Curriculum Innovation Awards

2018-2019 Curriculum Innovation Awards
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High-Impact Learning and Diversity and Multicultural Practices in the Classroom

The FCTL Advisory Council is soliciting proposals for the creation or improvement of student learning experiences at Missouri State University. Two-proposal types will be considered:

I. Creating high-impact practices that enhance student learning

II. Diversity and multicultural practices in teaching and learning

MSU’s 2016-2021 Long-Range Plan outlines high-impact learning and diversity and multicultural practices as important goals for the university. In addition, the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) has identified both of these practices as enrichment experiences that are shown to benefit student learning.

The 2018-2019 Curriculum Innovation Awards will provide faculty members with funding of up to $4,000. Budgets smaller than the $4,000 award limit are encouraged. Proposals should involve the improvement and development of the following:

  • First-Year Experiences
  • Common Intellectual/Common Reader Experiences
  • Learning Communities
  • Writing-Intensive Courses
  • Collaborative Assignments and Projects
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Diversity/Global Learning
  • Service Learning/Community-Based Learning
  • Internships
  • Public Affair Capstone/General Education Public Affair Courses

For more information about high-impact practices, go to AAC&U’s High-Impact Practices website or contact


Any faculty member is eligible to apply. Faculty may apply individually or as a team of faculty. Per course instructors and adjuncts can submit a proposal as long as they collaborate with at least one full-time faculty member. Faculty members will not be funded for more than one project per funding cycle.

Application Process and Deadlines:

Proposals should include:

  1. Summary with research question or goal statement (whichever is most appropriate for your proposal.
  2. Learning outcomes and a description of the practices or methodologies you will be utilizing.
  3. Narrative of course deliverables or what will be produced through this funding. Proposals must describe how high-impact practices or diversity will be implemented into your teaching.
  4. Assessment plan describing how student learning from these activities will be assessed or how the proposed project will be evaluated.
  5. An itemized budget summary of projected expenses. Budgets smaller than the $4,000 award limit are encouraged. Applicants are encouraged to utilize departmental resources as feasible; submitting for items critical to the success of the project.
  6. Preference will be given to projects that plan to disseminate the results of the project through publication or presentation at a conference, but this is not a requirement for funding.

Sharing Results and Final Reports

Successful recipients are also expected to share the results of their project:

  • Meet with FCTL representative to a provide progress during the spring semester and begin the planning of their poster session.
  • Provide an interactive poster session presented at the Showcase on Teaching and Learning held August 15, 2018.
  • Submit a final report with evidence of findings and lessons learned by October 31, 2018.

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Application Review Process and Evaluation Criteria:

Proposals will be reviewed by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Council. Award recipients will be notified by November 17th.

The attached Evaluation Rubric details the criteria that will be used to award Curriculum Innovation.

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