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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
Software Upgrade Grants
Curricular Innovation 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 (NEW!): Application deadlines: November 1 and March 1
Application Instructions (NEW!):
1. Fill out the new online form. A copy of the information will be sent to your email.
2. Forward the email to your Chair for approval.
3. Ask the Chair to forward the email with his/her approval to: Linda Pollari, Faculty Development Committee Co-Chair.
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):
Requests for 2012-13 will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 1, 2013. 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)|
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. The initiative is for selected faculty members to participate in an online pedagogy seminar in one semester and to 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/or have Chair approval for the offering of blended courses are eligible. Both Studio and LAS faculty are encouraged to apply.
The deadline for Summer 2013 proposals is: Monday, May 13, 2013.
Interested faculty should complete the Blended Learning Grant Application.
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 Fall 2013 and Summer 2013 proposals is: Friday, February 1, 2013.
Interested faculty should complete the Blended and Online Course Proposal.
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.)