Summer Teaching Development Grants

Application process for this fiscal year (2017) is closed.

In support of excellence in education at Kent State University, the University Teaching Council (UTC) calls for proposals to the Summer Teaching Development Grant (STDG) program. This program is intended to enhance student learning by engaging faculty to significantly improve teaching methods, develop curricula, or create innovative course materials. The UTC seeks innovative proposals that address the university, college or departmental missions, including, but not limited to, proposals that address the LERs/Kent Core, distance learning, interdisciplinary courses, and experiential learning. Proposals must align with the mission of the University Teaching Council. Preference will be given to projects that provide the greatest learning benefits to students.

Faculty may submit for Summer Teaching Development Grants in two amounts: $4,500 for a five-week period, and $9,000 for a ten-week period. In addition, collaborative proposals may split a $9,000 award.  Only one proposal per applicant.

All STDG projects must begin during Summer I.

The grants are intended to fund the total cost of the proposed project. In cases of exceptional expense, the University Teaching Council may consider additional funds under the Teaching Conference or the Teaching Development Grants.

General Criteria

Advancing Teaching Excellence…The project needs to exceed normal course preparation, and it should either improve current pedagogical practices or introduce new pedagogical methods or materials that will significantly improve teaching and enhance student learning beyond a single course or single faculty member.

Applicability to Kent State University…Projects need to relate to teaching within the university, college or departmental missions. Preference will be given to proposals that provide the greatest benefit, directly or indirectly, to students at Kent State University.

Eligibility All full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members at any of the eight Kent State University campuses are eligible for a Summer Teaching Development Grant (full-time NTT faculty are eligible for professional development funding through the NTT Professional Development Excellence Pool found on the Faculty Affairs website Applicants working on collaborative projects must indicate whether they are splitting one award or requesting full awards for each collaborator, depending on the scope of the project. Last year's recipients of a Summer Teaching Development Grant are not eligible to apply for a grant this year. Only one proposal per applicant.

Expectations of Grant Recipients

Finalists are required to submit a Final Grant Summary Report in the second week of January of the following year. The report will include:

  • An executive summary that carefully outlines the overall work and findings of the project.
  • The specific activities that were completed during the grant period.
  • The measured or anticipated impact of the project in terms of student learning at Kent State.
  • The public/peer review of the project findings. If this is not completed by the due date, a specific plan (i.e. relevant venues such as journals and/or conferences) for the public/peer review should be included in the report.
  • The proposed goals that were met during the grant period.
  • The proposed goals that were not met during the grant period along with a detailed plan for accomplishing these goals.


Only information requested in the form is allowed; no addenda or supporting material accepted.

Description: Provide a general description of your project. 

Goals: Clearly state the goals of your project and define the audience to whom the project is addressed. Explain in detail how the project will enhance teaching excellence and demonstrate student learning. 

Impact: Explain who will be affected by the project and in what way. Describe its scope in terms of, for example, the number of students and/ or units affected (program, department/school, college, campus). 

Project Activities and Timeline: Provide a step-by-step plan for completing your project, including a timeline for the 5-week or 10-week grant period that must begin during Summer I. 

Communication Plan: Discuss ways you will communicate the results of your projects to others in the University and to professional colleagues. Will publishable results be derived from this project? Will presentations at professional meetings result? Recipients of this award are expected to present their findings at the annual UTC conference in the fall. 

Evaluation Plan: How will you evaluate the success of your project? Discuss specific plans and procedures for assessing the success of your project. Please bear in mind that this is over and above regular semester class evaluations. 

Professional Background: Provide a description of your background and how it specifically relates to the goals of this project. Do not include your vita. 

If additional equipment or funds are necessary to complete this project, explain how you propose to obtain them? If you anticipate such additional funding needs, you may submit a Teaching Conference Grant request of a Teaching Development Grant request, in addition to this proposal. Any additional materials or funds required should be explained as thoroughly as possibly in the proposal.

Sample Proposal 1  |   Sample Proposal 2  |   Sample Proposal 3

Sample Proposal 4  |   Sample Proposal 5  |   Sample Proposal 6  |   Sample Proposal 7

Due date for the 2017 STDG: February 26, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST

(Proposals will be reviewed after the due date specified above)

Finalists must submit a final grant report by midnight on January 16th of the following year.