The Faculty Development Center (FDC)
offers the following grants to faculty members to enhance teaching and
learning at Furman University. Expenses that can be covered by these
grants may include, but are not limited to: fees and expenses for
conferences/workshops directly related to teaching; innovative classroom
technologies; multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, or
transdisciplinary faculty collaboration to develop new teaching and
learning models/methods/techniques/assessments, or collaborative
projects aimed at developing or enhancing
departmental/inter-departmental curricula or co-curricula; and honoraria
for speakers to enhance campus-wide faculty development and/or teaching
and learning. Funding may not be used to reimburse costs already
Members of the FDC peer-mentor team will review proposals for their
relative merits in enhancing teaching effectiveness and student
learning. In general, favorable proposals are those that have a
substantial number of students whose learning will be positively
impacted, can improve long-term retention of learned skills and
knowledge, have strategic plans to sustain the proposed project beyond
the funding period, and have high transferability of the project
outcomes to other departments and/or beyond Furman’s campus. Award
decisions will be made on a rolling basis.
Please do not hesitate to contact FDC with questions about these grants and/or the application process.
Teaching Development Grant
These grants are intended to support faculty who seek to enhance
teaching effectiveness and to facilitate student learning. Awards
provide support for expenses related to teaching development activities
and generally range between $100-$1000. While most faculty members use
these awards to attend education conferences and workshops or to significantly revamp or enhace the existing courses or develop new courses taking different pedagogical approaches, the use of
faculty research skills, and intellectual curiosity, to study and
improve teaching and learning through SoTL (scholarship of teaching
and learning), projects is particularly welcome. Additionally, to
encourage collaboration, proposals can be submitted individually or as a
team. Team proposals will be considered for increased funding support.
Please note that these awards are not meant to provide continuous,
long-term support beyond the funding period. If you expect requested
funding to exceed $1000, please contact FDC prior to submitting the
application and/or indicate how you plan to secure additional funds in
the application. For requesting funding to attend meetings of professional or learned organizations, please consult Furman University Policies and Procedures 166.1
. Please submit your proposal by filling out the online form.
Upon completion of the funded project, please submit your post-project report by filling out this online form
TEACHING INNOVATION GRANT
These grants are designed to support faculty exploration of the
effective integration of new technologies and/or pedagogies into
their teaching practice and may take the form of individual or team-based proposals. Faculty may request up to $1000 for individual
awards. Proposals may include purchase of appropriate technology/equipment but are not meant to provide such support for more than one semester. If
you expect requested funding to exceed $1000, please contact the FDC Executive Director prior
to submitting the request and/or indicate how you plan to secure
additional funds in the application. Team proposals will be considered for increased funding support. To begin the process, please consult FDC personnel to discuss your proposal or fill out the online form.
Upon completion of the funded project, please submit your post-project report by filling out this online form.