Announcements

Teaching Innovation Grants

The Office of Teaching and Learning announces the creation of a new faculty development opportunity. Full-time, tenure-line faculty members are invited to apply for a Teaching Innovation Grant for Summer 2019, which carries a $1,200 award to support the development of new and innovative pedagogy at St. Joseph’s University.

The opportunity is available to faculty members who expect to teach a new or newly revised course using student-centered and innovative pedagogy during the 2019-20 academic year. Applicants should submit a resume, a 2-3 page proposal describing the project and projected expenses, a sample syllabi, a letter of support from the applicant’s Department Chair. Proposals must be submitted electronically to urao@sju.edu by Monday, April 29, 2019.

Faculty who have been awarded a Summer Research Grant or a grant to participate in the Decolonizing the Curriculum Seminar in 2019 are not eligible for a Teaching Innovation Grant in 2019. Faculty who received a Sabbatical for AY 2018-19 or 2019-20 are also ineligible. Faculty who receive a Teaching Innovation Grant for 2019 may teach in one but not both summer school sessions.

Selection of candidates for a total of two awards will be made by the Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning in consultation with a sub-committee of the members of the Office of Teaching and Learning Advisory Board, and the Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Academic Affairs. Grant money will be awarded by the start of Summer Session-I. It is expected that the outcomes from the Teaching Innovation Grant will be shared through an Office of Teaching and Learning-sponsored workshop during the 2019-20 academic year. Priority will be given to projects that have the greatest potential to improve the learning experience for a large number of students, make a strategic difference to pedagogy at the University, and make effective use of research-supported teaching methods.

Best Teachers Institute Faculty Workshop

The 20th Annual Faculty Teaching Institute, based on Ken Bain’s What the Best College Teachers Do (Harvard University Press, 2004), and What the Best College Students Do (Harvard University Press, 2012), and James Lang’s Small Teaching (Jossey-Bass, 2016), will be offered from June 20-22, 2017 in West Orange, NJ.

Registration is available at http://www.bestteachersinstitute.org/summer-institute/

Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching

Please consider nominating colleagues for the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching.

THE ROBERT FOSTER CHERRY AWARD for Great Teaching was created by Robert Foster Cherry, who earned his A.B. from Baylor University in 1929. He enrolled in the Baylor Law School in 1932 and passed the Texas State Bar Examination the following year. With a deep appreciation for how his life had been changed by significant teachers, he made an exceptional estate bequest to establish the Cherry Award program to recognize excellent teachers and bring them in contact with Baylor University students. The first Robert Foster Cherry Award was made in 1991 and has since been awarded biennially.

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