Innovation Grants 

The Walker Center for Teaching and Learning sponsors two grant programs to encourage innovative teaching at UTC. The High-Impact Practices 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 Grant (up to $2,000) 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 (up to $300) 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.

 Please note that we have exhausted HIP and Mini Grant funds for the 2019-2020 academic year and we are currently not accepting applications. Congratulations to all our recipients!

 

See Past Grant Recipients →

 

Slobodenko2018

Yvonne Slobodenko received a High Impact Practices Grant for ESL Institute. Read more here.

Hathaway project

Liz Hathaway received a High Impact Practices Grant for Health & Human Performance. Read more here.

Experiential Learning at UTC

Eun Young Kim received a High Impact Practices Grant for Interior Design. Read more here.

Program Highlights

Eligibility

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

Application Process

Be sure to download the appropriate forms for the grant of your choice as HIP 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.

Requirements

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

 

vogel

Christina Vogel received a High Impact Practices Grant for Art. Read more here.

durall

Amanda Durall received a High Impact Practices Grant for Health & Human Performance. Read more here.

buggey

Ann Buggey received a High Impact Practices Grant for English. Read more here.

 

Grant Documents

 Please note that we have exhausted HIP and Mini Grant funds for the 2019-2020 academic year and we are currently not accepting applications. Congratulations to all our recipients!

High-Impact Practices Grant

For projects up to $2,000:

 

Classroom Mini-Grant

For targeted classroom elements up to $300:

 

mills

Ethan Mills received a High Impact Practices Grant for Philosophy & Religion. Read more here.

myers

Christina Vogel received a High Impact Practices Grant for Physical Therapy. Read more here.

mccormack

Carey McCormack, a lecturer, received a High Impact Practices Grant for a workshop. Read more here.

 

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.

 

bailey

Drew Bailey received a High Impact Practices Grant for Health & Human Performance. Read more here.

berghel

Susan Eckelmann Berghel received a High Impact Practices Grant for Africana Studies. Read more here.

cruz

Elicia Cruz received a High Impact Practices Grant for Occupational Therapy. Read more here.