Pedagogical Partner Up Grants
We recognized that faculty have poured a great deal of time, energy, and creativity into your teaching the Fall 2020 semester. We have borne witness to faculty's excellent teaching across all modalities, and we wanted to provide avenues for faculty to share your contributions. The surveys of the last two months of 2020 have provided constructive feedback that reflects everything from excitement to frustration, all stemming from a place of dedication to your students and SMU's instructors' expertise as faculty. Many of our faculty's comments highlighted the creative ways faculty adapted to the SMUFlex and Virtual modalities. Thank you.
As a response to faculty feedback, we were 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 served as a nexus for faculty to enhance their own pedagogical knowledge while sharing with colleagues. Each pod consolidated their learning to share information out with other faculty in 2021.
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 navigated the 2020 year. Each pod determined 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 had 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.
Applications closed on Monday, November 30th
Recipients were announced on Friday, December 4th