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Small Grants Program


The Center for Teaching Excellence annually requests proposals from the faculty for small grants to support projects that enhance teaching and learning. The purpose of this Small Grants Program is to provide faculty members with resources to advance their development as teachers and scholars in the VCU community. Especially encouraged are proposals that demonstrate how the funding will be used to support or grow a larger project that will have a direct impact on advancing VCU’s Strategic Plan: Quest for Distinction. Specifically, applicants are encouraged to explore how their projects will make meaningful contributions in any of the following areas:  

  • Theme 1.B: providing students a quality education through rigorous and innovative academic programs that support and prepare students for civic engagement and careers in a 21st century global environment.
  • Theme 1.C: engage students, the alumni of tomorrow, in high impact academic and extra-curricular experiences that expand learning, promote civil discourse, and engage students in self-reflection and creative expression.
  • Theme 4.A: expand community engaged scholarship and service learning.

Submission deadline: October 28, 2013 -11:59pm

The grant cycle each year is as follows:

  • September/October: Call for proposals released
  • November: Proposals are reviewed
  • December: Award letters are distributed. Award contracts are signed.
  • December/January: Grant funds are distributed for funded proposals
  • Spring or Summer: Projects are implemented and assessed
  • September: Final reports are due

Grant Application for 2013-2014 Academic Year

2012-2013 Grant Recipients and Their Projects

Each year, the CTE receives proposal submissions for innovative teaching- and learning-focused projects from VCU faculty and staff as part of the CTE Small Grants Program. For the 2012-2013 award cycle, a review committee of VCU faculty members from across campus recommended that six of the 33 submitted proposals should receive funding:

  • Medicinal Botany: Examining the role of plants in healthcare practices from diverse cultures by Jaclyn K. Vick, Department of Biology;
  • Enhancing student learning in INTL 101 by Faedah Totah, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Policy;
  • Engaging expert teachers with prospective teachers to promote adaptive expertise by Angela Wetzel (with Evelyn Reed-Victor and LaRon Scott), Department of Foundations of Education;
  • Use of recorded clinic visits to improve preceptor assessment of student-patient encounters by Dave Dixon (with Evan Sisson), Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science;
  • A cross-context analysis of compassionate, justice-oriented teacher education practice by Hilary Hughes (with Hilary Conklin, DePaul University), Department of Teaching and Learning; and
  • Digital ethnic literary history at VCU: The Classroom Archive Project (CAP) by Cristina Stanciu, Department of English.

Congratulations to this cohort of recipients, and a sincere thank you to all who submitted proposals and to the review committee members for their support throughout the review process.

Previous reports

View featured reports from 2001 to 2012.

For more Information: Contact Enoch Hale at ehale2@vcu.edu or call 828-4798


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