PEW SCHOLAR TEACHER GRANT


GRANT DESCRIPTION

Pew Scholar Teacher Grants are intended to encourage teaching-related projects that promote teaching innovation and renewal. These can include traditional aspects of pedagogy (teaching strategies/methods, use of new technology, evaluation of learning, etc.), as well as the transformation and extension of subject matter knowledge as reflected in curriculum and course development, teaching methodologies, or faculty assisting other faculty.  In applying for these grants, faculty should keep in mind that course development is one of the customary expectations for faculty. Grant requests should demonstrate how the project would go beyond these customary expectations.

Eligibility: All faculty, full- or part-time, are eligible. Visitors, affiliates, contract, and part-time faculty, however, require a tenured or tenure-track faculty member as a participant in the grant activity.

Maximum award:  Level 1 (up to $7,500) , and Level 2 (up to $5,000). The two levels are differentiated by the size, depth, breadth, and impact of the intended grant activities.

Deadlines: October 1, February 1, and April 1.

Items to note:

1. All other things being equal, faculty members and/or departments who have not received grants in preceding grant rounds will be given priority over those who have.

2. Ongoing projects are not funded by Pew FTLC.

3. Be as thorough as possible in your application. A primary reason many grants are denied is due to a lack of thorough implementation and assessment plans. Another reason many grants are reduced or denied is due to a lack of detail or errors in the budget.

4. Describe what General Education goals (listed below) will be addressed by this project and how they will be incorporated into course curriculum, methodologies, etc. For further description of the goals, see the Gen Ed website: http://www.gvsu.edu/genedresources/ge-goals-18.htm Please note additional points in the rubric are tied to these goals, but they are not necessary for a project to be considered for funding.
Goals: Collaboration, Ethical Reasoning, Problem Solving, Quantitative Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Written Communication, Oral Communication, Information Literacy, Integration


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REIMBURSEMENT INSTRUCTIONS

The grant letter announcing the award contains information specific to your grant concerning reimbursements, stipends, student wages, etc. If you need a copy of this letter, go to the Pew FTLC website, click on "Apply for Grants", logon and you will see your grants. Click on the grant in question, and click the download button under the Files and Notes heading.

Travel, Materials or Services: All purchases for materials or services and travel expenses for grants are to be made using department funds. These reimbursements are not dependent on a report and carry from one fiscal year to another, so send in reimbursements as they occur.

  • Send an email or memo with the faculty name, grant type, grant number, and the amount to be transferred. You are welcome to use our reimbursement form .
  • Attach a copy of the Purchase Order, P-card transaction, or Travel and Expense voucher, etc. for the travel, materials, or services purchased.
  • The department will be reimbursed through a working budget transfer of funds from the Pew FTLC grant account. The FTLC will initiate the transfer in Onbase.

Grant Stipends: The Pew FTLC directly pays stipends for GVSU faculty only. Specific information is available in the letter/email the faculty received announcing their award.  When sending in a request for stipends to faculty, reference the grant name and number, include faculty names, G numbers, and the dates of service.

Student Wages: The Pew FTLC directly pays wages for GVSU students only. Specific information is available in the letter/email the faculty received announcing their award. Please contact Peggy Gaegauf at the Pew FTLC before the student begins work to make arrangements for Ultratime and checks.

Student Honorariums: The Pew FTLC directly pays honorariums for GVSU students only. Specific information is available in the letter/email the faculty received announcing their award. When sending in a request to pay student honorariums, reference the grant name and number, include student names, G numbers, dates of service, and a brief explanation what the honorarium is for.

Send Information to: ftlcgrants@gvsu.edu via email or to Pew FTLC, 324 LOH via interoffice mail.

FINAL REPORT INSTRUCTIONS


The grant letter announcing the award states the due date of your report. If you need a copy of this letter, go to the Pew FTLC website, click on "Apply for Grants", logon and you will see your grants. Click on the grant in question, and click the download button under the Files and Notes heading.

Grants close when all monies are dispersed and a report has been sent in. To be approved for any new grants, all prior grants must be in good order, including reports submitted and approved.

Report Format: The report format is entirely up to you, but normally we get a 1-3 page narrative (the larger the grant, the longer the report) that describes the outcomes of the grant activity.  Here is the link to Final Report Instructions for more detailed information: http://www.gvsu.edu/ftlc/final-report-instructions-for-pew-ftlc-grants--185.htm

PRIOR PEW SCHOLAR TEACHER GRANTS

We publish examples of different grants we have awarded to show the type and variety of Pew Scholar Teacher grants and their benefit to both their departments and the University.

2012 - The Writing Department received a Pew Scholar Teacher grant to pilot the use of an e-portfolio web application built by department chair, Dan Royer, to ultimately manage the 1,700 WRT-150 student portfolios that are submitted at the end of each semester. Professors Mary Lotz, Dauvan Mulally, Amy Norkus, and Julie White are using the application on iPads to learn and improve its functionality, to reflect on and document how the technology can change the portfolio process, and also to test how the technology supports e-comments on student writing throughout the semester. After Fall 2012 semester, they have reported that this new web application worked quite well. There were 234 student portfolios submitted in the pilot project. There were a large number of efficiencies introduced through this new portfolio management process—so many, in fact, that the final four-hour meeting for discussion of “third reads” was not needed because the third reads were all complete before the meeting! This early completion has never happened in the 15 years of portfolio group grading in the first-year writing program. The pilot group will more than double in size for the Winter 2013 semester, impacting about 750 first-year students. The project will be discussed in a workshop for writing teachers on January 4.

2011 - Joel Wendland, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Liberal Studies Department and a U.S. Army veteran, and Patrick Johnson, Assistant Director of the Writing Center, received a Pew Scholar Teacher Grant to support a GVSU Student Veterans Writing Workshop. They conduct and facilitate peer writing groups as well as extend office hours to help student veterans discuss and gain skills for successful academic writing.

2010 - Professors Chirag Parikh, Andrew Sterian, and Lucian Ngalamou from the School of Engineering used their Pew Scholar Teacher grant to enhance the current robot platform to incorporate light sensors and wireless capability to remotely control the robot expanding the practical knowledge gained by students from interfacing with the various sensors to the microcontroller. The project continues as they develop laboratory experiments to support the new platform, such as remotely monitoring the robot in real-life traffic intersection simulation.

 

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