The Teaching and Learning Development Grant Program

The purpose of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATAL) is to support and promote effective and innovative teaching that enhances learning at Mercer University College of Pharmacy. To help accomplish this purpose, CATAL administers the Teaching and Learning Development Grant Program (T&LDGP). The aim of the Program is to promote the scholarship of teaching by making funds available for specific projects in the area of teaching and learning. Faculty are encouraged to develop innovative pedagogical projects to enhance the teaching skills of College of Pharmacy faculty members, to promote a teaching community at the College of Pharmacy, and to improve student learning. The project may be empirical (quantitative or qualitative) or theoretical/conceptual in nature. Successful applications will have clear outcomes for teaching and learning within the College. The proposal must provide a detailed description of how the stated outcomes of the project will be assessed and evaluated.

The T&LDGP provides funding to individual faculty members or faculty teams. Up to $1500 will be awarded for up to three selected proposals. Projects are supported on a one-time basis and should generally be completed within two years.  A project year is defined as July 1 to June 30.  All funds must be spent by May 31, 2019.

Guidelines for Grant Application

Eligibility - All faculty (individuals or teams) in the College of Pharmacy are eligible to apply.

Application Deadline - CATAL must receive the application by May 31. Awards will be announced by June 21 so that projects may begin on July 1.

Proposals - The proposal should consist of the following parts:

  1. Project Summary  Provide a succinct description of the proposed project. State the specific aims and objectives, and concisely describe the design and methods for achieving the stated objectives.
  2. Aims and Objectives  These should provide a clear statement of the expectations for the project.
  3. Significance of the Project  Include specific details on the significance of the project in addressing the perceived need and the potential impact on teaching in the College of Pharmacy. Describe how the results of the project will be shared with others and how the results may be transferred to other courses. Include appropriate background and literature review, including relevant theory and past research.
  4. Description of the Project   Explain how the project will enhance teaching and learning. Outline potential long-term benefits of the project. Describe the relationship between the project and the aims and objectives. Final Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval may be submitted after the deadline but must be received by CATAL before the grant can be awarded.
  5. Plan for Evaluation   Explain how the success of the project will be assessed, including data analysis and interpretation. Include indicators that will be used to measure the success of the project. Answer the question: How you will know whether the innovation fostered the intended learning more effectively than an alternate method might do?
  6. Project Time Line
  7. Required Support   List support that will be needed for the project, including faculty and applicable University resources.
  8. Budget Page   Include an explanation/justification for the itemized costs in sufficient detail to enable reviewers to evaluate how funds will be used to support the proposed project.
  9. Statement of Support from the Department Chair

Selection Criteria- Members of CATAL will evaluate each application. Proposals will be evaluated using criteria available from the CATAL office or the Center Web Page. The following also are considered in recommendation for selection:

  • The project is not a part of the normal or expected duties of the faculty member(s)
  • The project promotes teaching in the community of scholars in the college
  • The project precisely addresses issues related to teaching and learning in a systematic way with clearly defined outcomes, methods of assessment, and strategies for communicating results to other interested individuals
  • The project is innovative
  • The anticipated impact on students is positive and substantial

Projects that simply update text or course material will receive low priority. Stipends for attending faculty development programs are not funded.

Reports - Recipients will submit a status summary, including budget expenditures, every six months. A final report of the project will be due upon completion of the project. Additionally, recipients must be willing to present and discuss their project at an appropriate forum determined by CATAL.