David W. Raymond, while a member of the first Board of Trustees of Northern Illinois University, created an endowment to fund an annual grant to faculty who are working on ways to use new technologies in their teaching. Income from the endowment is supplemented with funds from the Provost’s Office to provide a $2,500 grant to the faculty member with the best proposal for incorporating new technologies into his or her teaching. Tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply for the grant. Grant funds may be used for software purchases, equipment upgrades, graduate assistantship time, or other costs associated with developing courseware or supportive materials that make effective and innovative use of instructional technology.
The recipient of the grant will be expected to discuss and demonstrate the project in a public presentation during the spring following the award. David Raymond will be invited to the presentation each year, and the next winner of the David W. Raymond grant will be announced at that event. A public presentation of the work done by each grant recipient will contribute to faculty knowledge of the benefits, pitfalls, and outcomes of using technology in teaching, thus accomplishing one of Trustee Raymond’s objectives in establishing this endowment.
Applicants for the grant must describe a project that incorporates instructional technologies in the teaching of a course or the preparation of supporting materials for a course, according to the attached format. The proposal must include a budget for the project and a letter of support from the chair of the applicant’s department, school, or division. If the project requires the involvement of other campus units (e.g., Media Services) or collaborators, letters of support or commitment from those units or collaborators must be included with the proposal. Proposals will be judged by a faculty committee approved by the Provost. The committee will use the following criteria in the priority order listed below for ranking the proposals.
1. Innovation (includes degree of innovation, creativity, appropriate use of technology, etc.)
2. Applicability (includes transferability to other campus venues, applicability to other courses and fields/departments, multidisciplinary impact, number of students who would benefit from the project, etc.)
3. Feasibility (includes leveraging or extending previous work, appropriate use of funds in proposed budget, technical feasibility of proposed project, probability of completion within the timeline proposed, etc.)
The selection committee will recommend finalists to the Provost, who will make the final decision. The winner of the grant will be announced in the spring each year, and funds will be available on July 1 of that year so that the successful applicant can make maximum use of the summer time.
Applicants should use the attached format for the proposals. All proposals should be forwarded to: Grant Review Committee, Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, 319 Adams Hall.
Deadline for Proposal: March 27, 2009
2009-2010 David W. Raymond Grant
for the Use of Technology in Teaching
Applicant’s Name: __________________________________ Title: ____________________
Department Name: _____________________________________________________________
Project Title: _____________________________________________________________
Project rationale: Narrative organized under the following sections should not exceed five typed pages using at least 12-point type. Additionally, applicants may attach examples of work that demonstrate their ability to carry out the project.
Part 1: Innovation – Objectives and Description of the project: This section should present (a) objectives of the project, (b) description of the project, (c) significance of the project; (d) brief discussion of the ways in which the project is innovative and creative in the use of technology, and (e) appropriateness of the project’s use of technology, etc.
Part 2: Applicability – Impact of the project: This section should present (a) the impact of the project on students (courses, numbers of students involved, ways in which their learning will be affected), (b) how the project addresses and meets the needs, priorities and missions of the department, college, and university, and (c) the potential for transferability to other campus venues, applicability to other courses in similar and disparate disciplines, and potential multidisciplinary impact, including the applicant’s willingness to assist in such transfer, etc.
Part 3: Feasibility – Carrying out the project: This section should present (a) the applicant’s demonstrated expertise to carry out the project, including leveraging or extending previous work, (b) plans for carrying out the project, including an approximate time frame for each task (the applicant must be prepared to make a public presentation by the following spring semester), (c) plans for evaluating the project’s success and impact, and (d) appropriateness of budget items, etc.
Itemized budget: Budget items should be related to completing the project and can include: stipends for undergraduate or graduate assistant or other student help, clerical support, software purchases (use contractual category if amount exceeds $100 and commodities if it is less than $100), and equipment or equipment upgrade. Departmental, college or external support for the project, if any, should be indicated. NOTE: Grant funds cannot be used for faculty salary or travel.
Letter of support from the chair of the applicant’s department, school, or division indicating the significance of the project within the discipline and the applicant’s ability to carry the project to completion. If the project requires the involvement of other campus units or collaborators, letters of support or commitment from those units or collaborators must be included with the proposal. The letters may be attached to the proposal or sent separately to the Grant Review Committee.
Five copies of each proposal should be submitted to David Raymond Grant Review Committee, Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, 319 Adams Hall by March 27, 2009.
Last Updated: 2/23/2009