The Wheeler Academic Development Fund was established to support selected teaching activities related to improving academic programs. Monies for the fund were provided from the estate of Esther Wheeler, long-time administrative assistant in the Xavier Evening College. She was the wife of Professor Charles Wheeler, a former Chair of the English Department and the first Director of Summer Sessions.
The Wheeler Awards will be made to cover expenses associated with the following types of projects (See Appendix section for specific examples):
1. Individual Projects. Projects directed toward a faculty member developing new courses or new approaches to current courses.
2. Group Projects. Projects directed toward improving or strengthening the capacities of programs and departments to meet their teaching responsibilities .
The Awards are to fund pilot programs and new initiatives and efforts, and not to replace existing sources of funding or to provide ongoing support for a program. Requests for funds for feasibility studies or administrative expenses for new degree programs will not be granted. Requests for equipment should be pursued through normal channels and will not be funded.
Proposals for the next round of funding will be due on Wednesday, 2013-2014 TBD These awards will fund projects scheduled for TBD. To apply, send an electronic copy of your proposal in care of chair, faculty development committee to Izola White ( email@example.com ) and give copies to your department chair or program director and dean.
Guidelines for the Wheeler Awards
I am writing to you on behalf of the Faculty Development Committee to inform you of potential changes to the Wheeler Awards. In an effort to better serve both the faculty and the purpose of the Wheeler Award program, that is, to assist the faculty in course/program development, the Faculty Development Committee is evaluating changes to the Wheeler Award guidelines. In particular:
1. Eliminating the cap on awards, currently $3500, to allow more flexibility. The thought is that faculty should ask for what a project requires, not more and not less. Proposals that have a high price tag would be expected to have a high impact/high payback whereas proposals that ask for much less need not meet quite the same bar.
2. Faculty stipends would not automatically be awarded but reserved for those situations where the prime need for new course development is faculty time and effort.
3. Also, where the prime need for new program development is a significant block of faculty time, requests for funds to reduce a course load would be considered. Such a request must be validated by a department chair with a plan as to how the course load reduction would be accommodated. (For example, through hiring an adjunct, delaying the offering of a course, etc.)
4. The prohibition on asking for equipment would be removed and one-time requests for new equipment would be considered. As technology and pedagogy become more intimately connected, the thought was to facilitate the process of developing new approaches that make use of new technologies. However, ongoing equipment needs and/or maintenance would not be considered. As an example, a one-time purchase of 10 iPads used to try a new approach to teaching a specific class or concept would be permitted. Such a proposal should address how these iPads would be used in subsequent courses and explain how ongoing equipment support would be paid for, if necessary. It should not be assumed that the university would replace the equipment in subsequent replacement cycles.
5. As a result of these changes, the proposal solicitation period would change from semiannual to annual with a proposal deadline in early to mid-February for programs in the following academic year (which begins in the summer).
The aim here is to be more open to new and innovative ideas while also being budget responsible. We intend to submit these potential changes as a formal proposal to the faculty assembly for your review and input in the next few weeks. In the meantime, for those faculty who were counting on Wheeler dollars to fund work aimed at the spring semester, the committee will make a small amount of funding available for such a circumstance. Please contact myself and Dena Morton, chair of the Faculty Development Committee, with your preliminary requests and we will take your proposals to the committee. To facilitate our deliberations, please let us know of your intent by October 18 and we will contact you directly with further information on an interim process.
Steven T. Herbert
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Dean of the Graduate School
Professor of Physics
Schmidt Hall, Room 103
Cincinnati, OH 45207
I. Wheeler Awards are available to all full-time permanent faculty members and librarians.
II. Proposal Deadlines:
The faculty development committee, in conjunction with the office of the associate provost for academic affairs, will communicate to eligible persons the specific dates for the submission of proposals.
In November, the faculty development committee will consider proposals for projects that will be initiated during the twelve-month period beginning the following January 1.
In March, the committee will consider proposals for projects that will be initiated during the twelve-month period beginning the following June 1. In an exceptional circumstance and at the request of the academic vice president and provost, the committee will meet to review a proposal that requires immediate action.
The faculty development committee reviews proposals and recommends projects for the Wheeler Awards to the provost and CAO, who will have the final voice in approving projects. The faculty development committee and faculty committee will be informed of the recipients of the awards.
III. Award Amount: Project expenses will be funded up to $3,000, and project director(s) will receive $500 in addition to the covered expenses. The total award will not exceed $3,500. If multiple faculty are working on a project the $500 stipend may be divided between faculty. Detailed budgets are more easily judged and funded than vague budgets.
IV. Reports: Within four months after the end of the project, the person(s) receiving the Wheeler Award must submit a narrative and financial report to the office of the associate provost for academic affairs (electronically (firstname.lastname@example.org ) and the chair(s) or program director(s) of the recipient(s). For multi-year projects, a brief progress report should be submitted annually. All reports will be available to the faculty development committee and will be used in evaluating future requests for funds.
V. Guideline Revisions: When necessary, the faculty development committee will recommend revisions of these guidelines to the Provost anad chief Academic Officer.
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1. Name of Applicant(s)
4. Title of Project
5. Include: "PROPOSAL FOR A WHEELER AWARD"
6. Period requested for funding: "from month/year to month/year"
7. Amount requested
8. Abstract of proposed project not to exceed 150 words.
2. Budget Page:
Should include a detailed explanation of how the requested funds will be spent within the time frame of the project.
Should be limited to two single-spaced typewritten pages. Include a detailed description of the project and an explanation of the anticipated curricular or pedagogical benefit to the individual or group seeking funding and to the University. A description of the background of the project also should be included: What factors led you to pursue the proposed project? Do you have previous accomplishments related to the project? Have you taught classes relating to the proposal? If you are moving into a new area, what factors in your prior professional work have led you to this area?
The importance and distinctiveness of the proposed project need to be made explicit. Within the relevant category, your description might include:
1. Individual Projects
Title, theme, and objective of new or revised course(s) being prepared: How does it fit into the college, department, and/or core curriculum? Workshop or conference: theme or objective; major speakers; place and length of time; how it will strengthen teaching. Description of new developments to be studied and of the significance of such developments; account of the significance of studying another discipline to improvement and strengthening of teaching in one's own discipline.
2. Group Projects
How will the activity improve teaching? What is the theme and objective? Why is it needed? To what audience is the activity being directed? How does the activity fit into the discipline(s) involved?
4. A statement from the department chair/program director (the dean if the applicant is a department chair or program director), indicating that the proposed project is expected to lead to curricular improvement.
5. Additional information:
If applicable, brochures or other information concerning the conference, workshop, or program for which funding is being requested should be submitted.
If applicable, a brief description of previous faculty development awards received and their outcomes should be submitted.
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APPENDIXBelow are examples of projects that can funded by Wheeler Funds.
A. Individual Projects: Projects directed toward a faculty member developing new courses or new approaches to current courses. Please remember that the Awards are to fund pilot programs and new initiatives and efforts, and not to replace existing sources of funding or to provide ongoing support for a program.
Examples of expenses that could be funded:
· Attendance at conferences on improvement of teaching skills.
· Attendance at conferences or workshops covering themes or problems that promise to broaden or to deepen one's teaching repertoire.
· Support to develop a new course in one's own discipline or between disciplines.
· Student worker to assist in revision of old course or development new course.
· Stipend for guest lecturers in a course.
· Travel funds for the purpose of consultation with other professionals on matters relating to improving teaching techniques or to enriching the applicant's grasp of the subject matter.
· Attendance at workshops to study major developments, trends, or schools of thought that have arisen in one's discipline.
· Consultation and study with the leaders of such trends or movements.
· Study at institutions that are at the center of a new movement.
· Financial support to gain the sort of expertise in a discipline other than one's own that may be necessary to understand possible areas of cross-fertilization and dialogue that may occur between the disciplines.
· Support to develop new foreign language skills or to improve such skills either through study of that language in its native country or attendance at special language workshops or institutes in this country.
B. Group Projects
Projects directed toward improving or strengthening the capacities of programs and departments to meet their teaching responsibilities. Please remember that the Awards are to fund pilot programs and new initiatives and efforts, and not to replace existing sources of funding or to provide ongoing support for a program.
· Workshops to improve teaching with goals to strengthen and/or restructure the areas of concentration.
· Workshops directed to pursuing possible sources of curricular integration and cooperation between or among departments.
· Pedagogy workshops on topics such as: assessment/grading, teaching with technology, cooperative learning, group learning, or team teaching.
· Providing seed money or matching funds for departmentally-sponsored conferences or workshops that will enhance teaching.
· Interdisciplinary projects or course development.