Competitive Instructional Grants are intended to foster pedagogical excellence in DePaul’s degree-credit curricula. The Quality of Instruction Council (QIC) accords highest priority to projects that promise a direct and significant impact on the quality of teaching, including improvements in the assessment of student achievement. Both the number of courses and the number of students likely to be affected are important. Creativity and innovation are encouraged but are not necessary. The council welcomes proposals that broaden DePaul's use of proven methods or materials. Competitive Instructional Grants for Term and Part-time Faculty provide up to $1,500.
Possible uses of Competitive Instructional Grants:
- development of courses in accord with college and/or university strategic plans and initiatives
- integrating technology to address new pedagogical or curricular needs
- development of cross-disciplinary courses
- instructional evaluation and assessment experiments
- attendance at workshops to enhance teaching skills
- development of instructional materials
These grants are open to term and part-time faculty who:
- have taught at least four degree-credit courses at DePaul in each of the four preceding academic years, and
- are expected to teach at least four degree-credit courses in the academic year following the receipt of this grant.
Eligible faculty may apply for one Term and Part-time Faculty Competitive Instructional Grant per academic year.
Applications are accepted in the Fall and Winter with deadlines of October 15th and March 15th, respectively. Late applications cannot be accepted.
How to Apply
Applicants should submit the following through Campus Connect (click on “Grant Proposals” in the “Faculty Center” section) by the appropriate deadline:
- Project title
- Abstract — The abstract should describe the project clearly and completely in non-technical terms.
- Work plan and timeline — The work plan and timeline should be thorough, realistic, and feasible. Further, the specific outcomes for the project should be articulated.
- Budget narrative — The budget narrative should clearly justify all requested expenses and provide sources for estimated costs. Note: research participant pay is limited to $10/hour. Further, wages for requested personnel should account for fringe benefits at a rate of 10%.
- Budget form — The budget form should account for each item of expense discussed in the budget narrative.
- Tentative syllabus
Applicants will also be asked to attach the following to their application:
- Narrative — The narrative should describe the project in clear, non-technical language. The narrative should also present a compelling argument in favor of the project which will include a clear description of the project's goals and objectives. Further, the narrative should explain the relationship between the project and the applicant's teaching, research, and/or service interests.
- Current CV
- Endorsement letter from the chair/dean of their academic unit that (a) speaks to the merits of the project, (b) details the applicant's teaching for the four preceding academic years, and (c) speaks to the applicant's expected teaching load for the academic year following the receipt of the grant.
Expectations and Requirements of Recipients
Grant recipients should keep the following in mind:
- Grant funds are made available to the faculty member upon completion of budget manager training.
- All spending must comply with the Council's guidelines regarding eligible and ineligible expenses.
- Funding is for 12 months after the grant is approved.
- A final report must be submitted within 30 days of the grant's expiration. Failure to submit the final report will result in the faculty member being ineligible for future funding from the councils. This report should delineate the activities conducted during the grant, describe the achievement of the project outcomes as outlined in the proposal, and list financial expenditures (include copies of all invoices over $100).