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Teaching Support Awards Program


The application period for this opportunity is now open, and will be open until all of the allocated funds are applied for, or until the deadline date of Friday, February 28, 2020.


Purpose of the Program

The funding available through this program is intended to support instructional faculty of all classifications, graduate student teachers, and staff members who teach courses. The purpose of the Teaching & Learning Innovation Support Awards Program is:

  • to provide funding to instructional faculty members, graduate student teachers, and staff members to help them enhance the learning experience for students that take their courses.
  • To support and encourage instructional faculty, graduate student teachers, and staff members who teach on our campus to seek out and participate in teaching-focused professional development opportunities, such as conferences and institutes focused on teaching.

Applicants can apply for funds to support a project to be implemented in either the spring 2020 (March – May) or summer 2020 semester (May – June), but funding must be spent by Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Applicants can also apply for funds to support a project to be implemented during the fall 2020 semester (August – December). Please select the semester in which the funds would be spent when completing your application.

Examples of funded projects include, but are not limited to the following examples:

  • Funding to purchase supplies and/or equipment to incorporate a type of experiential learning into a course.
  • Purchasing new software, technology, personal protective equipment, or other material need to develop either a new way for students to learn in your course, or making the educational environment in your course safer for students participating in the course.
  • Travel funds needed to attend and/or present at a teaching-focused conference or professional development experience with the intention of learning new teaching methods or presenting about the impact of unique and innovative teaching strategies already implemented in your course.
  • Funding needed for training, software, or other tools that would help you implement inclusive teaching strategies or effective assessment and/or evaluation into a course.


Previous Awardees: This semester, we will be giving priority review to new applicants, which means if you have received funds from TLI during spring 2019 or fall 2020 semesters from this program, your application will be reviewed and considered after all other new applications have been reviewed and possibly allocated funding.

Priority Applications: Also, opportunities that support Experiential Learning (S, R, and N) designated courses, First Generation undergraduate students, the implementation of inclusive teaching strategies in the classroom, or multi-instructor, multi-sectional, or departmental curriculum support projects will also receive priority review and potential funding as well.

Application Standards & Rubric: Lastly, all applications will be reviewed using this rubric. If an application receives a score of 0 in any category on the rubric, then that application will no longer be eligible for TSA funding during this review cycle. The TLI TSA program application review team will use the rubric to review all applications, and the date and time for which applications are submitted will play a factor in determining the amount of funding each application could receive. In other words, first-come, first-serve. If we receive a large number of applications, applications with a duplicate rubric score will be awarded based on the date/time of submission.


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