University of California, San Diego

April 7, 1999
SUBJECT: 1999-2000 Instructional Improvement Proposal Call
I am pleased to announce the availability of funding to support faculty
efforts to improve undergraduate instruction. Proposals will be reviewed
by the Committee on Instructional Improvement, and the final allocation
decisions will be made by the Senior Vice Chancellor - Academic Affairs. For this next allocation period, the committee again intends to set aside a
substantial fraction of the allocation funds for consideration of one or two
large proposals (up to $20K) which may have a more significant impact at the
program, department, or divisional levels than the typical small individual
proposals that have been funded in the recent past at the $1K-$3K level.
The committee is also willing to consider proposals involving a distance- or
web-based learning aspect. Faculty are encouraged to work within their
units to develop more comprehensive strategies which might improve
undergraduate instruction. Interdisciplinary proposals are welcome. On a
competitive basis, many of the smaller individual proposals will also
continue to be funded.
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 approaches are welcome. The committee is
dedicated to promoting any increase in the personal contact between
ladder-rank faculty and students, and proposals that affect many students,
particularly at the lower division level.
Awards will be made in the form of grants for development expense,
including, but not limited to, material costs, summer student support, and
support for technical assistance. The application deadline is Monday, May 10, 1999. The committee hopes to
announce awards by June 1, 1999, with funding available July 1, 1999. An
application form appears below, and a call letter and form are also included
as attachments for distribution and duplication purposes. Paper application
forms are available from Michelle Dotson (x4-0097, mdotson@ucsd.edu).
Please feel free to contact any of the committee members below with any
questions or concerns.
David R. Miller
Associate Vice Chancellor for
Academic Planning and Programs
Enclosure (also see below)
Instructional Improvement Committee Members:
Provost Tom Bond, Revelle College Director Sherman George, Media Center Professor Robert B. Horwitz, Communication
Associate Vice Chancellor David R. Miller (Chair) Professor Anthony Sebald, ECE Professor Cynthia M. Truant, History
Senior Lecturer Gabriele Wienhausen, Biology
Undergraduate Student representative (TBD)
Please remit to Michele Dotson, mail code 0001, no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 10, 1999.
Electronic submission to mdotson@ucsd.edu is acceptable if forwarded from the Department Chair's office signifying the Chair's approval.
Name Title Department Phone
Name Title Department Phone
PROJECT TITLE:_______________________________________________________
DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Please attach a description of the project. It
must contain a statement of the problem, the objectives of the proposal and
the intellectual impact, the plan for achieving the objectives, and an
evaluation plan.
Number that will be affected: __________
Upper Division Students: __________
Lower Division Students: __________
Personnel Costs: (List each additional individual separately. Please
consult your department's Management Service Officer to obtain exact
Payroll title and step: ________________________
Annual salary: $__________
Percent time on project: ________________________
Period of time on project: ________________________
Supplies and expenses: $__________
Travel: $__________
Other: $__________
TOTAL REQUEST: $__________
Funds committed from an alternate source: $____________
Name of Source:_____________________________________________________
APPROVAL REQUIRED: ________________________________ ___________
Department Chair Date
[Chairs are invited to forward a brief endorsement statement which may be
sent via e-mail to mdotson@ucsd]