Center for Teaching Excellence

The Center for Teaching Excellence, in partnership with Academic Technology Services, is happy to open applications for Just-in-Time Teaching and Technology Grants (JiTTT). This program will provide small grants (up to $500 each) to faculty from across campus when they need it most — at the start of the semester.

 

The goal of this grant program is to reduce the barriers for faculty acquiring needed materials or technology for their classrooms. We want to help by providing funding at a critical planning point for the semester. Given the unique nature of the Fall 2020 semester, we have opted to offer the grants two weeks after the start of the semester to allow you time to see what additional, unanticipated needs may arise.

It is our hope that this program will support your efforts to improve SMU's teaching quality.

Please note that if you intend to apply for the grant as a means to subsidize a purchase greater than $500, the remaining funds must be provided by an SMU department or division. Personal funds may not be used to cover costs over the amount awarded.

Applications for the Fall 2020 semester are open and will be reviewed at two deadlines:

 

Priority Deadline: September 4th at 5:00PM

Final Deadline: September 11th at 5:00PM

 

Apply Now!

 

To learn more about previous grant winners, click here

JiTTT Faculty Spotlight:

 

Professor talking to students 

 

Engineering students in Professor Villarreal-Suarez’s Analog and Digital Controls course work on their final temperature control experiment using sous-vide technique, a scientific approach to cooking, funded by CTE JITTT grant.

Professor Villarreal-Suarez created a unique learning opportunity for students with a twist: using concepts from class to improve their culinary skills! Sous-vide is a scientific method of cooking, used by professional chefs, in which food is placed in a plastic bag and cooked in a water bath for a period of time at an accurately controlled temperature. The objective was for students to team up and build sous-vide machines, consisting of a thermometer, power supply, water heater, and microcontroller. For their final exam, he hosted a "top chef" competition where students cooked food to perfection by scientifically controlling their sous-vide machines. This practice allowed students to not only solidify their knowledge of the class, but also learn/improve the valuable life skill of cooking.