The College maintains a commitment to support faculty members in their pursuit of excellence in professional activities, teaching effectiveness, and college activities. Otis offers three kinds of grants discussed below
Faculty Development Grants
Small grants are available to full-time and adjunct faculty to support activities, such as:
- Professional activities such as research, funding for supplies and material, or participation in conferences and workshops
- Teaching effectiveness related to student learning styles, dealing with problem students, and educating the whole student
- College activities such as building departmental teamwork, collegiality, and communications
Faculty Development grants are funded by the College. External Funding Opportunities are also available to the larger Otis community, including grants, fellowships, and residencies for individual artists, designers, scholars, and writers.
- Faculty Development Grant FAQs
- What to Include in the Grantee Report
- Full List of Grantees and Reports on their Projects: 2004-present
- Faculty Development Grant Application Form: Application deadlines: November 1 and March 1
- Fill out the online form. A copy of the information will be sent to your email.
- Forward the email to your Chair for approval.
- Ask the Chair to forward the email with his/her approval to: Guy Bennett, Faculty Development Committee Co-Chair.
Software Upgrade Grants
Grants are available to full-time, adjunct, and part-time faculty from the Provost's Office for software upgrades that enhance teaching.
All faculty members who have taught at Otis for a minimum of two years are eligible for software upgrade grants, which will be administered as reimbursements. Please note that the grants suport software upgrades (or comparable academic version purchases) only and that the Provost's Office reserves the right to approve, deny, and/or cap awards.
Software upgrade grants can help support many faculty needs, including (but not limited to):
- Maintaining current Microsoft Office programs to assist in presentation and document prepartion, or receiveing and commenting on student papers.
- Staying current in academic versions of Adobe Creative Suite programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design, etc.) that serve both in professional activity and teaching.
- Preparing for classes dependent on exotic or uncommon software programs that change or upgrade frequently and charge high fees for upgrade purchases.
- Any other software updrades that will allow faculty members to teach a class, view and/or grade student work, or teach to the most current version of a program.
Requests for 2012-13 will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 1, 2014. Purchases should be completed using Otis' Preferred Software Storefronts (see Academic Computing if software is not available through these sources):
Curricular Innovation Grants (for Blended Learning)
In response to faculty and College interest in curricular innovation, Curricular Innovation grants are available from the Provost’s Office to support faculty participation in a pilot “blended learning” initiative.
Blended courses are those in which approximately 30-50% of the material is delivered online, and the remainder of the course is delivered face-to-face. Interested faculty members may be selected to participate in an online pedagogy seminar in one semester and, if motivated to do so, teach a blended learning course in a subsequent semester. Selected faculty members may receive Curricular Innovation grants of $500 for participation in the pedagogy seminar and $1,000 for developing and teaching a course.
All full-time, adjunct, and part-time faculty who have taught for a minimum of 1 year at Otis and have Chair approval for the offering of a blended course are eligible. Both Studio and LAS faculty are encouraged to apply.
The deadline for Fall 2014 participation is: Friday, September 12, 2014.
Questions: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participation in and completion of an online seminar about online pedagogy called "Bricks & Clicks." The total time commitment for this course is approximately 3-5 hours per week including required homework, some of which is about developing online course modules. You will be expected to keep up with all course readings and postings, as well as interact with fellow “students” and reflect upon your experiential learning in an e-portfolio.
Successful completion of Bricks & Clicks is required of all faculty who wish to teach either blended or online courses at Otis. (Completion of Bricks & Clicks does not guarantee that you may teach a blended learning course; Department Chairs determine which and how many blended or online courses are offered.)
The deadline for Spring 2015 proposals is: Friday, September 19, 2014
Questions: Contact email@example.com.
Your Chair’s approval to offer a blended course for an upcoming semester is required. S/he must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org saying that they support your proposal and are willing to consider running a blended learnng course. You will need to develop additional modules as needed for a blended course that you will you share your department and other faculty who are interested. You will receive the grant payment once the course has been approved. (All blended and online courses first require completion of Bricks & Clicks.)