Center for Teaching Grants



The Center gives grants to groups of faculty members or individual faculty members for projects for which the purpose is to enhance the quality of teaching at the University. The Center receives an annual budget to fund these activities.

Funding Priorities and Practices

The Center's mandate "is to encourage and promote teaching excellence among our faculty." In our funding, we favor projects that promise a long-term impact on teaching and learning. Our funding priorities are:

  • Supporting pedagogical development and teaching innovations.

  • Developing or significantly enhancing teaching or courses which [a] connect faculty’s research, writing, or creative expression more closely to teaching, or [b] meet pressing curricular needs.

  • Professional enhancement or programs that contribute to effective teaching.

  • Significant course development or revision activities other than these listed above.

In general, Center for Teaching funds will not be used for materials or projects which are more appropriately supported by other University budgets (e.g., Research Grants, departmental budgets). In addition, we cannot fund equipment purchases, make any individual awards that exceed $3000 (approximately 10% of our fiscal year budget), support an individual's progress toward an advanced degree, or provide further support for awardees who do not file final reports.

Examples of proposals that enhance teaching: 

  • A workshop at Sewanee for faculty working jointly on course development. 
  • Attendance at an off-campus workshop or conference focused on teaching or acquiring of knowledge and skills related to the participants' teaching assignments.
  • A workshop at Sewanee which focuses on a particular method of teaching or the use of a particular technology in teaching.
  • Bringing to Sewanee a consultant to work with a group of faculty members on course development or some other aspect of teaching.
  • Developing innovative courses using emerging technologies or new pedagogies (active learning, problem-based learning, etc).
  • Course development projects for which the goal is to acquire information and materials from sources located away from Sewanee.

Deadlines and Funding Requirements

For work to be carried out during the remainder of the 2015-2016 academic year (i.e., prior to Commencement 2016), applications must be received by Friday, November 6, 2015.  For work to be carried out in the summer of 2016 or during the 2016-2017 academic year, applications must be received by Tuesday, March 1, 2016.  

Unless otherwise specified, all awards must be completed financially by the end of the fiscal year (June 30th). All awards require final reports covering finances and the project itself. To avoid IRS penalties, the University requires receipts for all expenses approved in the award. Although an award's financial accounting must be completed by the aforementioned deadline, the report on the outcome of the project itself is due no later than 30 days after completion of the project. When appropriate, the Center for Teaching encourages that awardees share the results of their project in a departmental or campus forum.

For additional questions, please contact one of the members of the Advisory Board (Rae Manacsa, Tam Parker, Emily Puckette, Heidi Syler, Jeff Thompson, and Jordan Troisi).  

To apply for a grant, please complete the application form below.