Academic Innovation Grant

Slippery Rock University and the Center for Teaching and Learning are continuing to support a grant program encouraging faculty to submit proposals detailing plans for discoveries in teaching and learning. Specifically, faculty interested in possible support for attending a conference, class, workshop, etc. focusing on a particular instructional inquiry should apply. Imagined as a reciprocal program, the grant asks funded faculty members to return to campus and share acquired knowledge with the Slippery Rock teaching community in the form of a public presentation as part of the Teaching Conversation program or through our Faculty Learning Communities. Faculty pursuing further public discussion of their teaching through implementation and assessment and publication in the scholarship of teaching and learning research journals will receive an additional modest honorarium and will be recognized with a certificate for this scholarship of teaching and learning success.

Proposals must address how investigating a specific teaching question is an integral part of the conference and how attending - or presenting at - the conference will help inform future teaching practices. 

The Center for Teaching and Learning will award a maximum of $1,000 per award.  Funds are to be used for professional development events occurring during the 2023-2024 academic year.

Proposals will be reviewed and scored by members of the Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Board and will be blinded upon review.  CTL Director Brian Danielson and Faculty Development Fellow Jeremy Lynch will notify applicants of decisions in early April.  Funds will be available for use beginning in April 2023 with an end date of June 30, 2024.

NOTE: Preference will be given to those individuals who have not received an Academic Innovations Grant in the past, and who plan on attending one of the sponsored conferences listed on the CTL website. All applications will be reviewed on the quality of the narrative, benefit to student learning, impact on teaching, relevance, and professional merit. 

  • Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy site
  • Internation Society of Technology Education site
  • EDUCASUE site
  • Online Learning Consortium Innovate Conference site
  • International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning site

DEADLINE:  The deadline for all Academic Innovation Grant applications is March 1.

Click here to apply!