New England Faculty Development Consortium

SOTL Grants

SoTL Grant Recipients Announced

The New England Faculty Development Consortium (NEFDC) is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award recipients:

Susan Fichera, Nursing Professor, Northern Essex Community College
The Benefit of Teaching Pediatric Growth & Development Principles through the Creative, Hybrid use of Concept Maps and Mind Maps

Shari Gray, Regis College
The Role of Independent Study using Animal Model Research in Preparing Undergraduates in Biology

Bonnie Pepper, Albertus Magnus College
The Campus Community Garden: A pedagogical Tool for Teaching and Learning

Kathrina Prelack, Simmons University
Improving Cultural Awareness and Competency in Diebetic Students Caring for Aging Patients and Individuals with Different Abilities through Stimulation

Forrest Bowlick, University of Massachusetts
Introducing Geographic Information Science to Digital Natives

The SoTL awards are designed to reward high quality projects that will add positively to the teaching and learning literature and provide further empirically derived guidance to faculty who wish to engage in high levels of pedagogical excellence.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grants

The New England Faculty Development Consortium (NEFDC) will be awarding up to 5 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) grants for the 2021-2022 Academic Year. Now in its third year, this program extends our commitment to supporting excellence in teaching and learning in New England colleges and universities. The goal of the grants is to help support faculty in the investigation of issues that would improve teaching and student engagement, and to disseminate that information to the larger community. Each award comes with a maximum stipend of up $2,000 for use in the following ways: wages for research assistance, consulting or data-analysis fees, research equipment, supplies, or travel for conducting research.

Applicants must be affiliated with a member institution of the New England Faculty Development Consortium. Evaluation criteria include the viability of the study, its methodological soundness and connection to the literature, the plan for disseminating findings, and the potential impact of the study on the field.

** Ineligible expenses: We cannot pay overhead, indirect costs, or facilities and administrative costs.

Call for proposals will open on January 15th through March 15th, 2021. Recipients will be notified by May 1, 2021.

Call for Proposals

Proposals will be accepted beginning in January 15th through March 15th, 2021 and should include the following information:

Name, professional title, and member institution of applicant

A 500-word narrative on the proposed project including

  1. Title of study
  2. Summary of study
  3. Identification of problem or issue to be studied
  4. Research methodology
  5. Dissemination strategies
  6. Contribution to the field of SoTL, and
  7. A minimum of 3 sources to demonstrate a grounding in the SoTL literature (not included in narrative)

Evaluation criteria include the viability of the study, its methodological soundness and connection to the literature, the plan for disseminating findings, and the potential impact of the study on the field.

We encourage NEFDC grant recipients to submit proposals that highlight their work for review for publication in the NEFDC Exchange and/or presentation at one of our two yearly conferences.

Recipients will be notified by May 1, 2021.