Funding Amount: Up to $1,000 for individuals, more for departmental teams
Eligibility: Any faculty, staff, or graduate students with teaching and/or curricular responsibilities in lower-division courses at the university or with responsibilities for co-curricular programming.
Description: The Critical Thinking Redesign Grants (CTRs) support faculty, staff, or graduate students who wish to work on small-scale redesigns (e.g., assignments, activities, modules, etc.) with an eye toward revising these elements to enhance critical thinking. Grant recipients will attend a faculty development workshop in either January or May, depending on the grant cycle to which they apply. Recipients will also assess the effectiveness of their interventions and will report on the results.
How to Apply: Applicants for the first cycle of grants (October 11th deadline) should propose a small-scale redesign for a course or a program that will run in Spring 2020. Applicants for the second cycle of grants (March 6th deadline) and the extra cycle of grants (May 29th deadline) should propose their redesigns for a course or program that will run in Summer 2020 or Fall 2020. We welcome individual or team proposals for CTRs.
Proposals should include: 1) your name(s); 2) department or unit; 3) course or program to be redesigned; 4) the number of students who will benefit from the proposed redesign; 5) a 200-word rationale explaining the role critical thinking currently plays in your course or program and how the redesign will help you to more intentionally teach and assess critical thinking; and 6) a brief statement from your department chair or immediate supervisor confirming support for your proposal.
Preference will be given to proposals that specifically discuss the ways in which the redesign will address the QEP Student Learning Outcomes:
- Conceptualize complex issues or problems
- Gather pertinent facts or ideas to explore complex issues or problems
- Interpret data and appraise evidence
- Distinguish, compare, or contrast diverse points of view and/or alternative conclusions
- Articulate personal insights about complex issues or problems
- Communicate a reasonable and effective argument, response, or conclusion (ThinkForward QEP, pp. 28-29)
- Applications for the first cycle of CTRs are due on Friday, October 11th, via email to Josh Eyler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Applications for the second cycle of CTRs are due on Friday, March 6th, via email to Josh Eyler at email@example.com.
- Applications for the extra cycle of CTRs are due on Friday, May 29th, via email to Josh Eyler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review Process: Applications will be reviewed by a subset of the QEP Advisory Board. Decisions will be communicated to all applicants by Friday, November 1st, at 5:00 (for the first cycle), Friday, March 27th, at 5:00 (for the second cycle), and Friday, June 12th (for the extra cycle).
- January 2020 (first cycle) or May 2020 (second cycle): Grant recipients attend a one-day faculty development workshop.
- May 2020 (first cycle) or January 2021 (first and second cycles): Some recipients will be asked to present their results at future CTR professional development workshops.
- Recipients record revised outcomes, curriculum, assessment, and teaching notes throughout the process in a collaborative Teaching and Learning Guide.