Upcoming Sponsored Teaching and Learning Events

Listed below are the Sponsored Teaching and Learning Event Grants that are currently available for Faculty.  Once you have reviewed the information below, please click on "APPLY FOR A GRANT" to begin the application process.  Applications may be saved as "in progress" at any time during the application process. 

2018-2019 Sponsored Teaching & Learning Events

MI Open Educational Resources Summit

  • September 21, 2018
  • St. Clair Community College, Port Huron, MI
  • Award Amount: $410—includes funding for registration and travel expenses

Join open education advocates and supporters for a day of networking, sharing and learning about the uses of open educational resources (OER) at their institutions.  This year's event is hosted by St. Clair County Community College, Port Huron, MI

Visit the MI Open Educational Resources Summit website for more information.

Lilly Conference 2018—Traverse City, MI

  • October 18—20, 2018
  • Traverse City, MI
  • Award Amount: $550—Includes funding for registration fee ($400) and travel/meal expenses ($150)

Lilly-Traverse City is part of the overall Lilly Conference Series.  For 35 years, Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and learning have provided opportunities for the presentation of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  Faculty and administrators at various stages in their academic careers come from across the United States, representing nearly every discipline found in higher education.  NOTE:  This grant is intended to support FIRST-TIME CONFERENCE ATTENDEES.  Others will be considered for registration expenses only if slots are still available after June 1st.

Visit the Lilly Conference 2018 Traverse City webpage for more information.

2018 Great Lakes History Conference

  • October 12—13, 2018
  • Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Award Amount: $0—Conference registration is FREE
  • 10+ slots available

Gaming and simulations have long served as pedagogical tools in the history classroom. History-oriented games are also big business for the video and board-gaming industries. Their appeal derives from the thrill of role-playing and speculation on the possibilities of human actions, and as pedagogical devices their potential to enhance student engagement is obvious. Current historical scholarship also now focuses on disrupting received wisdom of long-held teleological conclusions and pondering contingent and conjunctural dynamics of global-scale historical developments. This conference will consider these trends and practices while serving as a regional training and gaming hub for Reacting to the Past—the innovative pedagogy used in numerous disciplines.

Visit the Great Lakes History Conference webpage for more information.

2018 Transforming STEM Higher Education
Association of American Colleges and Universities

Confirming the Authority of Evidence

  • November 8—10, 2018
  • Award Amount:  Up to $1400—includes registration and travel expenses
  • Application Deadline:  Friday, October 19, 2018
  • 4 slots available

As part of its Network for Academic Renewal conference series, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, with Project Kaleidoscope, will host the 2018 STEM conference, Transforming STEM Higher Education: Confirming the Authority of Evidence. This conference’s mission is to chart a daring path toward the reform of STEM higher education by strategically integrating disciplinary introspection, social consciousness, and self-reflection into an unparalleled conference experience that gives deeper meaning and purpose to our way of knowing, understanding, and advancing STEM higher education practice, research, and policy. The conference annually brings together more than 500 STEM faculty and administrators, as well as those supporting STEM higher education from other disciplines or in other roles.

This opportunity is open to tenure-track/tenured faculty in STEM disciplines. Application Deadline: Friday, October 19, 2018.

Visit the AAC&U Transforming STEM Conference webpage for more information.

2019 Diversity, Equity, and Student Success
Association of American Colleges and Universities
Engaged Inclusivity: Perceptions, Realities, and Aspirations

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • March 28—30, 2019
  • Award Amount:  up to $1400—includes registration and travel expenses
  • Application Deadline: Friday, November 2, 2018
  • 4 slots available

AAC&U’s Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference: “Engaged Inclusivity: Perceptions, Realities, and Aspirations” will examine what it means to work toward a campus environment where inclusivity thrives through constant reflection, analysis, and accountability. Engaged inclusivity transforms the dialogue on inclusion from general acceptance and tolerance of difference to active institutional transformation, based on the belief that the richness of our culture is because of our diversity and a recognition of our common humanity. The conference will provide a forum for educators, students, and community stakeholders to raise critical questions about institutional and external practices, policies, and structures that hinder full inclusion and to identify strategies for improving the educational environment for all participants.

This opportunity is open to all faculty, with preference given to those serving on the Equity and Inclusion Committee and/or who have participated in a past Inclusive Excellence Teaching Institute. Application Deadline: Friday, November 2, 2018.

Visit the AAC&U Diversity, Equity, and Student Success webpage for more information.

22nd Annual Best Teachers International Institute

  • Wilshire Grant Hotel, West Orange, NJ (New York City area)
  • June 18—20, 2019
  • Award Amount:  up to $2000—includes registration and travel expenses
  • Application Deadline:  Friday, November 16, 2018
  • 4 slots available

A three-day institute based on Ken Bain's award-winning and best-selling book What the Best College Teachers Do (Harvard University Press, 2004) and James Lang's highly lauded instant classic Small Teaching (Jossey-Bass, 2016). This year's program will also feature Eric Mazur, Harvard Physics Professor who won the prestigious Minerva Prize for his contributions to teaching and learning, Mindy Maris, a brilliant new contributor to the international dialogue on teaching and learning, and ideas from Ken Bain's book What the Best College Students Do (Harvard University Press, 2012).

This opportunity is limited to faculty holding the rank of Full Professor. Application Deadline: Friday, November 16, 2018.

Visit the Best Teacher Institute webpage for more information.

2019 Reacting to the Past Faculty Institute

  • Barnard College, New York, NY
  • June 12—15, 2019
  • Award Amount: up to $1700
  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
  • 4 slots available

Reacting to the Past (RTTP) consists of elaborate role-playing games informed by classic texts in the history of ideas. In order to “win,” students must learn the content deeply, write effectively, read closely, speak persuasively, think critically, conduct library research, collaborate, solve problems, and be creative. Class sessions are run entirely by students; instructors advise and guide students and grade their oral and written work. RTTP games are used in numerous disciplines, from STEM to Women’s Studies, and range from Athens 406 BCE to Title IX. See RTTP website, games available, and articles in Chronicle of Higher Education.

Application Deadline: January 15

Apply for this grant via the FTLC Grant System.


Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE)- Ninth Annual Conference
  • St. Paul, MN
  • June 10-13, 2019
  • Award Amount: up to $1900- includes registration and travel expenses
  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
  • 4 slots available

The AALHE annual conference provides professional development for assessment practitioners in higher education and is one of the best resources for advanced assessment practitioners. AALHE is consistently heralded as the best opportunity for assessment networking. No matter their institution type - small, large, public, or private - attendees always leave the conference with many new assessment colleagues.

The AALHE assessment conference:

  • Provides professional development opportunities for the advanced assessment practitioner.
  • Provides professional development for those in the next generation of assessment professionals.
  • Connects assessment professionals with others in the field.
  • Leads and advocates best practices in assessment.

The opportunity is open to all full-time faculty, with preference given to those serving on the University Assessment Committee, or those with designated assessment responsibilities within their unit or college. Those selected to attend agree to participate in some form of facilitated conversations during Fall 2019 and share with other faculty what they have learned at the conference. Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 27, 2019. 


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