2018 CETL’s Mini Grant Competition

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is pleased to announce the Fall 2018 CETL Mini Grant Competition, open to all faculty across all campuses. This year the grant awards will range from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $5000. If funding is available in the spring semester, a second grant cycle will be announced spring 2019.

Successful proposals will emphasize the link between innovative practice and improved teaching effectiveness and enhanced levels of student engagement and learning. Careful consideration should be given to the level of proposal funding being requested. Examples of proposals funded at the lower level might include development of new teaching materials, assessment of a new method to increase student engagement, integration of a new instructional technology, while proposals funded at the higher range are likely to be more systemic in nature, so for example, pedagogical/technological strategies to scale a teaching methodology or creation of a new course with imbedded educational technology.

Examples of innovation include but are not limited to:

  • new learner-centered pedagogical practices that promote engaged and active learning
  • novel approaches to student collaboration that take advantage of face-to-face and online delivery modalities
  • integration of new technology into course design and delivery
  • creative use of online teaching in a large class
  • integration of adaptive learning into courses
  • new methods that promote more personalized learning in large classes
  • development and utilization of authentic assessments
  • approaches using formative assessment and continuous improvement of teaching

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their (a) proposed impact on student learning, student success, or teaching effectiveness, (b) innovativeness, (c) potential for timely adoption within or across disciplines, and (d) extent to which the innovation reflects research on teaching and learning.

Award recipients will be encouraged to disseminate their findings as a poster, presentation, or publication at a regional or national conference or publication. Select awardees will also be asked share their finding with colleagues at a CETL teaching workshop designed to provide an opportunity for other faculty to learn about pedagogical innovations.

All award winners will be invited to the University of Connecticut Annual Teaching Awards Celebration April 3, 2019.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Lauren Schlesselman at lauren.schlesselman@uconn.edu.


Eligibility: All faculty, all ranks, all campuses.
Proposals Due: November 9th
Awards Announced: December 13th


Proposal Template

Proposal Submission Form. 2018 Proposal Submission form, please complete the proposal submission form which includes: Name(s) of the applicant, faculty title/rank, academic department, proposal title, course name and number, class size/annual enrollment, course type (e.g. required of majors, elective, general education), budget, and KFS account.

Nature of Innovation. Briefly describe the nature of the teaching innovation for which you are applying for funding (not to exceed 2 pages, double spaced, 12-pt. font). Provide a clear description of how the innovation being proposed is aligned with your course, the learning objectives, and how it will improve student learning. Describe how improvement in student outcomes will be measured to determine the success of proposed project.

Dissemination plan. Briefly describe your plan for presenting or publishing the results, such as specific regional or national conference or publication.

Funding Level Requested. Identify the level of funding being requested, $500 (minimum) to $5,000 (maximum). Indicate why the level of funding requested is appropriate and provide a brief line item budget illustrating how the funds would be used. Grants may be used for faculty summer salary, for development of external funding proposals, establishing and sustaining communities of practice, and other appropriate uses. Funding may not be used for travel funds.

Supporting Materials. Attach a copy of your current course syllabus, a brief (no more than one page) teaching philosophy statement, and a letter of support from your department head.

Application Submission: Please submit all of your materials, with “CETL’s Mini Grant” in the subject line, as one pdf attachment to cetl@uconn.edu. Applications must be submitted no later than close of business on November 9th. You will be notified when your application is received. All award winners will be informed of their success by close of business on December 13th.


Past Award Winners

Name(s) Title Department
Christopher Heinen
Barbara Kream
Tom Deans
Ellen Litman
UConn Health Writing Program for Biomedical Science Trainees Medicine-UConn Health and English Department
Bryan Weber Integration of Software-Based Problem Solving in Thermodynamics Instruction Mechanical Engineering
Jennifer Pascal Using Student-Developed Comics to Enhance Learning of Fluid Mechanics

Chemical & Biomolecular Engr.

Xian Wu
Diego Valente
On-line Learning Suite Modules for Mediating Mathematical Skill with Physics Physics
Devin Kearns
Marney Pollack
Using Live, "Bug-In-Ear" Coaching to Provide Immediate Feedback to In-Service Teachers Educational Psychology
Rachael Gabriel
Hannah Dostal
Evidence-based Understandings & Practical Knowledge of Literacy Instruction Department of Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI)
Gary Robbins
Mobile Applications for Teaching Water Resources Concepts and Measurements Natural Resources and the Environment
Anthony Rizzie A Hands-On Approach to Multivariable Calculus Mathematics
Diego Valente Bridging the Gap Between Math and Physics Physics
Greg Kivenzor Use of Gamification to Enahnce the Teaching and Learning Process of Adult Learners Marketing
Mark Overmeyer-Velasquez Transnational Ethnic Studies in Action: Course Expansion with a Focus on New Teaching Technologies and Student-Centered and Collaborative Pedagogy History/El Instituto
Shinae Jang Online Active Learning Module for Engineering Research Methods Civil and Environmental Engineering
Lindsay Cummings History of Drama: Course Enhancements for Visual and Spatial Learners Dramatic Arts