Missouri State University

Curriculum Innovation Funds

Curriculum Innovation Funds Guidelines
Spring 2012 – Fall 2012


General Purpose and Scope:

The FCTL Curriculum Innovation funds will provide funding for two areas of focus: Public Affairs Curriculum Innovation and At Large Curriculum Innovation. The aims of the Curriculum Innovation funds will be to transform an existing course or develop a new course designed to improve student learning and learning outcomes in one of the three areas listed above.  In each areas of focus, awards given will not exceed $5000 per project.  Collaborative projects between faculty members in the same department or from different departments are encouraged.  In this case, the awards given will not exceed $10,000 per project.  Awards will be for Curriculum Innovation projects conducted in the Spring 2012 or the Fall 2012.  A final written report will need to be submitted by the faculty member to the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) at the completion of the Curriculum Innovation Project.

Funding Priority:

For this current funding cycle of Curriculum Innovation Funds, priority will be given to collaborative projects focusing on the transformation of a course with multiple sections, taught by multiple instructors. 

Eligibility:

Any faculty member is eligible to apply for a Curriculum Innovation Fund.  Per course instructors and adjuncts can submit an application as long as they collaborate on the project with at least one full time faculty member.  Faculty members will not be funded for more than one project per funding cycle.  Faculty need to indicate which area of focus they are targeting in their application.  Faculty can request funds for personnel, supplies, equipment, travel, and services not available free of charge at Missouri State University.  Other expenses are also allowed as long as they are properly justified in the proposal.  Depending on the magnitude and/or scope of the project, and provided approval from the faculty’s department head, money can be allocated within the budget for faculty release time or an equivalent stipend to complete the project.

Deadlines:

Deadline for submission of applications is Monday, October 31st, 2011 at 5pm, for innovations to be implemented in the Spring 2012 or the Fall 2012.  Note that this year, only one application cycle will be honored.  Applications need to be submitted electronically to the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at the following address: fctl@missouristate.edu. PDF documents of the applications can be found at the following links: Curriculum Innovation Funds Cover page and Curriculum Innovation Funds Budget page. The cover page and the budget page must be printed, signed, and faxed or hand delivered to the FCTL at 417-836-4240.  A notification of receipt will be sent to the applicant.

Selection:

Review of applications will be conducted by a subset of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) advisory committee.  Committee membership is available on the FCTL website.  Applications will be reviewed based on quality and merit of the proposal and following the guidelines described for each of the areas of focus (see below). 

Expenditures of funds:

Funds will be transferred to the faculty’s department shortly after notification of awards has been made.  Distribution of funds will be made upon recommendation of the committee based on the needs of each project.  If a funded project does not get completed (e.g. produce a new course or a course transformation), then the funds awarded will be returned to the FCTL.

Format:

The proposals for Curriculum Innovation Funds should be between 1500 – 2000 words including references.  The cover sheet and budget page also need to be included in the proposal (consult links above), but do not count in the word limit.

 


 

Public Affairs Curriculum Innovation

The scope of the Public Affairs Curriculum Innovation is to support initiatives designed to transform existing courses or develop new courses to include a distinct public affairs component into the course curriculum.  If a new course is being developed, the applicant needs to specify where the course is in the curricular process.  The focus of the public affairs curriculum Innovation could target any one of the three element of the Public Affairs Mission at Missouri State: Cultural Competence, Community Engagement, or Ethical Leadership.

To be successful in obtaining this funding, applicants will need to clearly demonstrate the following:

1)      How the proposed curricular change will impact the design and delivery of the course in a way that supports at least one of the three elements of the Public Affairs Mission.  The applicant will need to answer the question of how the course will be different from how it was previously taught or how it will be different from other courses taught, and how it will incorporate at least one element of the public affairs.
2)      How the students will benefit from this change or addition.
3)      The learning outcomes which will be assessed and that are expected from the change in design and/or delivery or the creation of the course.
4)      How the money obtained will be used (one page budget justification).

In addition, the successful applicant will need to discuss the kinds of evidence they will provide:

1)      To assess the effectiveness of the course at increasing or impacting students’ engagement or understanding of Public Affairs, i.e., understanding of diversity and cultural competence, understanding or experience of community engagement, or understanding of ethical leadership.
2)      To assess the effectiveness of the curriculum change on student learning, learning processes, and learning outcomes.

The successful applicants will be invited to present their curricular project in different venues to a broad audience including faculty members and students.  The presentations could focus on:

1)      The process followed to re-design or create the course.
2)      The learning outcomes which were influenced.
3)      The impact on the understanding of Public Affairs.

The successful applicants will also be asked to submit a final project report upon completion of the project.  This report will be posted on the FCTL website.

Deadline for submission of applications is Monday October 31st, 2011 at 5pm, for innovations to be implemented in the Spring 2012 or the Fall 2012.  Applications need to be submitted electronically to the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at the following address: fctl@missouristate.edu. PDF documents of the applications can be found at the following links: Curriculum Innovation Funds Cover page and Curriculum Innovation Funds Budget page. The cover page and the budget page must be printed, signed, and faxed or hand delivered to the FCTL at 417-836-4240.  A notification of receipt will be sent to the applicant.


At Large Curriculum Innovation

The scope of this funding source will be to support general initiatives designed to transform existing courses or develop new courses designed to specifically improve student success, learning outcomes, learning processes, and/or student engagement.  If a new course is being developed, the applicant needs to specify where the course is in the curricular process.

To be successful in obtaining this funding, applicants will need to clearly demonstrate the following:

1)      The kind of curricular transformation which will be performed.
2)      How the proposed curricular transformation will impact the design and delivery of the course.  The applicant will need to answer the question of how the course will be different from how it was previously taught or how it will be different from other courses taught.
3)      How the students will benefit from this change.
4)      The learning outcomes expected from the change in design and/or delivery or the creation of the course.
5)      How the money obtained will be used (one page budget justification).

In addition, the successful applicant will need to discuss the kinds of evidence they will provide:

1)      To assess the effectiveness of the course at increasing or impacting students’ learning, learning processes, student engagement, student success and/or retention.

The successful applicants will be expected to present their curricular project in different venues to a broad audience including faculty members and students.  The presentations could focus on:

1)      The process followed to re-design or create the course.
2)      The learning outcomes which were influenced.
3)      The impact on learning, learning outcomes, student engagement, student success and/or retention.

The successful applicants will also be asked to submit a final project report upon completion of the project.  This report will be posted on the FCTL website.

Deadline for submission of applications is Monday October 31st, 2011 at 5pm, for innovations to be implemented in the Spring 2012 or the Fall 2012.  Applications need to be submitted electronically to the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at the following address: fctl@missouristate.edu. PDF documents of the applications can be found at the following links: Curriculum Innovation Funds Cover page and Curriculum Innovation Funds Budget page. The cover page and the budget page must be printed, signed, and faxed or hand delivered to the FCTL at 417-836-4240.  A notification of receipt will be sent to the applicant.