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Center for Academic Innovation awards  grant funding to support academic and pedagogical innovation to enhance student learning (Funding provided by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Academic Development fund).  The grant application submission is managed through competition space (Office of Sponsored Programs).   You can find the submission guidelines under “Dow Professor Award

Details

The competition is open to all tenured-track faculty.

Estimated number of awards: 6

Estimated amount: up to $5,500/project

Timeline for Grant Applications:

  1. Deadline for Submitting Application is by 4:30p.m. January 27th, yearly or the next business day.
  2. Grant recipients announced in April.

Submission Procedure

All applications will be submitted electronically through Competition Space.

  1. Prepare a 150 word project abstract (in addition to the narrative)
  2. Prepare a 3 page proposal in accordance with the Guidelines below.
  3. Prepare budget to support the project.

Guidelines

It is expected that the project will be implemented and assessed within the next academic year.  Provide a timeline to support the proposed project.

Funding

The Center for Academic Innovation will award funding to support academic and pedagogical innovation to enhance student learning.  The funding is provided by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Academic Development fund awarded to Saginaw Valley State University. The estimated number of awards are six, and have an estimated amount of up to $5,500 per project.

Purpose

The purpose of the award is to support the work of individual tenure-track faculty or teams of faculty for academic and pedagogical innovation projects that enhance student learning. These projects will demonstrate the use of evidence-based practices and innovative pedagogy to address a learning need. 

 

Funding Priorities

Proposals should include projects that support the following CAI goals:

  1. Foster pedagogical innovation and excellence with the purpose of addressing student retention and success.
  2. Promote understanding and implementation of high-impact, evidenced-based pedagogical practices.
  3. Support faculty, departments, and non-academic units in the integration of curricular and co-curricular activities that enhance student learning.
  4. Encourage and support faculty to leverage technology to enhance learning and address teaching and learning challenges.
  5. Support faculty in the scholarship of teaching and learning initiatives.

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  1. novel applications of instructional technology/methods in the classroom;
  2. incorporation of service learning projects;
  3. scholarship of teaching and learning projects

Selection Criteria

Selection priority will go to proposals that clearly articulate how they will:

  1. Advance the key funding priorities.
  2. Substantially enhance the learning outcomes and experiences of significant numbers of SVSU students.
  3. Represent activities that go above and beyond standard elements of course development or course revision.
  4. Incorporate appropriate methods for assessing, documenting, and disseminating project impact.
  5. Create or enhance collaborations across faculty and/or units
  6. Clearly link to departmental, college, or University educational priorities.
  7. Be sustained beyond the funding period.

 

Eligibilty

The competition is open to all tenured-track faculty. For collaborative proposals, the project director listed on the Application Cover Sheet must meet eligibility requirements.  Applicants who received CAI grants in the past may seek support for new proposals.  If a choice must be made between projects of equal merit, priority will be given to the proposal submitted by an applicant who has not received funds during the previous academic year.

Grants Awarded in 2016

In 2016, four Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Academic Development awards were given to individual faculty and teams of faculty to support teaching innovations.

AWARDEE(S)

PROJECT TITLE 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Arthur Martin (Associate Professor of Biology)

Development of Project-Based Biology Laboratories

Development of Project-Based Biology is a project proposed by Arthur Martin (Associate professor of Biology) along with Dr, Cal Borden, Ms. Katie Cottrell-Donahue, Dr. Sylvia Fromherz, Dr. James McEvoy, Ms. Kathleen Pelkki, Ms. Amamda Ross, Dr. David Stanton and Dr. Rosalyn Sweeting  to to develop project-based laboratories for the first year experience of undergraduate students studying biology as part of their degree requirements.

Development of Project-Based Biology Laboratories (12kB)

Christopher Giroux (Associate Professor of English) and Hideki Kihata (Professor of Art)

The Still Life Project

The goal of this project is to create callaborative  service-learning opportunities for SVSU students, particularly Art majors and Writing Center tutors, to gain practical experience with writing, editing, and photography

The Still Life Project (12kB)

Gary Lange (Professor of Biology)

     Holly Little

     Katherine Cottrell-Donahue

Engaging Students in a Non-Majors Biology Classroom through Increased Active Learning

This project seeks to enhance and expand the active learning modalities students and exposed to in our non-majors BIOL 104B-Human Biology course.

Engaging Students in a Non-Majors Biology Classroom through Increased Active Lea (12kB)

Rhett Mohler (Assistant Professor of Geography)

Acquisition fo an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) for Curricular and Co-Curricular Use

This project will give interested students and opportunity to gain hand-on experience with UAS technology.

Acquisition of an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) for Curricular and Co-Curricular (12kB)

Sally Decker (Professor of Nursing)

Use of Gaming: Friday Night in the ER Game as an Educational Learning Experience

Educational gaming is a strtegy that has he potential to provide active learning and stimulate student motivation.

Use of Gaming: Friday Night in the ER Game as an Educational Learning Experience (12kB)

Will Williamson (Professor of Rhetoric and Professional Writing) and Scott Kowalewski (Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Professional Writing)

Preparing 21st-Century Communicators: Audio Production in Professional and Technical Writing

This project will better prepare professional and technical writing (PTW) students to be rhetorically-effective, technologically-adept 21st-century communicators

Preparing 21st-Century Communicators: Audio Production in Professional and Techn (12kB)