Teaching and Learning Grants 

The Walker Center for Teaching and Learning sponsors two grant programs to encourage innovative teaching at UTC. The High-Impact Practices Development Grant can be used for projects up to $2,000. The new Classroom Mini-Grant offers a streamlined way to bring targeted elements into the classroom up to $300.

The goal of our High-Impact Practices Development Grant is to provide faculty with funds to develop and improve high-impact practices in their courses. High-impact practices, as described by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), focus on specific types of active and experiential learning practices that have been shown to have significant positive effects on student learning outcomes and engagement. This webpage offers snapshots of recently funding projects from areas as diverse as Art, Biology, Counselor Education, Engineering, English, Health and Human Performance, Interior Design, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Philosophy, Physical Therapy, Theater, and Women’s Studies.

The goal of the Classroom Mini-Grant is to provide faculty with funds to more immediately introduce innovative elements into their teaching. Such innovations could include, merely by way of example, white boards for students, scratch-off cards, manipulatives, and honoraria.

See Past Grant Recipients →


Click here to see the projects of Eun Young Kim, Yvonne Slobodenko, and Christina Vogel.

Program Highlights


All UTC faculty and staff (part-time and full-time) are eligible to apply for HIP Development Grants and Classroom Mini-Grants. Graduate teaching assistants may apply as secondary applicants for HIP Development Grants.

Application Process

Be sure to download the appropriate forms for the grant of your choice as HIP Development Grants and Classroom Mini-Grants have separate guidelines and application forms. Send completed applications via email to wctl@utc.edu.

Grant Application Due Dates

The application window renews on the first of each month. As a general rule, grant applications are due the first of each month. However, weekends, holidays and administrative closings can affect these dates. For the current academic year (2019-20), the grant application deadlines are as follows: Sept 3, Oct 1, Nov 1, Dec 2, Jan 2, Feb 3, Mar 3, Apr 1, May 4, June 1, July 1.


Proposed projects must be a part of the regular course of instruction, not to substitute funds or services that would otherwise be provided during the time period in question.

Grant Amounts

Classroom Mini-Grants are funded up to $300. HIP Development Grants are typically funded up to $2,000. Larger amounts may be considered for the HIP Development Grants; see grant guidelines for details.

Click here to see the projects of Amanda Durall, Anne Buggey, and Betsy Myers.

Grant Documents

Classroom Mini-Grant

For targeted classroom elements up to $300:


High-Impact Practices Development Grant

For projects up to $2,000:


Click here to see the projects of Drew Bailey, Susan Eckelmann Berghel, and Elicia Cruz.

Questions and Accommodations

Additional information about high-impact practices and characteristics of quality high-impact practices can be found on AAC&U's website.

If you have questions about the program or require accommodation in applying for the grant, please contact the Walker Center for Teaching and Learning at 423-425-4188 or wctl@utc.edu.

Click here to see the projects of Ethan MillsLiz Hathaway, and Carey McCormack.