Creative Teaching Fund

The Creative Teaching Fund is a resource to support innovative teaching with a focus on making learning more engaging, challenging, fulfilling, and effective for students. This fund is meant to support small scale teaching needs that come up in the course of a semester.

The Creative Teaching Fund can be used for any kind of activity that supports innovation in teaching. Some examples include: taking students to an exhibition or a performance; events or workshops; materials for teaching; and data sets for student work. Smaller requests, under $1000, can be made on a rolling basis.  Applications for larger amounts, $1000-$3000, will be accepted on October 15, 2021, February 15, 2022 and May 15, 2022.

The application process of the Creative Teaching Fund is via this google form. If you would like to see the application questions before you sit down to submit the form, please have a look at this google document which you can make a copy of in order to draft your answers. Using a copy of the google document as a draft will also help you when you need to ask your chair to email cvecchio@umich their support of your project.

LEO Inclusive Teaching Grant

The Inclusive Teaching Professional Development Fund for LEO Lecturers is a pilot program effective September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2022. It is funded by the Provost’s office and calls for applications for grants to be submitted on or before May 15, 2022. This program is separate and distinct from the LEO Professional Development Fund.

The 2018-2022 collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Lecturers’ Employee Organization (LEO) calls for the establishment of the Inclusive Teaching Professional Development Fund (the “Fund”) for LEO Lecturers, of all ranks, on the Dearborn campus. This is a pilot program effective September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2022. Awards of up to $1,000 are available to eligible Lecturers each academic year. The purpose of the Fund is to provide professional development funds for Lecturers seeking to develop and enhance skills to better engage in inclusive teaching practices at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Please consider applying for the LEO Inclusive Teaching Grant that the LEO Union won for all three campuses in the last contract negotiations. Here is the program description and the link to the application form

Lecturer Professional Development Grant

The purpose of these funds is to enhance professional growth of UM-Dearborn faculty covered by the LEO collective bargaining agreement. Professional development activities include, but are not limited to workshops, seminars, and travel to professional conferences. AY 21-22 funding total will be decided in the LEO contract but in the meantime, there are carry-forward funds available from previous years. Awards of up to $1,000 are available to eligible Lecturers each academic year.

The Lecturer Professional Development Grant can be used for Workshops, webinars, books, conference travel, data sets, guest speakers, compensation for the Lecturer for time spent developing/implementing teaching practices (not to exceed $40 an hour), or other activities not excluded.

Available to any Lecturer who has an active appointment or who is on an approved leave of absence at the time a proposal is submitted may apply for an award from the Fund. Applicants must first have exhausted professional development funding options, if they exist, from their academic units.



Assessment Grant

The goal of this fund is to support innovation in assessment design, methods, and closing-the-loop changes, aimed at enhancing student achievement of learning goals.  This fund can be used for activities that support innovation in program assessment, including a program’s approach to general education (Dearborn Discovery Core) assessment and integrated learning.  The grant is intended to serve as catalyst funds, not to be relied upon for ongoing support. Some examples of funded activities include: 

  • Purchase of an assessment instrument, including equipment/technology needed for assessment
  • Stipends for faculty time to develop (or re-design) and test an assessment instruments
  • Stipends for faculty time to collect and analyze assessment data, including conducting student focus groups 
  • Hire a student assistant who processes assessment data 
  • Funds to hold a faculty retreat focused on program assessment 
  • Speaker or consultant who is expert in a particular field’s assessment techniques 
  • Faculty attendance at an assessment conference or workshop specific to the field

Deadline for applications: May 21, 2022

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