Office of the Provost

Teaching Grants

Early each semester the Office of the Provost requests proposals from faculty for teaching grants that challenge and inform us as teachers as well as provide opportunities to collaborate with colleagues both within disciplines and across campus.

Possible ideas for proposals include, but would not be limited to:
supporting faculty development on course design; effective strategies for assessing student learning; dealing with emotionally charged topics in the classroom; or, structuring a sustained conversation among a group of faculty on a text or topics that will enhance their teaching.  Grants may be submitted by a group of faculty or by an individual to fund research, workshops, or other cooperative efforts across the University.  These funds are not intended to cover normal faculty travel expenses.

Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) Grants

The goal of this initiative is to improve the quality of the PLU academic program and extend its reach both to students who are not presently being served as well as to current students who might be better served in more contemporary ways.

We expect most TLT grant proposals would be aimed at

  • developing a hybrid (blended) component to an existing course
  • developing an online version of an existing course, or
  • incorporating a significant new use of technology in the classroom or laboratory

Preservation and enchancement of the quality of our academic program is of paramount importance, and the sound pedagogical use of new technologies lends itself toward this end.  The key to maintaining our high academic standards is to ensure the active engagement of students and faculty in each and every course.  Consequently, TLT grant proposals that seek to ultimately "replace" or otherwise "minimize" a faculty member's or student's personal participation in the course will not be looked upon favorably during the grant proposal review process.

TLT grant proposals that will ultimately lead to the creation of new courses will be considered.  However any EPC proposal for a wholley new course would need to meet the appropriate EPC deadlines in order to be implemented, and these deadlines should be taken into account when planning the TLT proposals. [The EPC deadline is November 1, 2011 for a new couse to begin in Fall, 2012.]

Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID)

During fall and spring semesters the Office of the Provost sponsors SGID consulting.  SGID consultants offer faculty feedback to better understand students' perceptions of your course.  Consultations are usually done mid-semester.

The goals of SGID are to further student learning; to assure anonymous, confidential, timely exchange between teachers and students on their mutual perceptions of course-in-progress; and to support teaching as a communicative art SGID feedback is strictly confidential and is seen only by the SGID consultant and the individual who makes the request and cannot be used in reviews, tenure, or promotion.

Current Contents Notification Service

Gail Egbers, Instruction Librarian, manages the current notification service for the Office of the Provost.  Throughout the year, Gail sends out (via email) the table of contents of journals with articles pertaining to teaching and learning in higher education.  In most cases, she also includes the links to the articles full text on line.

If you would like to be included in this notification service, please contact Gail at egbersgl@plu.edu or ext. 8869.