Grants and Stipends

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, 2022, February 15, 2023 and May 15, 2023.

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.

The James and May Bell Loeb Creative Teaching Endowment

The James and May Bell Loeb Creative Teaching Endowment provides support to faculty to encourage innovative teaching and to extend the educational process beyond the classroom. The Loeb fund is utilized whenever a Creative Teaching Fund application meets the criteria of extending the educational experience out of the classroom and into the community.

LEO Inclusive Teaching Grant

Awards of up to $1,200 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. There is a rolling deadline, with at least a two week review period, for applications up until May 15th, 2023.

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. Awards of up to $1,500 are available to eligible Lecturers each academic year. There is a rolling deadline, with a two week review period, up until May 15th, 2023.

Here is the Program Description and the Application Form.

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, 2023

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