Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grants

Review Process

Grant applications will be evaluated on the quality of proposed scholarship and its potential contribution to the advancement of teaching and learning. Though the scholarship must be research-based, this may be broadly defined to include classroom research, research on the application and impact of existing educational models and methods, and research concerning other innovative methods that address teaching and learning at Indiana University.

Proposals will be peer reviewed for the soundness of approach, scholarly products to be delivered, potential impact of the results, creativity, uniqueness, and scholars’ potential to serve as a resource for others in the SOTL community. Inherent in the grant is the obligation to share knowledge and expertise.

The faculty review committee will base their decisions upon the following SOTL criteria.

Criteria

 

Clear Goals

1.  Are the goals and purpose of the work clearly articulated?

Adequate Preparation

2.  Is there evidence that the scholar possesses the prerequisite skills to thoroughly conduct the research (e.g., by conducting a review of relevant scholarly literature in the field)?

Appropriate Methods

3.  Will the scholarship be carried out in a competent manner? 

 

4.  Will the appropriate procedures and methods be used to investigate the problem?

 

5.  Will the research yield credible results?

 

6.  Does the proposal acknowledge and build upon past scholarly work?

Significant Results

7.  Can the results contribute to the knowledge base of the field?

 

8.  Does the proposal indicate how other scholars in the field will be informed of the results?

Sharing the Work

9.  Following the study, will the scholarship be accessible to the intellectual or professional community and meet the standards of quality for the medium in which it is presented?  

Reflective Critique

 

10.  Is there evidence that the scholar will learn from the experience and will be able to share and apply this knowledge to future work?

Adapted and modified from: Glassick C.E, Huber M,T, Maeroff G.I, Boyer E.L., and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. 1997. Scholarship assessed: Evaluation of the professoriate. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. and “Guideline for Reviewers” at the Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Funding Levels

The following funding levels are available to support SOTL projects. Applicants should self-select into the funding level that they deem as most aligned with their proposal, with eligibility for funding based upon the criteria outlined for each phase. Both new projects and projects that received support in the past are encouraged to apply.

  • Phase I - $2,000

    Duration/Funding Cycle

    • One time and for one year

    Criteria

    • Clearly articulated teaching and learning question that will be addressed using appropriate research methods

    Required Outcomes

    • A written report including final budget and sound evidence of student learning
  • Phase II - $5,000

    Duration/Funding Cycle

    • One or more years
    • Faculty members can reapply for additional funding of the project two more times

    Criteria

    • One or more of the following:
      • Completion of Phase I outcomes
      • Evidence of previous SOTL work, publications, grants
      • Completion of Phase II outcomes
    • Evidence that continued funding of research will make significant contribution to the field
    • Teams of 2 or more investigators required

    Required Outcomes

    • A written report including final budget and sound evidence of student learning
    • One of the following
      • Public presentation at a regional/national/international conference
      • Published article
      • Other innovative ways of disseminating the work beyond the IUB community
    • Evidence that the work has made a contribution to the field and has added to the relevant literature
  • Phase III - $12,000

    Duration/Funding Cycle

    • Two or more years
    • Faculty members can reapply for additional funding of the project two more times

    Criteria

    • One or more of the following:
      • Completion of Phase II outcomes
      • Evidence that previous SOTL work, publications, and grants have made significant innovative contributions to the field
      • Completion of Phase III outcomes
    • Evidence that continued funding of research will make significant contribution to the field 
    • Teams of 2 or more investigators required
    • Integration with other ongoing projects and communities of inquiry encouraged

    Required Outcomes

    • A written report including final budget and sound evidence of student learning
    • Public presentation at a regional/national/international conference
    • Published article or other innovative ways of disseminating the work beyond the IUB community
    • Evidence that the work has made a significant contribution to the field and has added to the relevant literature

Submission Process

All full-time faculty members of Indiana University Bloomington are eligible to apply. Teams and individuals applying for grants should electronically submit a single PDF document to sotl@indiana.edu. Please include the following materials in your proposal, and in this order:

  1. Cover sheet with the following information:
    1. Title of project
    2. Name and department/school of each investigator
    3. Email address for contact purposes
    4. Funding level requested (Phase I, Phase II, Phase III)
    5. Duration of funding period in months or years
  2. Abstract - A summary of your project in 300 words or less.
  3. Project Description - In no more than five, single-spaced pages, please describe your research project. Please include:
    1. purpose of the investigation along with specific research objectives
    2. means by which you will determine whether your objectives have been met
    3. previous research results when applicable
    4. research methodology, including data collection and analysis
    5. outcomes from the work and how they will contribute to the assessment of student learning at Indiana University, whether that be within a course, a curriculum, a program, or institutionally 
    6. evidence that the scholar will reflect on their experience and incorporate the knowledge into future teaching
    7. significance and impact the study may have upon undergraduate or graduate teaching and learning and the assessment
    8. manner in which results will be disseminated
  4. purpose of the investigation along with specific research objectives
    1. previous research results when applicable
    2. significance and impact the study may have upon undergraduate or graduate teaching and learning and the assessment
    3. outcomes from the work and how they will contribute to the assessment of student learning at Indiana University, whether that be within a course, a curriculum, a program, or institutionally 
    4. research methodology, including data collection and analysis
    5. means by which you will measure the success of your project
    6. manner in which results will be disseminated
    7. reflective teaching practices
  5. Budget narrative - As part of the narrative, please include a list or table of the items, their cost, and the total.
  6. Research plan and timeline
  7. Short CVs for all investigators - maximum of 4 pages per investigator
  8. Nominating letter - from the dean, department chair, or unit head of each participating investigator

Proposal Submission Checklist

Please use the following checklist to ensure your submission includes the required materials.

____  Cover Sheet

____  Abstract (300 word maximum)

____  Description of Project (maximum of 5 pages please)

____  Budget Narrative

____  Research Timeline

____  Short CVs (maximum of 4 page CV per investigator please)

____  Nominating Letters

  1. purpose of the investigation along with specific research objectives
  2. means by which you will determine whether your objectives have been met
  3. previous research results when applicable
  4. research methodology, including data collection and analysis
  5. outcomes from the work and how they will contribute to the assessment of student learning at Indiana University, whether that be within a course, a curriculum, a program, or institutionally 
  6. evidence that the scholar will reflect on their experience and incorporate the knowledge into future teaching
  7. significance and impact the study may have upon undergraduate or graduate teaching and learning and the assessment
  8. manner in which results will be disseminated