The fund is an outgrowth of a series of meetings on teaching issues over the past year between former Provost Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr. and a group of faculty.
Applications by faculty and department chairs for initial grants of $5,000 are due Oct. 9, with up to 10 to be awarded for 199596. The first phase of funded projects must be completed by April 30, 1996.
In a memo announcing the funding opportunity, Machen gave several examples of projects that might qualify for support, such as:
Included in the budget proposal, in addition to funds for supplies, travel or student employment, might be an honorarium for a faculty member from another department or another facilitator to help with the project.
Machen says the most successful of these ventures will be eligible for much larger grants to carry on the work in 199697.
Up to three departments or interdisciplinary groups will be awarded $25,000 grants to continue the project, based on reports submitted to the Provosts Office in summer 1996.
Machen notes that so far funds have been allocated only for a single cycle of awards.
Eligible to apply are Ann Arbor campus department and program chairs and all professors, associate and assistant professors and lecturers with three-year appointments on a continuing basis.
For additional information, contact Susan S. Lipschutz, associate provost, 764-0151, or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are to be submitted to the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching by the appropriate dean.