Application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on September 3, 2019
  • Spring Semester (for use by June 30 2020): Application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on January 13, 2020

Applications will continue to be reviewed until funds are exhausted.