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Fall SoTL Opportunities at ISU

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This fall, the Office of the Cross Chair in SoTL at Illinois State University is offering several opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to support new or ongoing SoTL projects. Each is described below (headers link to additional information for each program):

Go Global with SoTL Mini-Grants: The Go Global with SoTL Mini-Grant program will provide mini-grants to study the developmental and learning outcomes of ISU students as a result of global/international/cross-cultural curricular or co-curricular experiences.These experiences could be part of an ISU class or program on campus, a study abroad experience, a co-curricular travel and/or volunteer experience, etc. as long as a global/international/cross-cultural component is clearly a major aspect of the assignment or experience. Mini-grants are for $1,000per proposal. Funds may be used for any appropriate budget category (e.g., printing, commodities, equipment, travel, student help, and salary in FY16). We expect to award five grants.

SoTL Travel Grants: The SoTL Travel Grant program is designed to encourage public sharing of SoTL work on the teaching and/or learning of ISU students. The program provides partial funding for travel to present SoTL work. Funds up to $700 per application/conference will be awarded. Funds may be used toward conference registration and/or travel costs for a trip taken (and not fully reimbursed), or to be taken, to present SoTL work this fiscal year. We expect to award 10-14 grants for FY16.

University-Wide SoTL Award: The Dr. John Chizmar & Dr. Anthony Ostrosky Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award recognizes and encourages high quality and quantitiy of SoTL work at ISU and in the discipline beyond ISU that contributes to the SoTL field, the SoTL body of knowledge, improved teaching, and enhanced student learning. A monetary award of $3000 is offered to the winner of this award annually. The recipient of this award will be recognized at the CTLT Teaching and Learning Symposium, at Founder’s Day, and at an RSP event.

Please contact Kathleen McKinney ( with questions about any of these specific funding opportunities!


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