Rice University's Inquiry-Based Learning Fund awards competitive grants of up to $10,000 to departments/units that oversee the curriculum of a major, area major, or interdisciplinary major/minor. Grants are intended to fund integration of experiential inquiry and research into the undergraduate curriculum of a major, area major, or interdisciplinary major/minor. Planning Grants are for departments/units that need time and resources to evaluate curriculum and identify gaps in the scaffolding of inquiry and research. Departments may submit a budget of up to $5,000 to be used for planning and assessment and an additional budget of up to $5,000 to pilot an IBL course in Spring 2020.
Funds awarded will be for academic year 2019-2020 and cannot carry over to a second year. Awarded departments/units agree to meet regularly with the Office of Inquiry-Based Learning and other relevant academic support centers (Center for Teaching Excellence, Program in Writing and Communication, Fondren Library, Information Technology) to design a curricular scaffold. Additionally, awarded departments will collaborate with the Office of Inquiry-Based Learning to assess the curricular scaffold and student learning outcomes in accordance with SACSCOC.
Departments are encouraged to seek additional funding for course development from the following sources:
Deadline: March 4, 2019
Contact: Frank Geurts (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Committee on Teaching invites all Rice faculty members to submit grant proposals for projects that foster excellence in undergraduate teaching at Rice. Funds for these Brown Foundation Teaching grants can be used to support a variety of activities, including “seminars and other programs aimed to improve the quality of teaching, and ... studies and experimental tests of new instructional methods or programs.” In previous years, awards have ranged from a few hundred dollars to $5,000.
Contact: Jennifer Wilson, Director of the PWC (email@example.com)
The PWC is eager to work with departments that are interested in integrating writing, speaking, or visual assignments into courses as part of their QEP initiative. Awards ranging from $5,000-$15,000 are available to support communication instruction, the development of course materials, and peer communication coaching.
Teams with a minimum of three full-time faculty of mixed rank who have authority over a major, area major, or interdisciplinary major/minor are eligible to apply.
Office of Inquiry-Based Learning and the Faculty Advisory Committee will review proposals and consult with relevant Deans in making final award decisions.
Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
Proposals must be submitted using this webform by February 28, 2019. Proposals should include the following documents in PDF format:
For questions or feedback, please contact Caroline Quenemoen (firstname.lastname@example.org).