Pedagogical Partner Up Grants
We recognize that faculty have poured a great deal of time, energy, and creativity into their teaching in recent years. We have borne witness to faculty's excellent teaching across all modalities, and we want to provide avenues for faculty to share their contributions.
As a response to faculty feedback, we are excited to announce a call for applications for Partner-Up Grants of $2,000 for full-time faculty to participate in faculty-led learning pods focused on priority areas that emerged as topics from the faculty surveys. Each pod serves as a nexus for faculty to enhance their own pedagogical knowledge while sharing with colleagues.
The goal of Partner Up Grants was multi-fold: support faculty helping one another with pedagogy; disseminate ideas more broadly across the academic year; and make more visible the ways that faculty have navigated pedagogical challenges. Partner up pods determine the best dissemination strategy for their ideas that can range from generating resources for the SMU Keep Teaching site, conducting workshops with CTE, developing short videos, or making presentations at department meetings. Every pod receives ongoing assistance from CTE/OIT/Libraries.
Funding priorities included the following and were open to all full-time faculty:
- Representation across a wide range of pedagogical approaches (from discussion-based to lecture-driven; from creative exploration to objective exam learning)
- Faculty drawn across a variety of disciplines from all Schools and Colleges
- Focus on all teaching modalities
We created a simple online application that made it easy for faculty to apply. The link provided took faculty to the application that asked for a 250-word description of the area in which they were most interested and a 100-word description of ideas for disseminating what teams learned.