Teaching Innovation Grants

Feb. 12, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Brandeis faculty are deeply dedicated teachers and the Provost’s Office, through the Center for Teaching and Learning, is very pleased to announce a new $200,000 program to support faculty Innovations in Teaching. Any Brandeis faculty member may apply for a Teaching Innovation Grant. There will be approximately 20 such grants; while the average award will be about $10,000, you may apply for as little as $500 or as much as $25,000. The grants are intended to support Advances in Pedagogy and Assessment of Student Learning. 

Areas of Focus:

Proposals in the following areas will receive special preference:

  • Interdisciplinary courses with colleagues from other departments
  • The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (i.e., rigorous study of how a particular educational practice affects student learning)
  • Addressing Race and Inequality in the Classroom
  • Experiential Learning and Teaching
  • Redesign of courses into new formats through the use of technology

All proposals should include a description of how student learning will be assessed.

What can grants pay for?

  • Course buyouts to enable team teaching or for planning time
  • Summer stipends or term-time supplements for planning innovative courses
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Equipment and Software
  • Guests (travel fees, honoraria)
  • Travel and admissions fees (e.g., for museums)

Supporting services:

Library and Technology Services, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Experiential Learning and Teaching Office, and the Rabb School will offer a variety of instructional design and other services to help you plan your innovation. Any questions about this RFP should be directed to Dan Perlman, Center for Teaching and Learning director at perlman@brandeis.edu

Proposals are due Friday, March 13 and should be submitted to: provost@brandeis.edu

Proposals should be completed using the attached form. Grants may run through the end of the 2015-16 academic year (June 30, 2016). Proposals will be reviewed by Dan Perlman (CTL), Karen Muncaster (Rabb School), and three Davis Teaching and Learning Fellows.

I am very pleased to be able to support Brandeis faculty members through this new program and look forward to seeing the impact these new teaching innovations on our educational programs. 


Lisa Lynch

Lisa M. Lynch, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and

Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy
Brandeis University

assistant:  Kristen Stevens, kstevens@brandeis.edu
phone:  781-736-2101

Teaching Innovation Grant Proposal