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Teaching Innovation Institute Summer 2019

The Office of Faculty Enhancement (OFE) invites faculty to submit applications for the 3nd annual Teaching Innovation Institute, held in the Summer of 2019. The goal of the institute is to support faculty in redesigning an existing course or in developing a new course or in developing and implementing innovative instructional strategies. During the 2019 summer institute, we are placing special emphasis on supporting faculty who teach students in gateway courses (those courses that serve as essential prerequisites for the program of study) and/or courses that traditionally have low success rates (high DFW rates). Providing support for students and achieving high student success in these courses can be challenging. Students how do not succeed in these courses take more time to graduate and can be at risk of remaining at UNF for their continued studies. Workshops during the institute will focus on supporting students in these challenging settings and courses, leveraging technology when helpful and leveraging evidence-based teaching practice always.

Given this emphasis, OFE will accept proposals from individual faculty as well as from faculty teams who are addressing the success of students in these challenging courses. Team proposals will be given special consideration and additional funding. Preference will be given to proposals that will be implemented during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Participation in the Teaching Innovation Institute includes a $3,000 stipend for individual faculty or a $4,000 stipend for each individual as part of a faculty team, to be distributed across summer terms. Faculty who participate in the Summer Teaching Innovation Institute will be eligible to participate in additional faculty development initiatives in the 2019-2020 academic year for up to an additional $1500. 

Requirements for the Teaching Innovation Institute include: 

 Attend 3 full-day, face-to-face meetings to initiate the summer institute, May 17th, 24th, and 31st (OR May 13th, May 20th, and June 3rd)

 Attend 3 one-hour Faculty Learning Community sessions during the mornings of June 7th, June 21st, and July 12th (remote options are available for these meetings) 

 Prepare a short report and presentation for Teaching Innovation Institute participants, deliver this presentation, and attend/provide feedback to other presenters during one full-day face-to-face presentation event on July 26th


Supplemental awards will provide support in the amount of $3,000 for each faculty member or $4,000 for each member of a faculty team. All full-time, in–unit instructors, tenured faculty and tenure-earning faculty are eligible, subject to the restrictions below: 

Faculty who intend to terminate employment or leave UNF, or, faculty who have been notified by the University that they are on administrative leave or terminal notice and will not receive a contract during the next academic year are ineligible.

Faculty receiving this award are expected to remain at UNF for the following academic year. 

Only one Teaching Innovation Institute application may be submitted per person.

Faculty who receive guaranteed or competitive summer support from one of the colleges, hold endowed positions, for example Kip or presidential professorships, are not eligible for simultaneous funding from the Teaching Innovation Institute program.

Members reviewing applications as part of their service on the Faculty Enhancement Committee are not eligible to apply for the Teaching Innovation Institute program.

Adjunct faculty who would like to participate in the institute are eligible for the award with an accompanying support letter from the Chair of their department, indicating that the development activities will serve the needs of the department.

The Review Process 

The proposals will be reviewed by the OFE Director in consultation with the Faculty Association’s Faculty Enhancement Committee.

Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • The proposed innovation represents a significant change to the structure, organization, or activities associated with a course or set of courses. 
  • The proposed innovation is reasonable given the time constraints. 
  • The proposed innovation is likely to affect student learning positively. 
  • The proposed innovation has the potential to affect a large number of students, either through number of students who take a specific course and/or through courses that have a pivotal role in the curriculum. 

Team proposals will be given special consideration to focus activities and resources on important gateway courses in their curriculum. Preference will be given to proposals that will be implemented during the 2019--2020 academic year. Selection of proposals will ensure a broad participation across disciplines on campus.

Linked below is the Application Evaluation Rubric.

Download Evaluation Rubric (.pdf)

Preparing the Teaching Innovation Institute Application 

 Interested faculty should complete the online application at:

The deadline for applications is February 8, 2019

The online application will include 3 parts and will ask applicants to summarize their innovations and expectations in response to the following questions:

  • Provide a brief description of the teaching innovation work you have planned for this summer institute. The innovation could be a redesigned course, a new course, or an innovation that is to be implemented over a number of courses. Identify what challenges currently exist and how this innovation will help to address these challenges. 
  • What motivated you to attempt this innovation? Is there existing theory or evidence that would suggest that this innovation would be successful? Are you hoping to apply something that has worked in other contexts to a new context?
  • What is the likely impact of this innovation? How many students take this course per year? Is the innovation likely to be implemented in a number of courses? Is this a gateway course or large enrollment course?

Faculty members wishing to work on collaborative innovations within a department or program should submit individual applications. The description of the innovation can be the same across applicants, but each candidate is expected to submit individualized motivation and impact statements. 

 If you have any questions, please contact Dan Richard at or 620-1446.