Faculty Center for Teaching
Grants for Pedagogical Development
Small Group Grants
FCT invites applications for funding to support work in small groups on projects that will enhance teaching and learning on our campus. This initiative responds to faculty requests for disciplinary or topic-specific support for pedagogical development. This program also offers a way to involve students in dialogue about teaching and learning. We began this program as a pilot project last year and anticipate funding approximately 3 projects for Fall 2013 and/or Spring 2014 during a second pilot year. Grant submission deadlines are August 1, 2013 and December 2, 2013 (if funds remain).
Guidelines for Small Group Grants, AY 13-14
Funded projects from Fall 2012 include:
Four faculty members from three different departments are collaborating to develop a MILA program to study the tensions and possibilities of religious and ethnic diversity focusing on Spain as an important locus of contact.
A faculty member from Music and two students are collaborating to evaluate and refine the assignments in MUS 212 Form and Analysis to ensure that they blend research, writing, listening, and analysis.
Three faculty members (from three different departments) and two students are developing an institutional model for supervised self-guided study of the basics of modern foreign languages that are not offered as traditional language courses at Muhlenberg College.
Summer Teaching Grants
The Faculty Center for Teaching reviews applications for summer grants designed to support faculty in their teaching. Awards are available to full-time Muhlenberg faculty. There are two different types of grants available: pedagogical development grants to support reflection on and revision of pedagogy and new course development grants that will result in a new course that meets departmental or college-wide needs. Specific information regarding applications is made available during each Fall semester, with proposals typically due in late January.
Summer 2012 Grant Recipients:
New course development grant for FYS 115, Invasion of the Mute Swans, which focuses on invasion biology
Pedagogical grant for redevelopment of COM 301, Media, Theory and Methods, to address new pedagogical approaches to understanding both analog and digital media
Pedagogical grant on the topic of guided-inquiry instruction, particularly the Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning for CHM 331, Inorganic Chemistry
Joint pedagogical and new course development grant to explore the use of emergent technologies (YouTube, blogs, candidates' websites, and Twitter) for a new FYS 136, Bread, Circuses, and the Election of 2012