Registration Deadline: August 28th, 2015
Application Deadline: September 4th, 2015 by 5:00pm
Abstract Deadline: September 7th, 2015 by 5:00pm
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Distinction through Discovery Undergraduate Curriculum Grants Program
Curriculum Grant Program Purpose:
The Distinction through Discovery (DTD) Undergraduate Curriculum Grant Program provides support for the incorporation of undergraduate research and inquiry (URI) projects and assignments into courses/programs. Faculty are encouraged to take a holistic, programmatic approach to implementing research and inquiry into their curricula. The curriculum grant program supports revisions to both upper and lower division courses. Questions related to the curriculum grant program should be directed to Dr. Donna Chamely-Wiik at email@example.com or 561-297-1019.
Timeline for Curriculum Grants Program
Pre-Proposal Deadline: Thursday, October 1st, at 5:00pm
Pre-proposals selection for full proposal submission: December 2015
Distinction through Discovery workshops: Spring 2016
Full proposals due: May 15, 2016
Full proposals selection:early July
Distinction through Discovery Research Definition and Student Learning Outcomes
The DTD Steering Committee articulated a working definition of “research” (adapted from the Council of Undergraduate Research, CUR): An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline or practice.
Student Learning Outcomes
Research and inquiry learning activities can be incorporated into the curriculum through a series of targeted Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). These include:SLO 1: Knowledge. Students will demonstrate content knowledge, core principles, and skills.
Below you will find the five levels of funding.
For faculty who wish to develop or redesign a portion of their course (including the assessment) to incorporate a research and inquiry learning activity. This is an excellent opportunity for faculty who wish to start small and build up to course and program level changes at a later time.
For faculty who wish to develop or revise the entire course to incorporate multiple research and inquiry assignments throughout. This is ideal for faculty who wish to create a course that bridges student skills and knowledge between courses in a program or those who want to revise their course first before attempting larger program changes.
Up to $5000
Dept/Program Level (Multiple Courses)
For faculty who wish to build connections between courses to ensure students engage in research and inquiry learning activities throughout their program experience, by incorporating research and inquiry assignments within multiple courses throughout a program. This is also for departments who have general research-related targets independent of their programs.
Up to $10,000
College Level (Multiple Courses-Single College)
For colleges who wish to ensure that courses across their programs deliver research and inquiry experiences to their students. This is an excellent option for colleges who target similar research-related targets independent of their programs or that have key courses that need to be interconnected.
Up to $15,000
Inter-College Level (Multiple Courses-Multiple Colleges)
For colleges who wish to cooperate by enhancing courses shared in specific programs or who have interdisciplinary majors. The funding provided is designed to augment resources for colleges already attempting this cooperative endeavor.
Up to $20,000
Lead authors should request funding for up to two years. Total funding should not exceed the funding limits related to funding levels. Budget should align with curricular initiatives and should coincide with project and assignment implementation proposed in the application. Proposals primarily seeking to add assessment methods and tools to courses without revising extant teaching strategies and learning experiences will not be funded.
Allowable Expenses: (Can be recurring for 2 years)
- Graduate and Undergraduate Student Research Assistants. (e.g., assist/mentor undergraduates on course-based projects)
- Grant-specific materials and supplies, equipment etc. to support research and inquiry assignments and projects.
- Marketing materials for your program, if appropriate
- Assessment of DTD SLOs (e.g., surveys, instruments)
- Faculty stipends/ course release support for:
- Curricular design/redesign
- Summer funding (if appropriate and justified)
- Salaries (including fringe rate)
- Summer salary, if not aligned with the timeline
- Additional faculty to lower course enrollment
- Student or faculty travel to present the results of their scholarly work (funding for student travel is available through Student Government)
- Food and meals
There are two stages for applying to the Curriculum Grants Program. The first stage is the Curriculum Grant pre-proposal, with a deadline of October 1st, 2015. Reviewers will evaluate the pre-proposals, and those selected can move forward to the full proposal phase. The Curriculum Grant full proposal is due May 15th, 2016. Faculty submitting pre-proposals who are invited to submit a full proposal will be guided through the development of the full proposal during the spring. Participating in these opportunities and time commitments are expected of funded proposal teams. Potential spring professional development training stipends will be discussed at the first meeting. Please view the Workshops, Timeline of Expectations, and Annual Deadlines related to the curriculum grants program. Note: Faculty submitting applications for the Intellectual Foundations Program (IFP)/General Education courses are not required to submit a pre-proposal. Questions can be addressed to Dr. Donna Chamely-Wiik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curriculum Grant Pre-Proposal Application
Faculty can submit a curriculum grants pre-proposal by completing the online application form. Note: Faculty submitting applications for the Intellectual Foundations Program (IFP)/General Education courses are not required to submit a pre-proposal.
Please complete the following by Thursday October 1st
- Curriculum Grants Pre-Proposal online application
- Please have your department chair/program director email email@example.com endorsing this application.
See budget and feasibility section for budget conditions below. To assist you in completing the pre-proposal application we have provided the judging rubric for your consideration.
Curriculum Grant Full Proposal Guidelines and Application
Curriculum Grant Full Proposal Guidelines and Application. Proposals must be single spaced, with a font size no smaller than 11-point; minimum 1-inch margins; tables and figure legends can be in 10-point font size. Faculty whose pre-proposals were selected to continue to the full proposal stage must complete and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m., May 15, 2016. the following
- Completion of the Online Cover Page . If any aspect of your proposal requires review for research compliance per university policies
- Completion of the Budget and Feasibility Section which includes: Budget spreadsheet, budget justification, institutional resources and sustainability. This Word document/form needs to be included in your application package, which will be submitted to email@example.com.
- Complete additional proposal requirements based on funding levels.
Selection and Review Criteria:
Proposal Selection and Award: All curriculum grant proposals will be peer reviewed and scored. The DTD Curriculum Committee will make funding decisions based on the outcomes of the peer review and equitable distribution of available resources.
Selection and Review Criteria: The proposals will be evaluated by the following criteria:
- Research and Inquiry Learning Activities: The clarity and student-centered nature of the research and inquiry learning assignment(s), and the degree that the URI learning activity(ies) promote the targeted DTD student learning outcomes (SLOs). Be sure to specify how each assignment incorporates targeted SLOs.
- Assessment(s): The degree that the assessments measure the stated DTD SLOs and the URI learning activities. (see DTD rubric)
- Learning Activity and Assessment Alignment: The degree of alignment between the teaching strategies, URI learning activities and assessment measures for each of the identified SLOs. Be sure to specify how each SLO will be assessed within the URI learning activities.
- Curriculum Compatibility: The degree that the URI learning activities and the SLOs fit into the course/program(s), as indicated in the Assignment or Course Plan Worksheet (required for all applicants) and the Curriculum Inventory (required for Program and College level applicants only)
- Feasibility: The degree that: a) the budget (including in-kind funding) is appropriate for the activities and grant timeline, b) the timeline is appropriate for the intended goals, c) the enhancements are sustainable, and d) the department and, if appropriate, the college is committed to the project.
- Intensity and Impact: The number of DTD Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) implemented is appropriate for the assignment/course/program and scope of impact (i.e., how many students, courses, and programs are impacted annually). Please see the DTD SLOs above.
Full proposal guidelines and application information can be found here.
Questions about the Curriculum Grant Program can be directed to Dr. Donna Chamely-Wiik, Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan at 561-297-1019 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two essential parts of full proposals are the curriculum inventory and course plan worksheets. The following resources will assist you in completing these documents.
Introduction to the Curriculum Grants Program meeting
Course Plan Worksheet and Resources
- Course plan worksheet document
- Course plan worksheet template (preferred for printing)
- DTD Student Learning Outcomes
- Bloom's Taxonomy Action Verbs- Bloom’s Taxonomy Action Verbs. (n.d.). Retrieved from MaxVibrant
- curriculum inventory presentation video part one– for PCs only (00:06:05)
- curriculum inventory presentation video part two– for PCs only (00:11:45)
- curriculum inventory workshop audio file-(01:29:15)
- curriculum inventory presentation without narration
- curriculum inventory presentation without narration or animation (preferred for printing)
Curriculum Grants Program Previous Awardees and Courses Implemented
To view previous Curriculum Grant Awardees and Courses Implemented click here.