New England Faculty Development Consortium

SOTL Grants

SoTL Grant Recipients Announced

The New England Faculty Development Consortium (NEFDC) is pleased to announce the recipients of our very first Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grants for two projects:

Julie M. Skogsbergh, from the University of Massachusetts for her project entitled: Community Engagement, Equity, & Leadership (CEEL) pilot program and Carrie Finestone from Middlesex Community College for her project, The Impact of Advising Future Faculty on Student Performance in Previous English Class.

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.

Call for Proposals: 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 2020-2021 Academic Year. This new 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.

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

Call for Proposals

Proposals will be accepted after January 31, 2020 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.


Please submit proposals as PDF documents to the NEFDC at The final due date is July 1, 2020. Awardees will be notified by July 15, 2020 and be funded thereafter, provided their institution has renewed their membership with NEFDC. A report on the progress of your project is due by July 1, 2021. 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.