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This list features internal DePaul grants for enhancing instruction. The University Research Council provides assistance for other types of funding, with a focus on research.
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The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) requests proposals for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Grant Program during the early fall of each academic year. The primary goal of the program is to provide funding support (up to $2,500) to any faculty or instructional staff member at DePaul University who pursue rigorous investigation on teaching and learning and make public their findings in suitable peer-reviewed outlets.
In January of 2014, the University Faculty Council endorsed the following definition of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning:
“[SoTL is] the rigorous investigation of student learning, with the purpose of developing novel teaching methodologies and practices that can lead to the measurable enhancement of student learning. The results of the investigation are made public through quality scholarly outlets and widely-accepted conferences and general or discipline-specific journals.”
This definition makes it clear that SoTL in its own right aligns naturally with DePaul’s mission. In fact, one of the central purposes stated by DePaul University mission regards research broadly:
“Research is supported both for its intrinsic merit and for the practical benefits it offers to faculty, students, and society. Broadly conceived, research at the university entails not only the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge but also the creation and interpretation of artistic works, application of expertise to enduring societal issues, and development of methodologies that improve inquiry, teaching and professional practice.”
Moreover, the definition explicitly requires that any SoTL work lead to measurable improvement of student learning—not just students’ perceptions of learning. Because the focus is on student learning, the definition allows for research in any discipline and the use of a diverse array of methodologies. SoTL research, thus, may be quantitative or qualitative in nature and may focus on class, course, program, department, cross-department, and co-curricular levels. Finally, SoTL work is expected to be made public and peer reviewed in some way.
Proposals are due to the Center for Teaching and Learning by Friday, September 18th, 2020 and should be submitted online below. Award recipients will be notified by Friday, October 9th, 2020. Selected recipients will need to submit a final report for the grant project to CTL by September 1st, 2021.
Eligible expenses may include:
Research proposals will be peer reviewed by a selection committee which will include several members of the Society of Vincent DePaul Professors. Given the limited award money available, the review committee has the difficult task of approving funding for only a few of the best research proposals based upon whether or not the proposals align with definition of SoTL endorsed by the University Faculty Council, and then on the level at which the proposals meet the following SoTL criteria:
All SoTL funded proposals are expected to meet the requirements listed below. Failure to meet these requirements may result in ineligibility for future funding.
Proposal Cycle for 2020-21 Closed
Grant recipients submit final reports documenting their projects. If you are a grant recipient, please download a grant closure report template to be used for your final report.
The Quality of Instruction Council (QIC) supports faculty efforts to enhance the curricular offerings of DePaul University by awarding grants to individual faculty, groups of faculty, and departments. Submissions are completed in Campus Connect. Grant deadlines are October 15 and March 15.
The Public Service Council (PSC) assists faculty in incorporating meaningful public service and service learning into their coursework. The council currently supports grant programs for instruction and research as well as a series of annual faculty awards for service. Inquiries may be directed to PSC@depaul.edu. Grant proposals are submitted in Campus Connect and the deadlines are October 15 for the fall and March 15 for the spring.
The Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion requests proposals for the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Grants at DePaul (DIIG@DePaul) Program. The overall goal of this funding opportunity is to leverage the talents, passion, wisdom, and expertise of our diverse faculty to help DePaul University become the most welcoming and inclusive campus environment it can be. Accordingly, the DIIG@DePaul Program aims at empowering faculty to become active and engaging advocates for diversity in order to create a university community where all individuals feel truly appreciated and where their contributions are seriously considered and respected. Under the leadership of our President, Gabriel Esteban, and as stated in part 2 of the University Grounded in Mission strategic plan “We will nurture an inclusive and welcoming community in which every member is empowered to express themselves fully and supported to realize their full potential… to improve their sense of belonging and their overall experience at DePaul."