Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grants

With support from the Provost’s Office, the Teaching and Learning Committee encourages faculty and staff to engage in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), in more systematic and effective assessment of student learning, and in using what is learned through these endeavors to improve teaching and learning at Kalamazoo College. To accomplish those goals, faculty and staff may apply for mini-grants to support SoTL Projects. Each academic year, three grants, ranging from $1,000-$1,200 will be provided for SoTL projects at the course, department/program, or even college level. We especially encourage interdisciplinary projects and those projects that include staff as well as faculty. Grant recipients will receive half of the grant at the outset of the project and the balance of the grant upon submission of a final report. Recipients of SoTL mini-grants will be notified as soon as proposals have been reviewed.

2015-16 PROPOSAL DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2015

To apply for a SoTL mini-grant, complete our grant application.

Be sure to review “Responsibilities” described below and questions on the Report Form before applying for a SoTL Mini-Grant to make sure that you are willing to commit to taking on the responsibilities of a SoTL Project.

Responsibilities for Faculty and Staff Receiving SoTL Mini-Grants

  • Carry out your SoTL project with rigor and scholarly effort consistent with scholarship in your field.  (Note: methods you use in your SoTL project might differ from those you use in your field; effort, thoroughness, and perspicacity applied to your SoTL project should be similar to that applied to your other scholarly endeavors.)
  • If invited, present results of your project at our annual Teaching and Learning Symposium at the outset of Fall Term.  The SoTL Project Recipients will be the focus of the Symposium every other year.
  • Submit a final report by completing and submitting the Report Form on the following pages.  The final report will be due at the beginning of the academic year following the receipt of the grant (e.g., 2015-16 grant recipients will need to submit their report at the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year, by September 30, 2016).

Guidelines are based on Chapter Two, Standards of Scholarly Work, in Scholarship Assessed:  Evaluation of the Professoriate, by Charles E. Glassick, Mary Taylor Huber, and Gene I. Maeroff, Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1997 and on the Kalamazoo College Teagle Grant Proposal Guidelines, drafted by Paul Sotherland and Anne Dueweke, 2009.  Revised by the Teaching and Learning Committee, 2013.