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Teaching Innovation

Teaching Innovation Grants are intended to promote excellence in teaching through the development of innovative instructional methods, new methods of assessing learning or the redesign or courses using technology.

Gabriel Cutrufello, professor of professional writing

How to apply for a Teaching Innovation Grant

  • Funding Information

    Funding Information

    Projects will be funded up to $1500 for individual faculty and more for faculty teams (amounts awarded will vary) on a rolling basis (no application deadline).  Funds are not to be used for materials more rightly funded by another source, such as departmental equipment or standard laboratory supplies and excludes funding for labor. Non-consumable items become the property of York College of Pennsylvania. Computer software and hardware purchases must be approved by LTS. Funding received may be used only for the purposes stated in the proposal. Recipients will submit update reports within one year to the CAI Director, who will publish portions of the proposal and a follow-up report on the website, in a newsletter, and an annual assessment reports. All awards are subject to the availability of funds.

  • Application Process and Timeline

    Application Process and Timeline

    All faculty members at York College of Pennsylvania may apply for a Teaching Innovation Grant. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the available funds are expended.  Allow two weeks for the grant review process.

  • Proposal Criteria

    Proposal Criteria

    Each Teaching Innovation Grant proposal should include the following information:

    • Participant information: name, department, and contact information.  If you will work collaboratively or lead a group of faculty, provide your colleagues' information as well.
    • Abstract: project title and an abstract suitable for public distribution and sharing on the website
    • Project significance: state the learning goals and needs this project is addressing
    • Project plan & timeline: identify the methods you will use, the resources you need, and a timeline for project completion
    • Budget worksheet: provide an itemized budget that specifies all anticipated expenses for the proposed project
    • Assessment plan: description of an assessment plan that measures the impact of the innovation project on student learning
  • Selection Criteria

    Selection Criteria

    Grant applications are reviewed by members of the Faculty Development Projects and Resources Committee.

    • Problem/need: the degree to which the project or course design/redesign addresses a significant pedagogical need and its likelihood of success in addressing the need specified
    • Teaching innovation and use of active learning strategies: the degree to which the approaches are innovative for the individual, the department, or the field, and are pedagogically sound; and the degree in which active learning strategies are planned to be implemented
    • Potential impact: the potential that the project has for enhancing student engagement, active learning, meeting learning outcomes and increasing student success in multiple disciplines, as well as the plan for sharing what is learned
    • Evaluation: the effectiveness of the proposed evaluation process in assessing the impact of the project on student learning
    Examples of the kinds of resources that a Teaching Innovation Grant could support:
    • Engage with instructional development programs: You could take a workshop or purchase resource materials about a specific teaching pedagogy (such as Reacting to the Past). Then, you could test that pedagogy in your classes. After assessing the impact, you will become a resource for your colleagues who are interested.
    • Purchase, learn, and apply new technologies or equipment: You could research and test a pedagogy in your classes that require specific equipment, such as hardware and software for quick class feedback such as Edthena. Then assess the impact and share what you learn with your colleagues.
    • Purchase a simulation or instructional gaming package: You could fund the purchase or development of a scenario or simulation package that you and several colleagues run with students (such as the Community Action Poverty Simulation, a unique tool that community action agencies use to educate stakeholders about the day to day realities of life with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress). Then, you and a group of your colleagues would implement that pedagogy in your classes. After assessing the impact, you might help additional faculty implement the new pedagogy in their classes.
    • Sponsor a workshop, webinar, or guest speaker: You could sponsor a workshop (such as from the Buck Institute of Education on Problem-Based Learning) or a guest speaker (such as John Bean, an expert on teaching critical thinking and author of Engaging Ideas). You and your colleagues would then implement the suggested pedagogies in your classes. After assessing the impact, you would help more faculty implement the new ideas.


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Center for Teaching and Learning
Campbell Hall, 216
Phone: 717.815.6750

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Renee Figge
Administrative Assistant


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Adjunct Faculty Fellow


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