The Teaching in the Professions (TIP) Grants Program provides a stipend of up to $6,000 for faculty in the professional schools to (1) make significant changes to an existing “large” course (or develop a new “large” course) centered around active learning methods designed to enhance student engagement and learning outcomes; (2) conduct assessments on the effects of their changes/approaches; and (3) participate in a year-long Faculty Learning Community with the cohort of Teaching in the Professions Grant recipients.

We invite you to learn more about the application process (2016-2017) and to review the projects developed by current and past recipients. For recipients of TIP Grants, we also maintain our schedule for the year and a list of additional resources which may be useful for carrying out your (re)design efforts.


The TIP Grants Program will enrich and complement professional development opportunities available to UNC faculty members who teach in professional schools through:

  • sustained consultative relationships with CFE staff;
  • design and support of teaching/learning projects; and
  • reflexive contributions to the broader campus community around teaching practices and student learning

The grants will also help support the CFE mission through:

  • establishing faculty champions of CFE services deployed within professional schools;
  • developing faculty who increase their use of evidence-based active learning techniques within professional school courses and curricula;
  • building stronger relationships among CFE staff and professional school faculty; and
  • expanding opportunities to connect faculty with research, leadership, and mentoring services


The TIP Grants Program is a competitive program that attracts motivated tenured, tenure-track, and fixed-term faculty in the professional schools. Grantees are enthusiastic about working on their projects, evaluating their efforts, and sharing their results with peers. Faculty consider the CFE as a source of valued and sought-after people, programs, and resources and invite members of the CFE to participate in teaching and learning discussions with their colleagues. Grantees negotiate and nurture multiple relationships that they conclude are most helpful for their individual and collective work: relationships within their School/Division/Department, with partners at the CFE, and across other support units on campus. As a result of supporting the Program, the CFE increases actual and perceived expertise on campus surrounding discipline-based teaching and learning and has a cadre of champions within the schools.

TIP Grants Program Goals

Goal 1: Design, Development, & Evaluation

Grantees will employ evidence-based active learning and pedagogies in a course or curriculum with the demonstrated result being among the following (non-exhaustive) options:

  • increased number, intensity, or duration of substantive student interactions;
  • improved student mastery of concepts as demonstrated in summative assessments;
  • enhanced ability of faculty to articulate principles behind their instructional choices;
  • increased comfort and facility in identifying opportunities for further student engagement and learning; and/or
  • improved course evaluation scores

as compared to pre-grant metrics. (See CFE strategic goals 1a, 1c, 1d)

Goal 2: Community & Connectedness

Grantees will have opportunities to exchange ideas and resources with a community of practitioners at UNC and a wider audience, with the result of grantees demonstrating some (or more) of the following:

  • Participating in one or more events (e.g., luncheons, workshops) in which they interact with other grantees about teaching and learning
  • Self-reporting knowledge of colleagues’ experience with implementing evidence-based teaching and learning techniques in courses or curricula in a survey or exit interview
  • Participating in the CFE peer visits program and/or visiting another peer’s class
  • Presenting grant work at the CFE Faculty Showcase, School/Division/Department meeting, or a conference
  • Participating in either a CFE- or self-facilitated Learning Community

(See CFE strategic goals 3a, 3c, 3d)

Goal 3: Awareness & Action

Grantees will receive information and have experiences through the TIP Grant Program that prepare them to be local champions related to leadership around teaching and learning, as evidenced by:

  • Increased exposure to CFE staff and other faculty development support units
  • Articulation of constraints and opportunities for curricular change within their units
  • Performing service, such as:
    • Assuming positions of added responsibility (e.g., curriculum committee chair, program committee chair, etc.) within their unit
    • Assuming positions of added responsibility around teaching and learning in their disciplinary community (e.g. leading a special interest group at a conference, organizing a symposium, conference session or faculty learning community, organizing grand rounds on teaching and learning, etc.)

(See CFE strategic goals 1c, 2b, 3a, 3d)

Goal 4: Self-Efficacy

Grantees will adopt strategies and habits of mind that enable them to be more effective in applying teaching and learning strategies for supporting student learning, as evidenced by:

  • increased exposure to SoTL literature (e.g., identifying relevant (inter)disciplinary SoTL journals, identifying sources of evidence selected for SoTL projects), preparing a proposal for a CFE publication/presentation grant)
  • Increased knowledge, confidence, and experience with describing, developing, and deploying, and assessing active learning principles and techniques

With the result of grantees pursuing some (or all of the following)

  • Producing SoTL research
  • Continuing to develop content after the grant period
  • Coaching and/or mentoring other faculty
  • Participating in a local, national, or international teaching and learning community (e.g. a professional association, research group, etc.)

(See CFE strategic goals 1a, 1c, 1d, 3c, 3d)