Oct. 5, 2020

2021 University of Calgary teaching and learning research programs call for proposals and adjudicators

A message from Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Dru Marshall
Taylor Institute Building
Taylor Institute Building

I am pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 University of Calgary Teaching and Learning Grants and University of Calgary Teaching Scholars programs. These initiatives are designed to enhance student learning experiences through the integration of teaching and learning research and educational leadership.

We invite applications from academic staff and librarians, archivists and curators, as well as teaching assistants, postdoctoral scholars, student service professionals and administrative staff. Applications are due Jan. 31, 2021.

Teaching and Learning Grants

The Teaching and Learning Grants support the development, implementation and dissemination of innovative and evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning. Some restrictions apply for primary grant holders. Read more about the program details

These grants facilitate projects through the following streams: 

Development and Innovation: This grant stream supports projects that develop a new teaching approach or improve upon an existing teaching practice. The scope may vary from individual activities to entire programs, such as the creation of a new resource, the implementation of a new practice, or the (re)design of activities, courses or programs. Development and Innovation Grants last two years and can be individual or collaborative. Recipients will share their work with relevant campus audiences to benefit the practice and understanding of others. Funding amounts can be up to $10,000. 

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: These grants support formal, evidence-based studies focused on better understanding or improvement of student learning. Recipients will draw on their discipline-based expertise to develop a scholarly project anchored by meaningful questions about student learning and the activities intended to facilitate that learning. SoTL projects are designed to answer those questions by making relevant student learning visible and then systematically analyzing the evidence. They can be individual or collaborative and are three years in duration. Individual projects can receive up to $20,000 and collaborative projects can receive up to $40,000.

Teaching Scholars

The Teaching Scholars program is intended to support the development of educational leadership projects proposed by individuals who contribute to the learning experiences of University of Calgary students. In addition, fundable projects may involve a range of context and activities, not just those that occur in the classroom. The Teaching Scholars program awards up to $40,000 over four years to successful applicants. Read more about the program details

Volunteer to adjudicate

I would also like to invite you to participate in the adjudication process for either program. Adjudicators contribute greatly to the success of our teaching and learning research programs. The adjudication process is strengthened by diverse perspectives from across the university community. Apply to be an adjudicator before Jan. 31, 2021.

The Teaching and Learning Grants and Teaching Scholars programs are terrific opportunities for scholars to advance their knowledge in pedagogy, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and/or educational leadership. Efforts are made by a wide array of people on a daily basis on our campus to ensure positive teaching and learning experiences — from academic staff, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students assistants, student service professionals to the administrative staff who support the teaching enterprise on campus. We are grateful for all of your efforts. I encourage all of you to consider applying for the Teaching and Learning Grants and Teaching Scholars programs. We look forward to receiving your submissions. 

Dru Marshall  
Provost and Vice-President (Academic) 

The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning is committed to enhancing student learning by generating and supporting research that informs evidence-based teaching practices. Our students, faculty and staff demonstrate great dedication to our Eyes High strategic direction, our Academic Plan and our commitment to enriching the quality and breadth of learning and research at the University of Calgary.