Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (C-TEL)

Grants and Awards

Teaching/Learning Grants

Washburn University offers faculty and staff support in their teaching efforts through a suite of Teaching/Learning Grants including:  C-TEL Small Grants, Curriculum Development Grants, and Assessment Grants.  Each type of grant is intended to encourage a specific type of pedagogical activity.  C-TEL Grants focus on promoting active learning and learner centered pedagogies Curriculum Development Grants focus on the development of high quality course and curriculum content, while Assessment Grants provide faculty with resources to facilitate their assessment practices.

C-TEL Small Grants

C-TEL Grants seek to promote the development of learning-centered teaching practices that emphasize active and collaborative learning.  Grants focus on how teaching is done and support:

  1. Attending conferences, workshops, or on-line training that focus on pedagogy in higher education.
  2. Purchase of technologies (software, accessories) directly related to pedagogical practice and the delivery of instruction.
  3. Scholarly activity focused on teaching and learning (SoTL)
  4. Stipends to stimulate the innovative development of courses or curricula that: (a) seek to develop digital pedagogies; or (b) promote diversity and inclusive practices; or (c) enhance the use of high impact practices; or (d) active learning

In keeping with the mission of the University and the inception of Vision 2022, C-TEL encourages and prioritizes proposals whose goal is to explore learning-centered teaching practices that emphasize active learning and/or increase student engagement.  Priority is given to projects that seek to employ new technologies, diversity, inclusive practices, or high impact practices in teaching and learning.  All projects must include a specific plan for systematic assessment of the impact of proposed activities on student learning.

Full-time and part-time faculty and full-time staff members are eligible to apply for funding of up to $2000 once each year (July 1 - June 30). 

Curriculum Development Grant

The Curriculum Development Grant is designed to support the development and enhancement of teaching modules, courses, and curriculum that undertake innovations in discipline-based curricula and general education curricula. Proposals for the development of new teaching modules, courses, and curricula or the enhancement of existing modules, courses or curricula are welcome. Curriculum Development Grants focus on the delivery of high quality course content and support:

  1. Purchase of tools, equipment, software, learning aids, materials, and supplies that directly support student learning. (all resources purchased with grant funds remain the property of Washburn University)
  2. Enhancement of library resources directly related to course development.
  3. Stipends to stimulate the development of significant innovations or enhancement of courses or curricula.
  4. Travel (except for meals and entertainment) directly related to the creation of a new course.

Assessment Grant

The purpose of the Assessment Grant is to provide faculty with resources to facilitate their assessment practices in the courses, programs, and general education offerings. Assessment Grants fund:

  1. Stipends for the development of new and innovative course-based, program level, or University Student Learning Outcome assessment;
  2. Stipends for the development of processes and activities that facilitate the use of assessment data as a guide for program improvement;
  3. Stipends for the development of processes and activities that enhance the sharing of assessment results;
  4. Attending conferences (except for meals and entertainment) or on-line training directly related to learning assessment;
  5. Purchase of instruments, equipment, materials or supplies related to assessment of student learning. (all resources purchased with grant funds remain the property of Washburn University).

2014-2015 Grant Recipients

Marin Abell, Catron Visiting Artist/Professor of Art
Integrating Teaching Methods Used in Art into STEM and Other Fields

Kelly Erby, Assistant Professor History
Redesigning U.S. History to Include Diverse Perspectives and Emphasize Critical Thinking

Zach Frank, Director Physical Therapy Assistant/Assistant Professor
"Flipping" AL 171 Musculoskeletal Assessment in Physical Therapy

Linzi Gibson, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Attended Institute on Teaching Psychology Conference Resulting in Project: Using Expressive Writing to Reduce Test Anxiety and Increase Student Success in PY100

Jericho Hockett, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Attended Institute on Teaching Psychology Conference Resulting in Project: Undergraduate Learning Assistants to Improve Student Success in Psychology

Karen Kapusta-Pofahl, Lecturer, Sociology & Anthropology
Attended Global Service Learning Conference Resulting in Project: Fair Trade Learning: Developing International HICEPs

Vickie Kelly, Associate Professor
Advanced Online Educator Certification

Hillary Lolley, Radiographer Clinic Education Coordinator/Lecturer, Allied Health
Flipping AL 121 Procedures II and Development of Online Lab Simulations

Lori McMillan, Professor, School of Law
Flipping Classes in the Law School: Embedding Popplet Concept Mapping

Kathy Menzie, Interim Chair/Communication Studies & Chair Associate Professor Mass Media
Flipping Out! Learning How to Flip and Assess a Class by Attending a Workshop

Louella Moore, Professor of Accounting, School of Business
Ethical Lens Inventory

Marguerite Perret, Associate Professor, Art
Promoting Community Engagement through Art Activism

Shaun Schmidt, Professor, Chemistry
Using a Lightscribe Pen to Break Down the Barrier between Student and Teacher in Chemistry

Barbara W. Scofield, PhD., CPA, Professor of Accounting
Creating Videos Using Camtasia to Reinforce Learning in Accounting

Lisa Sharpe Elles, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
Biochemical Models: Deeper Learning by Thinking Bigger and Smaller at the Same Time

Courtney Sullivan, Professor, Modern Languages
Georgina Tenny, Lecturer, Modern Languages
Clicking Our Way to Success: Using Clickers for Formative Assessment & Student Engagement

Sharon Sullivan, Associate Professor, Theatre
Attended AAC & U Diversity Conference Resulting in Project: Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices

Clayton Tatro, Associate Dean for Instruction, Washburn Tech
Washburn Tech Construction Division Curriculum Redesign

Kerry Wynn, Associate Professor, History
Redesigning U.S. History to Include Diverse Perspectives and Emphasize Critical Thinking