Applying for External Funding for SoTL

Workshop and Reception

Thursday, March 12, 2020 | 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Please join us for this workshop and reception co-sponsored by the Office of Research!

In his interactive workshop, Dr. Andrew Feig of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement will draw on twenty years of experience writing and reviewing both laboratory and educational grants to address what it takes to write successful SoTL grant proposals.

Writing Successful Research-Based Education Proposals: Designing, Implementing, Assessing and Sustaining Student-Centered Programs at Colleges and Universities

Review committees often look for comparable attributes in an application regardless of the subject matter. First and foremost, applicants must be trying to solve real, tangible and important problems for their stakeholders and must be able to articulate why it is imperative to tackle the issue now.

It is an outcomes-based approach akin to the use of backwards design. The process will help you and your collaborators align the program to the desired outcomes. As you complete this process and educate yourself on prior scholarly work in the area, you will find knowledge gaps related to your project, places where people have made assumptions or approximations about what works and why. These gaps can become the core of the research project that aligns with your educational programming. In this way, the assessment you do on the efficacy of your programming becomes the basis of your scholarly work.

For educational research, it is critical that you consider the issue of sustainability as well. Agencies typically prefer not to fund one-and-done projects, but rather want to see how the work leads to a progression within the field both for the students and the researchers. Sustainability considerations should therefore be designed into the program rather than being an afterthought attached as a coda to the proposal. This interactive workshop will help participants develop skills and strategies for assessing the most important challenges their students encounter and to think about how their educational programming is structured to meet those needs.

Refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres will be served at a reception immediately following the workshop.

Location: Dr. Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation and Activities Center, Room 1090



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