University of California, San Diego
February 28, 2005
ALL UCSD GENERAL CAMPUS AND SIO FACULTY
KEY ADMINISTRATORS AND KEY SUPPORT STAFF
I am pleased to announce the availability of funding to support faculty efforts to improve undergraduate instruction. The Instructional Improvement Committee will review proposals, and the Acting Senior Vice Chancellor - Academic Affairs will make the final allocation decisions.
The committee looks for proposals that can improve the quality of undergraduate education, impact many students, and enhance the interactions between faculty and students, particularly at the lower-division level. Faculty are encouraged to work within their units to develop more comprehensive strategies that might improve undergraduate instruction. Interdisciplinary proposals are also welcome.
The committee encourages any improvement in existing instructional programs, including courses, curricula, and instructional processes, as well as the development of interdisciplinary courses and programs. Faculty experiments with new technologies or new teaching approaches are welcome, including proposals involving on-line or web-based learning.
In addition to the usual individual proposals that are funded at the $1K-$3K level, the committee hopes to be able to fund one or two large proposals (up to $10K) that may have a more significant impact at the program, department, or divisional levels. The committee has looked more favorably on larger proposals when there are matching funds committed from alternative sources.
Awards will be made in the form of grants for development expenses, including, but not limited to, materials costs, summer graduate student support, and support for technical assistance. Due to ongoing budget concerns, it will not be possible to support summer salary for faculty.
The application deadline is Wednesday, April 13, 2005. Awards will be announced in late May, with funding available July 1, 2005. The application form is available at: http://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/offices/planning/ under the heading Ongoing Programs.
General criteria and program guidelines are also provided on the Academic Affairs web site noted above. Please feel free to contact Marie Sidney (x4-0097; ) or Eileen Silva (x2-0226; ) with any questions.