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Teaching Circle Mini-Grant Awards

The purpose of the Cross-Disciplinary and Departmental Teaching Circle Mini-Grants is to support the formation and perseverance of teaching circles, leading to a clear, well-defined outcome which will enhance the teaching skills of circle members or add to the teaching circle’s knowledge of the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Outcomes could include changes in syllabi with a supporting rationale based on reading and discussion in the teaching circle, a presentation based on work done in the circle, a publication which grows out of the work of the teaching circle, or other appropriate outcomes.

The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), through the Reflective Practice (RP) Project, has encouraged and supported the organization of teaching circles for many years. However, many circles do not last for an entire academic year, and some may lose their focus, get bogged down, and become unproductive even if members are meeting. While scheduling and time constraints are major difficulties in forming and sustaining a teaching circle—and currently the CTE/RP can do little to alleviate this problem—other impediments can be addressed. For some groups, the need to have a speaker who is an expert in the field is crucial. For others, the cost of books and materials, if not prohibitive, is problematic. For other circles, the end product is what is difficult to attain: funding to travel to a conference to present the outcomes of the teaching circle or sharing findings and changes with colleagues in a formal setting, like a departmental retreat.

2013-2014 Call for Proposals - Deadline October 17, 2013

Winners of the Teaching Circle Mini-Grant Award

2012–2013 Teaching Circle Mini-Grant Award Winners
A listing of six teaching circles winning this 2012–2013 award and descriptions of their grants.
2011–2012 Teaching Circle Mini-Grant Award Winners
A listing of six teaching circles winning this 2011-2012 award and descriptions of their grants.
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