Preparing for a productive Summer

Tips for Faculty Development and Scholarship Committee (FDSC) Grants:

1. Make the description of your work accessible to a broad audience. Explain any disciplinary terms used.

2. Be sure to address the impact of your work within your discipline. Also, address the impact of and context within your scholarly development.

3. Adhere to the grant guidelines (page limit, required sections, format, etc).

4. Take some time to review the outcomes of your work; find a middle ground between realistic and optimistic.

5. Be specific with your outcomes. If your outcomes include a conference presentation, publication, or performance, listing the target journal/venue could be helpful.

Tips for Muhlenberg Center for Teaching and Learning (MCTL) Grants:

1. Make the description of your work accessible to a broad audience. Explain any disciplinary terms used.

2. Adhere to the grant guidelines (page limit, required sections, format, etc).

3. Pay close attention to the intent of the specific grant (pedagogical development vs. new course). For example, many worthwhile pedagogical development grant proposals are ranked lower because they describe course content or technological revisions to a course rather than a significantly different pedagogical approach.

4. Particularly for pedagogical development grants (but may also be relevant for new course grants), stronger proposals have a clear plan for how they will assess the impact on student learning.

Tips for First-Year Seminar (FYS) Grants:

1. Present a course summary that starts with the one proposed to be shared with the students; add language about how your FYS is in dialogue with larger learning goals within the Liberal Arts.

2. Focus on the need to spend some time in the summer developing a new course: what resources you will need to review and what materials you will need to generate.

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