CFE SOTL, Research Communication, and Professional Exploration and Growth Grants

Introduction

The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) offers grants for UNC-CH faculty in the areas of:

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL)
  • Research Communication
  • Professional Exploration and Growth (PEG)

Any full-time UNC-CH faculty member (tenure-track/tenured or fixed-term) can apply for these grants. For each grant cycle, eligible faculty members can apply for a grant in one of the three areas. For SOTL and Research Communication grant programs, faculty applicants need to indicate whether they are applying for a publication or presentation grant (NOTE: For presentation grants, faculty applicants need to submit an email confirming they have an accepted abstract for the conference to which they are planning to attend)

Deadlines

Next deadline is March 13, 2017 at 5pm

  • March 13, 2017 at 5pm
  • May 1, 2017 at 5pm
  • September 11, 2017 at 5pm
  • December 11, 2017 at 5pm

Grant Duration

The duration of each grant is 1 year; PEG grants need to be used within grant-year period.

Grant Programs

For each grant program, see below definitions and examples of each program, application contents, evaluation criteria, and summary checklist of application materials.

SOTL

RESEARCH COMMUNICATION

PEG

What is SOTL?

Scholarly inquiry into student learning to advance the practice of teaching by making inquiry findings public

What is Research Communication?

Methods and processes to communicate faculty research to broader audiences. Audiences can include lay/community audiences, grant agencies, politicians/lobbyists, and ad hoc groups/organizations. Methods/processes to communicate can include through the media (including social media), white papers, hearings, and other forms of engaged scholarship

What is PEG?

Professional exploration and growth (PEG) activities are structured learning opportunities, which help faculty members broaden their skills as teachers, scholars, and leaders and may occur at any stage of one’s career. Typically, these opportunities are (1) voluntarily undertaken as areas for growth identified by the individual faculty member, (2) non-credit-bearing, and (3) focused on practices/topics which could be shared with and applied by others on the UNC campus.

What are examples of SOTL projects CFE would fund?
  • Scholarly inquiry of your teaching and/ or your students’ learning
  • Scholarly inquiry of teaching various student populations in higher education (e.g., veterans, first generation college students, professional students, graduate students, or undergraduates)
  • Case studies focusing on teaching in a particular discipline or using a teaching approach or technology to impact student learning
  • Conducting an educational research project in the classroom or other educational setting (e.g., lab or field work)
  • The impact on student learning from redesigning your course or classroom
  • Concepts and processes to help students learn in a particular subject matter/disciplinary area
  • Concepts and processes that demonstrate how you integrate your teaching with your research
  • Other SOTL projects are welcome; discuss with Molly Sutphen (msutphen@email.unc.edu) in advance of applying
What are examples of Research Communication projects CFE would fund?
  • Reflective essay focusing on your own experiences with communicating your research to broader audiences
  • Case studies focusing on using a particular type of method (e.g., social media) to communicate your research and its impact on broader audience understanding
  • Methods and processes you have used to communicate your research to different types of audiences (e.g., within and outside your disciplinary area)
  • Comparing traditional scholarship with other form of research communication you have used to communicate your research findings
  • Other research communication projects are welcome; discuss with Sohini Sengupta (sengups@unc.edu) in advance of applying
What are examples of Professional Exploration and Growth grants CFE would fund?
Grant Award Types and Amounts?
  • Publication grants to support faculty with any data collection or publication costs related to publishing in a scholarly journal, publishing a book chapter, or developing a book prospectus; up to $5,000 can be requested
  • Presentation grants to defray costs associated with conference registration and travel to conferences to present SOTL project (NOTE: If your conference and travel expenses are being offset by the conference organizer or other agency, you would not be eligible to apply for this grant); up to $2,500 can be requested

NOTE: Applicants will be asked to indicate whether they are applying for either a publication or presentation grant in the online application

Grant Award Types and Amounts?
  • Publication grants to support faculty engaged scholarship in different forms (e.g., photovoice, digital humanities, photo/video story telling) or publication of scholarly product that focuses on research communication experience; up to $5,000 can be requested
  • Presentation grants to defray costs associated with conference registration and travel to conferences to present on research communication project (NOTE: If your conference and travel expenses are being offset by the conference organizer or other agency, you would not be eligible to apply for this grant); up to $2,500 can be requested

NOTE: Applicants will be asked to indicate whether they are applying for either a publication or presentation grant in the online application

Grant Award Types and Amounts?
  • Faculty applying for Professional Exploration and Growth grants are not expected to publish or present.
  • Within 2 weeks of completing the grant-funded activity, recipients agree to complete a 60-minute interview and planning conversation with a CFE staff member about their experiences.
  • Up to $2,500 can be requested
Application Contents?

Complete the online form that asks for:

  • Contact information for the applicant and departmental administrator or grants manager
  • Whether you are applying for a publication or presentation grant
  • Title of publication or presentation
  • Proposal (12,000 characters with spaces or approximately 3 pages) to describe the project you want to publish or present as it relates to SOTL. Address the following points to organize your proposal:
    • Objective of your project: What is/are your question(s) about your teaching and/or student learning?
    • Theory and methods to guide your project: 1) What theoretical concepts or analytical framework will you use to answer your question? 2) If doing empirical work, what methods, if any, will you use. For example, for education research projects, indicate the research design, sample, data collection, and data analyses proposed.
    • Who is/are the audience(s) for your publication or presentation? Where might you publish or present?
    • Include a timeline of when deliverable (manuscript to submit for publication or presentation given) will be achieved.
  • Statement (2,000 characters with spaces or approximately ¾ page) focusing on what are your faculty development needs to support your project (e.g., survey development, learning about appropriate SOTL publication possibilities)
  • If applying for a presentation grant, email us your abstract acceptance confirmation
  • Fillable budget spreadsheet followed by a budget justification. See Budget FAQs for allowable costs.
Application Contents?

Complete the online form that asks for:

  • Contact information for the applicant and departmental administrator or grants manager
  • Whether you are applying for a publication or presentation grant
  • Title of publication or presentation
  • Proposal (12,000 characters with spaces or approximately 3 pages) to describe the project you want to publish or present as it relates to Research Communication. Address the following points to organize your proposal:
    • Objective of your project: What is the objective of your Research Communication project?
    • Theory and methods to guide your project: Describe theory, methods, or approach to conduct your project. In particular, describe the methods and processes to communicate your research to broader audiences. If you are comparing different types of research communication, indicate the research design, sample(s)/population(s), data collection, and data analyses proposed to make these comparisons.
    • Who is/are the audience(s) for your publication or presentation? Where might you publish or present?
    • Include a timeline of when deliverable (manuscript to submit for publication or presentation given) will be achieved.
  • Statement (2,000 characters with spaces or approximately ¾ page) focusing on what are your faculty development needs to support your project (e.g., learning social media strategies, learning about appropriate publication possibilities)
  • If applying for a presentation grant, email us your abstract acceptance confirmation
  • Fillable budget spreadsheet followed by a budget justification. See Budget FAQs for allowable costs.
Application Contents?

Complete the online form that asks for:

  • Contact information for the applicant and departmental administrator or grants manager
  • Indicate that you are applying for a PEG grant
  • Proposal to describe your PEG needs in either teaching, research, or leadership. Address the following points to organize your proposal:
    • What do you hope to learn through this experience? (750 characters with spaces)
    • How do you plan to put what you learn to use on campus? (750 characters with spaces)
    • How might this experience benefit you at your current stage of career? (750 characters with spaces)
  • URL for event registration or schedule webpage(s), if available, for the activity of interest
  • Fillable budget spreadsheet followed by a budget justification. See Budget FAQs for allowable costs.
Evaluation Criteria for Applications?

The number of publication or presentation grants awarded each year will be based on the quality of proposals. Applications will be reviewed by CFE staff on the following criteria:

  • Organization of the proposal using the key points mentioned in the Application Contents
  • Feasibility to complete the proposed project by the end of the grant award period (expectation that a scholarly manuscript will be submitted for publication or presentation delivered by end of grant period)
  • If conducting educational research, the use of appropriate research design and methods to carry out and complete the project in a feasible manner.
  • Your faculty development needs to carry out project or publish/present your project
  • Confirmation of attending a conference if applying for a presentation grant
  • Adherence to budgetary expectations and allowable costs as referred in the Budget FAQs.
Evaluation Criteria for Applications?

The number of publication or presentation grants awarded each year will be based on the quality of proposals. Applications will be reviewed by CFE staff on the following criteria:

  • Organization of the proposal using the key points mentioned in the Application Contents
  • Feasibility to complete the proposed project by the end of the grant award period (expectation that a scholarly manuscript will be submitted for publication or presentation delivered by end of grant period)
  • If conducting a project comparing different types of research communication, the use of appropriate research design and methods to carry out and complete the project in a feasible manner.
  • Your faculty development needs to carry out project or publish/present your project
  • Confirmation of attending a conference if applying for a presentation grant
  • Adherence to budgetary expectations and allowable costs as referred in the Budget FAQs.
Evaluation Criteria for Applications?

The number of Professional Exploration and Growth grants awarded each year will be based on the quality of proposals. Applications will be reviewed by CFE staff on the following criteria, namely:

  • Organization of the proposal using the key points mentioned in the Application Contents
  • Successful applicants for Professional and Exploration Growth grants will be able to (1) clearly articulate aspects of their practices which they would like to enhance, (2) identify a specific venue where they may develop their skills in those areas, and (3) demonstrate alignment between their individual explorations and any potential benefits to colleagues in the UNC community.
  • Adherence to budgetary expectations and allowable costs as referred in the Budget FAQs.
Checklist

Completed online form that includes

  • contact information,
  • title,
  • proposal,
  • faculty development needs statement, and
  • budget/budget justification

For presentation grants, include email indicating your conference abstract was accepted

Checklist

Completed online form that includes

  • contact information,
  • title,
  • proposal,
  • faculty development needs statement, and
  • budget/budget justification

For presentation grants, include email indicating your conference abstract was accepted

Checklist

Completed online form that includes

  • contact information,
  • proposal,
  • URL, and
  • budget/budget justification
Questions?

Please contact Molly Sutphen (msutphen@email.unc.edu) if you have any questions about SOTL grants and the application expectations and process.

Questions?

Please contact Sohini Sengupta (sengups@unc.edu) if you have any questions about Research Communication grants and the application expectations and process.

Questions?

Please contact Phil Edwards (phillip.m.edwards@unc.edu) if you have any questions about PEG grants and the application expectations and process.