Undergraduate Teaching Grants (2019-20)

What are Undergraduate Teaching Grants?

The Faculty Innovation Center is pleased to offer seven undergraduate teaching grants for courses in the upcoming academic year (Fall 2019 or Spring 2020). FIC Undergraduate Teaching Grants are awards of up to $5000 that provide faculty with summer stipends or funds for personnel, equipment, or software to build courses that include undergraduate collaborative learning in the classroom modelled on best teamwork practices used in the workplace.

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:

  1. Quality of design – alignment of goals, assessments and activities.
  2. Impact on student learning – documentation of the process for team building
  3. Dissemination – Sharing lessons learned with other faculty

Who will be able to apply?

Any UT Austin instructor who is teaching an undergraduate course and is not currently receiving funds for teaching from the Provost.

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.  Please consult the evaluation rubric that will be employed by the FIC.

What is the schedule for submission?

Applications must be submitted for review by March 11th 2019. Awards will be announced in April 2019.

What ways can I give back to my UT colleagues?

After you have taught the course we would like to have a showcase for other faculty and include some of your activities, media, and reflections on our website.

If I have further questions, whom do I contact?

For further questions, contact Anne Braseby

2018 Faculty Innovation Grant Recipients (Focus: Experiential Learning)

The Faculty Innovation Center has awarded 11 grants to UT Austin faculty for promising instructional innovations focusing on experiential learning within undergraduate education. 

  • Joshua Barbour (Communication Studies) Building Experiential Learning into the Study of Organizations: Helping Students Apply Theory and Research to Assess Organizational Culture and Communication.
  • Elizabeth Catlos (Geological Science) Incorporating electron microbeam technology into geosciences undergraduate education.
  • Debadyuti Gosh (Pharmacy) First person point-of-view (POV) video-based learning of laboratory and pharmacy skills.
  • Vishy Iyer (Molecular Biosciences) Project-driven and cloud-based Bioinformatics and Computational Biology education.
  • JE Johnson (Theater & Dance) Project-based Learning Course.
  • Grace Kim (Curriculum & Instruction) Using game-based learning in curriculum design.
  • Elon Lang  (Liberal Arts Honors) Revealing Hidden Histories: Student-Curated Public-Facing Online Exhibits in UT-Austin Archives.
  • Fernanda Leite (Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering) Virtual Design and Construction: leveraging Emerging Technologies in an Architectural Engineering Project-based Learning Course.
  • Kelly McDonough (Spanish & Portuguese) Bringing Colonial Indigenous Manuscripts to Life through Archival Research, Public History, Digital Storytelling, and Community Outreach.
  • Nicola Tisato (Geoscience) Research to Assess Organizational Culture and Communication.
  • Jamyme Walenta (Geography & Environment) Moving Beyond "Good" versus "Bad" Guys: a Stakeholder Engagement Approach Toward Teaching Conservation.