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Grants in Support of Teaching

Faculty-Student Summer Research Fellowships

These are available to students working with faculty on significant scholarly projects in any of the disciplines taught at Augustana College. For their help in mentoring students in a summer research experience, a faculty member will be awarded an honorarium of $1000. For further information, see Bill Hammer (Geology), and consult the summer research website on CampusNet (log-in required). More information...

Learning Community Stipends

Deadline: Ongoing. Mini grant applications are due one month before the LC is scheduled to be taught.

Notification: Ongoing; funds added to the balance of PMA account Description: Beginning in the 2012-13 academic year, this policy will replace the previous policy of awarding $500 per instructor per LC course each time the LC is offered.

  • Instructors offering a new LC will be awarded a $170 per credit hour stipend per instructor, per LC created (this would mean $510 per new, 3-credit LC course).
  • Instructors offering continuing LCs will be awarded a $100 per credit hour stipend.
  • Instructors offering continuing LCs can apply for an additional $70 per credit hour assessment mini-grant.

To apply for a mini grant, please complete this document and submit to Associate Dean Jeff Ratliff-Crain.    

Humanities Fund

As part of a Challenge Grant received in 1982 from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a $100,000 permanent endowment has been established to support special programs in the humanities.  Earnings from this endowment are used for student and faculty enrichment opportunities as well as for the development and enhancement of courses and programs in the humanities; an "average" award for the Fund is $500.  NEH defines "humanities" to include:

language, linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, theory, and criticism of the arts; those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.

We will give priority to proposals submitted one month before the start of the term in which the project or event is to be held. Thus the recommended deadlines for (2017-18) Winter Term projects will be Oct. 13 and the recommended deadline for Spring Term projects will be Feb. 5. While we will still accept proposals submitted any time during the year, those proposals submitted on or before the deadline will have a better chance of being funded.

There are two categories for funding: 

1. Humanities Fund project (e.g. campus visitors, humanities-related event reception, field trip and related transportation costs etc.)  

2. Curriculum Fund project (e.g. establishing a program/center; planning by faculty for an off-campus study opportunity for students; developing a summer seminar for faculty with related interests; creating a speaker/convocation series, etc.)

Applications should include, in no more than 1000 words:

Name(s) of proposer(s)

Project goals

Description of project

Timetable of project

Proposed budget for project and other sources of funding accessed

Description of how the project will be assessed

Anticipated impact of the project  

A grant report is due after the funded event.

Direct all proposals to the committee chair, Joe McDowell.

Academic Initiatives Fund

Faculty may apply for Academic Initiative Funds for the purpose of funding experiences, equipment, and materials that directly benefit student development or classroom enrichment.  These funds may be used to reimburse costs associated with research interests (e.g. Honoraria, equipment used in research, books, publication and indexing costs, etc.) or improvement of pedagogy (e.g. costs associated with conferences with the aim of improved/expanded methods of teachings, etc.).  All expenditures must be academic in nature.  Funding is awarded on a first-come first-served basis until the money is depleted.  There is a cap of $1,000 per request. 

Applications should include, in no more than 1000 words:

Name(s) of proposer(s)

Project goals

Description of project

Timetable of project

Proposed budget for project and other sources of funding accessed

Description of how the project will be assessed

Anticipated impact of the project

A brief summary report is due after the funded event

To apply, contact Joe McDowell or Mike Wolf.  

Service-Learning and Vocational Reflection Course Development Grants

Augustana's Service-Learning Office and Center for Vocational Reflection encourage and support members of the campus community in continually enriching the learning environment through meaningful reflection and service. We want to nurture commitment, understanding, and responsibility so that our graduates not only have successful careers, but also contribute to their communities and our society, and live life with intention, integrity and generosity in the context of the world around us.

Over the past decade through previous initiatives, Augustana faculty have successfully and creatively integrated reflection and service-learning into a variety of courses on campus. To build upon this work and momentum, we are now requesting proposals from faculty for further integration with two new course design grants - one for developing service-learning courses, and another for integrating reflection. Both grants offer a $500 award for a faculty member's ongoing or to-be-developed course. $250 will be distributed upon grant approval and the remaining $250 will be distributed either upon the first day of the term (Service Learning grant) or after the submission of a post-term reflection (Reflection grant). Grant applications are rolling and will be accepted throughout the year as funds remain available.

The Reflection Grant provides further incentive for a faculty member to integrate purposeful and integrative reflection into a course. Reflection at its heart is "considering for further understanding," and helps students make sense of, see importance in, and find meaning in their educational experiences. Proposals are encouraged therefore to engage students in reflection that might (a) deepen their critical understanding of content and its meaning, (b) relate prior knowledge and other coursework with the proposed course material, and (c) help students consider the implications of their undergraduate experience upon their own self-awareness and future direction.

The Service-Learning Grant provides an incentive for a faculty member to develop a proposal for a "Service-Learning Designated Course." Service-learning is "a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities" (National Service-Learning Clearinghouse). The community served, whether local or afar, must establish the objective of the service project. *Individual courses are not eligible to receive both grants.

Center for Faculty Enrichment Grant Guidelines 2017-18

Enrichment Grants: Reimbursable up to $500
Annual CFE Commitment: $3,000

In 2017-18, the Center for Faculty Enrichment will offer small grants to help offset costs of some enrichment experiences that are not fully covered with monies from individual PMA or PDF. These funds are for professional development opportunities related to teaching (and not, for example, for additional funding to present already-completed work). This might include pedagogy-related conferences such as the annual Teaching Professor Conference or pre-conference workshops/short courses often offered in conjunction with disciplinary research conferences. First avenues of payment must be PMA or PDF and if appropriate, supported by the department.

In this first year, fall 2017 grant proposals will be considered at the beginning of Week 3, Sept. 4, 2017.  Thereafter, grant proposals will be due for first consideration on the first Monday of each term regardless of the date of venue, privileging earlier/upcoming opportunities as part of the criteria. While proposals can be submitted anytime during the academic year, first consideration for each term will be given to those requests that are turned in by the first day of the term.

Complete applications include all of the following:

Name of primary proposer

Additional  people included in proposal

Brief description of the request. Include links to conference or venue, if applicable.

Amount of funds requested. (Unless otherwise noted, all funds are reimbursements. Please submit reimbursement requests with receipts ASAP or within 30 days as possible.)

Expense budget with realistic numbers. (Private transportation is reimbursable for 24 cents/mile.)

Funds requested / received elsewhere?

Department funds requested from chair?     Yes    No      Explain

Other funds requested, to whom/ outcome resolved?

How campus will benefit? A required component of acceptance, and the primary criterion for consideration, is to offer some enrichment opportunity not only for the individual but also to others on campus.  How might you bring this enrichment experience to the campus? (Celebration of Learning; GIFT or CFE session; Friday Conversation, library exhibit; poetry reading, etc.)

Note:  If accepted, a brief announcement will be included in the Faculty Newsletter. Sample text for newsletter: Chris Smith received $250 toward attending the Teaching Professor Conference in Atlanta, Ga., in June, 2018. On-campus offering will be a GIFT session fall term, 2018.

Submit proposals to