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Instructor Learning Community Grants (2020-21)

Discussion at ITL Symposium

Congratulations Grantees!


Luis Avilés & Jermani Ojeda

Department: Spanish & Portuguese

Owning the Classroom: Student's advocacy in the language learning process through the production of digital storytelling


Mirza Lugo-Neris & Liberty Hamilton

Department: Communication Sciences & Disorders

Enhancing Cultural Inclusivity in Teaching in CSD


Erin Reilly

Department:  Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations

XR Learning Community


Gautami Shah, Darsana Manayathu Sasi, & Ahmed Shamim

Department: Asian Studies

Inclusive Pedagogy in Less Commonly Taught Language Classrooms


Sarah Sloan & Starla Simmons

Department: Steve Hicks School of Social Work

Inclusion and Equity Learning Community in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work




The Inclusive Teaching and Learning Instructor Learning Community Grant, open to all instructors (graduate student instructors, lecturers, tenure-track, clinical, tenured), is designed to build instructor capacity for supporting an inclusive campus climate through their teaching in classrooms, clinics, studios, or labs. Funds of up to $2,500 will be awarded for projects that assemble small groups of instructors to discuss and learn together about inclusive teaching and learning practices. Funds can support activities scheduled any time during the summer or fall semester 2020.

Learning communities will gather a minimum of three times. FIC will also interview each member of the learning communities after the FLC has ended to collect key insights, resources, and best practices from the groups in order to inform instructor development efforts around inclusive teaching moving forward.

How do I apply? What is required for the application?

You can apply through our webform. To help you get ready, here is the information we are requesting. Applications should address all five of the following areas:

1. Description of group

  • Who is in your group?  Do they come from the same department, or is a multi-disciplinary community? What brings this group together (common social identities, teaching positions, or interests?
  • How will members be recruited and motivated to participate?
  • How often will you meet?

2. Community Plan
What is your plan for gatherings/members’ participation? (For example, case study discussion and strategizing, syllabus exchange, classroom observations and feedback, discussion of readings about inclusive teaching, etc.)

3. Budget 
How do you intend to spend the grant funds?  (For example, stipends for members of guest speakers, book purchases, tickets/transportation money for an experience that would inform instructor conversations about inclusive teaching, etc.)

4. Outcomes and impacts
What do you want to achieve with this project (For example, increase understanding of best practices, raise campus awareness about student concerns/challenges around inclusive teaching, create resources or curriculum revision plans for UT instructors, etc.)

5. Dissemination plans
What will the community produce that you can share beyond members’ insights? (For example, a workshop modeling and providing practice opportunities for inclusive teaching, a blog post or (set of) Quick FIC video(s) for the FIC website, an article or conference presentation, reporting out at department faculty meetings, etc.)

Who will be able to apply?

Any UT Austin instructor (graduate student instructors, lecturers, tenure-track, clinical, tenured) may apply.

How will the proposals be evaluated?

This is an open call where submissions will be evaluated by a team consisting of FIC staff and faculty. Funds will be awarded to proposals that most clearly demonstrate:

1.    Clear focus on campus climate and inclusive teaching
2.    Substantive rationale for how the proposed activities will support inclusive teaching
3.    Likelihood of success in recruiting and retaining participants
4.    Potential for impact on campus beyond the group’s participants
5.    Clear connection between the budget and the proposed project

Please view and download this rubric for submissions.

What is the schedule for submission?

Applications must be submitted for review by April 19. Awards will be announced on April 29.

What ways can I give back to my UT colleagues?

At the conclusion of this year’s grants, FIC will hold an informal showcase to celebrate the work done across the grant categories, discuss outcomes, and reflect on the learning community experience.

Financial Stipulations 

Funds will be transferred to grantees’ departments. Funding requests should be consistent with relevant departmental, college, or University policy, Regents’ rules, and Texas state law. Budgets for salaries should build in fringe benefits, which varies by department. Applicants should work with their department’s financial administrator to develop an accurate estimate. Awards are subject to a 5% administrative fee.

If I have further questions, whom do I contact?

Contact Us if you have any questions