Announcement September 1, 2016:

The award is currently on hold while the Council on Teaching considers alternative criteria or a new award to replace it. Please consider applying to the Innovations in Teaching with Technology awards through Information Technology Service . The deadline is October 17, 2016. For more information, please go to

Application Instructions

Deadline: Proposals must be submitted by Friday, September 25, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. (please note the earlier deadline this year).

Proposal Materials: All application materials must be saved in .pdf format and files submitted via email to, Office of the Provost.

  1. To submit a proposal for this award, please fill out the online application form PDF icon2015 IIA Cover Sheet-form.pdf. Include the following supporting materials:
  2. Provide an abstract of the project in no more than 200 words, clearly stating the project objective. The proposal should articulate the reasons for the particular approach to instruction and justify the approach in comparison with others.
  3. A five-page narrative should be attached which addresses the factors considered in the review. Failure to address a component may cause a loss of points in the review.
  • Clarity of project objective
  • Evidence of innovation/improvement
  • Instructional rationale and/or need
  • Direct instructional benefits to students, value to department educational mission, size of audience and potential impact
  • A well-justified, detailed approach to obtaining your objectives which must include a table indicating major activities and timeline for completion of each activity.
  • Detailed plan for evaluating the outcomes of your project
  • Budget detail with justification
  • Probability of project completion
  • Likelihood of sustainability and enduring impact of project past funding.
  1. A letter of endorsement from your DEO must indicate departmental support of the request, the inability of the department to fund the project from its own resources, and the importance of the project to the department's instructional mission.

Other Considerations:

Please consider developing your proposals this summer and getting feedback on your ideas from colleagues. As you work on your proposals, the Center for Teaching would be happy to talk about what constitutes best practices in teaching and high-impact learning.

It should be stressed that normal course revision efforts do not fall within the scope of this program.  Except for very rare cases awards will not be made to continue projects begun with funding from a previous Instructional Improvement Award.  The Council will not fund a proposal whose author received an award in the previous year.

These awards cannot exceed a funding level of $5,000.  Depending on available funds and the proposal pool, some proposals may receive partial funding; therefore, applicants must clearly prioritize the most essential budgetary elements of the proposal.  Faculty salaries will not be supported from this source; it is the responsibility of the applicant to make clear how the funds will be used beyond salary.  Wages for graduate students may be requested, but the project must be sustainable without this funding after the period of the award.

If selected for an Instructional Improvement Award, recipients should remain faithful to the purpose and budget described in the proposal. Any change in the original purpose, timeline, and/or budget requires prior approval by the Council on Teaching.


Proposals due: Friday, September 25, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.
Winner announced in October 2015