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Grants

Faculty may apply for travel grants to teaching/learning conferences. A call for applications for Fall or Spring grants is issued during the first part of each semester.

Travel Grant Application


Sample Grant 1 | Sample Grant 2 | Sample Grant 3

Teaching Center Faculty Travel Grants

One of the Teaching Center’s goals is to encourage the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) in its various forms and manifestations. Attending conferences or workshops that are directly related to teaching can enable a faculty member to focus on teaching and learning, and thus to discover what others are doing to improve teaching and enhance student learning. The Teaching Center provides funds to support faculty members to attend conferences or workshops in which a major focus is on teaching and student learning in higher education or on scholarly material that will be used in teaching at Belmont. We attempt to balance the distribution of funds over the course of the year, among academic disciplines, and between first time applicants and previous recipients.

 

Guidelines: 

  1. An applicant must be a full-time faculty member at Belmont.
  2. The proposal for a travel grant must focus on a faculty member’s experience directly connected to college-level teaching at a conference or workshop. Online conferences are not eligible for a travel grant. The venue can be a general conference devoted to teaching or SoTL, a specific conference on a particular aspect of teaching (e.g., team-based learning, instructional technology, teaching by the case-study method, problem-based learning, and so on), or a disciplinary conference with a significant portion of its sessions devoted to teaching and learning. If participation in a disciplinary conference is proposed, the applicant should specifically indicate how the content of the conference will inform her or his teaching. The proposal should clearly indicate how participation will benefit Belmont (as opposed to some outside agency).
  3. Because of budget limitations and the number of requests for support from the Teaching Center, grants will typically be at most $750 per person for a workshop or conference.
  4. An application must describe the conference/workshop, the ways the specific conference/workshop will enrich the applicant’s teaching at Belmont (including linkage to specific courses the applicant teaches), the estimated costs to attend, other potential funding sources, and any other information that would be helpful in the consideration of this request (e.g., a link to a flyer or brochure describing the conference). If the applicant is presenting at the conference, the application should also include specifics about other elements of the conference that will inform her or his teaching. By itself, presenting at the conference is neither an advantage nor a disadvantage for being awarded a travel grant.
  5. An application should be for a single conference/workshop. To apply for a second conference/workshop, an additional application is required in a separate round of funding. That is, a faculty member may not apply for two separate events in one round of funding.
  6. A grant proposal for the fall semester round of funding should typically be for a conference/workshop in the October-February time period. A grant proposal for the spring semester round of funding should typically be for a conference/workshop in the March-September time period.
  7. Please confer with the Teaching Center Advisory Board (TCAB) member from your college if you have questions or want guidance or feedback prior to submitting an application. If you are submitting your first Teaching Center grant proposal, we strongly encourage you to seek input from your college’s TCAB representative. TCAB members are listed at the bottom of these guidelines.
  8. TCAB members and the Director of the Teaching Center will review travel grant requests and determine grant recipients. Please send the application electronically to teachingcenter@belmont.edu by the deadline indicated on the application. Nanci Alsup will confirm receipt of the application.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Grant recipients will be notified before Fall Break during the fall semester and before Spring Break during the spring semester.

 

Travel Grant Application


Sample Grant 1 | Sample Grant 2 | Sample Grant 3


 

Teaching Center Advisory Board members for the 2019-20 academic year:


College of Business - Amy Crook
College of Entertainment & Music Business - Doyuen Ko
College of Health Sciences - Elena Espiritu
College of Law - Debbie Farringer
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences - Andrea Stover
College of Pharmacy - Elisa Greene
College of Sciences & Mathematics - Chris Barton
College of Theology & Christian Ministry and Library Faculty - Jenny Mills
College of Music and Performing Arts, and College of Architecture, Art & Design - Lesley Mann

Assistant Director of the Teaching Center (ex-officio) - Christie Kleinmann