What They Are

Through Faculty Grants for Innovative Teaching, faculty can connect with the Center for Teaching and Learning and with each other.  The CTL seeks proposals designed to creatively transform classroom or laboratory practice and expand opportunities for rigorous engagement with course content.  Projects may include experiential learning, oral communications, collaborative learning, technology, cross-cultural or multicultural methodology, community based learning, curriculum development, critical thinking skills, or disciplinary writing. This is by no means an exhaustive list; any imaginative proposals aimed toward improving teaching and learning at HWS are welcome.

How to Apply

The CTL will send out calls for proposals that will include the specifics of how many recipients we are looking for and specific details about funding.  In general, the CTL asks for a two-page description of the project including project goals, participants, assessment methods, budget, timeline, and any other relevant information. The proposal should include an abstract describing the project for use in communication materials. Proposals should address the following questions:

  • What are the goals and objectives for this project?
  • What is the intellectual merit of this project?
  • How many faculty, staff, and students will the project involve and ultimately affect?
  • How will you assess the impact on your teaching and/or student learning?
  • What are the broader impacts of this project?

Proposal Selection

Proposals will be reviewed and selected by members of the CTL Advisory Committee and/or previous grant recipients.


While the specifics of funding will be detailed in the call for each grant proposals, in general funds can be used for travel, consultants, materials, or other costs.

CTL Expectations

Selected grantees will be expected to meet with other grantees at the CTL monthly throughout the semester to discuss their work and once prior to the start of the semester. In addition, the CTL will have a forum for presenting work to the HWS community.

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Contact Us

Questions or suggestions:
Contact Susan Pliner at pliner@hws.edu or (315) 781-3354, or Susan Hess at shess@hws.edu or (315) 781-3787


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