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Teaching Grants

New Course Grants

The grant application will require the following:

  • Written indication of approval from department chair.
  • EPC approval if not a topics course
  • The semester in which the course is scheduled to be taught
  • A preliminary budget
  • This grant is for a maximum of $500 per course.
  • No more than $1000 for new course or course revision grants (combined) can be received by the same faculty member in a single year.
  • Money can be requested for materials, books, registration fees and travel expenses for seminars.
  • Capital equipment, course release and materials used in the classroom by students are NOT fundable.
  • New faculty are not eligible to receive a new course grant for courses taught in their first year.

Sample New Course proposal

  • Please submit grants on MyWitt, forms are located on the Forms tab
  • Instructions for submitting grant proposals through sharepoint.

Grant Deadlines

The FDB encourages faculty in the preparation of new courses that can be counted toward a Wittenberg degree. A new course is defined as a course that has never been taught at Wittenberg, or has not been taught for three years, and has not been taught by the applicant. Proposals may include requests of materials, books, registration fees and travel expenses for seminars, workshops, college or university courses in which the faculty member is enrolled. The Board will fund proposals for specific material and expenses to be used in independent study for new course preparation. Books, software, and similar materials are to be retained in the University if the faculty member leaves within 2 years of receiving the FDB Grant. The FDB in conjunction with department faculty member and the appropriate departmental chairperson will determine the most appropriate place to house the materials. Funds may not be used to purchase materials to be used in the classroom by students. Purchase of capital equipment will NOT be funded in total or in part. Proposals may not include replacement costs or released time. Because new faculty are assumed to bring expertise in the areas in which they were hired to teach, they are not eligible for new course grants for courses to be taught in their first year.

In the case of a new course proposal, the Board requires the following:

  • Indication of Departmental approval
  • EPC approval if not a topics course
  • The semester in which the course is scheduled to be taught
  • A preliminary budget

Maximum grant per new course is $500.00. Associate Members are eligible for the full award of New Course Grants. The funds must be spent and expense report filed with the FDB Office by the end of the first semester after the course is taught. This allows faculty to respond to course evaluations if funds remain. Final financial reporting should be completed as promptly as possible.

Course Revision Grants

The grant application will require the following:

  • Written indication of approval from department chair.
  • Significant revision should be demonstrated.
  • Preliminary itemized list of course materials to be purchased, with total greater or equal to requested amount
  • This grant is for a maximum of $200 per course.
  • No more than $1000 for new course or course revision grants (combined) can be received by the same faculty member in a single year.
  • Money can be requested for materials, books, registration fees and travel expenses for seminars.
  • Capital equipment, course release and materials used in the classroom by students are NOT fundable.
  • Faculty in their first year many not apply for course revision grants unless they are revising a course they have already taught at Wittenberg.

Sample Course Revision proposal

  • Please submit grants on MyWitt, forms are located on the Forms tab.
  • Instructions for submitting grant proposals through sharepoint.

Grant Deadlines

When a faculty member revises a Wittenberg course and money for professional materials is needed the FDB will review request for grants of funds up to $200. Associate Members are eligible for the full award of Course Revision Grants. The proposal to the Board must demonstrate that a significant revision is taking place. The deadlines for revisions are the same as those for new courses. Books, software and/or similar materials are to be retained in the University if the faculty member leaves within 2 years of receiving the FDB Grant. The Faculty Development Board in conjunction with the department faculty member and appropriate departmental chairperson will determine the most appropriate place to house the materials. Funds may not be used to purchase materials to be used in the classroom by students. Purchase of capital equipment will NOT be funded. Faculty in their first year many not apply for course revision grants unless they are revising a course they have already taught at Wittenberg. The funds must be spent and expense report filed with the FDB Office by the end of the first semester after the course is taught. This allows faculty to respond to course evaluations if funds remain. Final financial reporting should be completed as promptly as possible.

Edith B. & Frank C. Matthies Award

This grant application has no requirements. However, a strong case should be made as to how the award will "further the education of selected and worthy teachers and strengthen the faculty."

  • Only one grant is given per year.
  • $1000 is given to any proposal that demonstrates an expected improvement in teaching.
  • There are no restrictions on the type of projects that can be funded.
  • Any faculty member is eligible, except those serving on FDB.

Sample Matthies proposal.

  • Please submit grants on MyWitt, forms are located on the Forms tab
  • Instructions for submitting grant proposals through sharepoint.

Grant Deadlines

Each year the Board of the Faculty Development Board selects and submits to the President the name of the nominee for the Edith B. and Frank C. Matthies Award. The purpose of the award, according to the original bequest, is “to further the education of selected and worthy teachers and to strengthen the faculty.” The award, which was granted for the first time in 1978, carries with it a stipend of $1,000. All faculty are eligible to apply, except those persons sitting on the Faculty Development Board. There are no restrictions on the kind of proposal that may be submitted or the kinds of activities that may be included in the proposal (research, travel, attendance at seminars or other courses, training in instructional methods, etc.) As long as it is clear that the proposed activities relate to the basic purpose of the FDB, which is the improvement of teaching. The Board hopes that the absence of restrictions will set this award apart from other types of faculty grants and will stimulate creative and imaginative proposals. Describe as specifically as possible in your proposal what you intend to do. You may include a list of anticipated expenses; the award, however, is intended as a stipend or honorarium and not simply as a budget to defray expected costs. As a courtesy to applicants an explanatory letter will be sent to any faculty member whose application for a competitive grant is rejected.

Eligibility And Use Of Funds

Grants may be made only to full-time faculty members (including both faculty in a shared position) at Wittenberg University and adjunct faculty members holding rank of Adjunct Assistant Professor or above. Adjunct Faculty shall be eligible for the same level of funding as full-time faculty. Dissertation research or other research designed to meet requirements toward a degree will not be considered eligible. The Board will give special consideration to faculty who have never received a faculty research fund grant. For faculty who have previously received grants, preference will be given to those who have filed reports in a timely fashion.

Requests for grants from the Board should be made in the amount of actual expenses, taking into account additional sources of funding for which the applicant is applying. All equipment and materials of continuing value to the University that are purchased with the grant funds shall become the property of Wittenberg University.

The grant period is for twelve months, starting from the date the grant is awarded; reports are due one month after the end of the grant period. Any funds not spent by the end of the grant period revert immediately to the Board. A faculty grantee may request (in writing no later than the report deadline) a continuation of funds not expended. Requests for extension should include a report on the project thus far, the reason an extension is being requested, and a plan for the completion of the project. The Board will review the request and make its recommendation to continue or discontinue support. Only one extension will be granted.

At the termination of the grant period, the faculty member shall submit a written report to the Board, which includes a financial statement covering the funds expended and an account of the results of the research to date. Those who are delinquent in reporting will receive lesser consideration for later funding requests. At least one copy of any publication or exhibition/performance programs resulting from projects supported by these grants shall also be filed with the Board for subsequent deposit in the Library.

Examples of appropriate funding requests include equipment costs; travel for research purposes; fees for manuscript preparation; journal publication per page fees; specialized, unique or currently unavailable software (if essential to research); or exhibition, recording and performance costs.

Fund requests WILL NOT be considered for subsidizing book publication through direct payments to publisher; dissertation publication or research; attendance or presentation at professional meetings; projects that focus on teaching preparation; journal subscriptions or offprint charges; or basic computer hardware equipment, monitors, and/or printers.

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