The Morgan Teaching and Learning Center, Educational Development Council (EDC), Academic Technology Center (ATC), and Undergraduate Studies are delighted to announce the launch of the next cycle of Teaching Innovation Grants, to be awarded in 2023. These internal grants seed innovations in undergraduate and graduate education that meet identifiable needs at WPI. 

In this year’s cycle, up to $150,000 will be distributed across three types of grants: Professional Learning Communities, Independent Projects, and Summer Sandbox grants. Please consult the Teaching Innovation Grants webpage for the following: a general Call for Proposals that includes a tool for navigating the three grant types; detailed guidelines, advice, and application form for each type of grant; and a listing of grants awarded last year. 

Proposals in any area are welcome. Timely topics include but are not limited to: issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the curriculum and teaching practices; fostering mental health and holistic well-being in academic contexts; use of XR (extended reality) to address teaching and learning challenges in innovative ways; online experiential and project-based learning; interdisciplinary education initiatives; and innovative graduate education. All proposals will be due February 1, 2023.

Faculty and staff educators are invited to a wine and cheese mixer on Wednesday, November 30 from 4-6pm in Higgins House for conversation about these grant opportunities. Representatives of the Morgan Center, EDC, ATC, and Undergraduate Studies will be on hand to provide an overview of the grant types and answer questions, and we’ll facilitate ideation and connections to others with similar interests. Recent grant recipients will also be attending to share advice.

Prospective applicants may also address questions to, and discuss their ideas with, members of the EDC (Marcel Blais, Esther Boucher, Chrys Demetry, Jeanine Dudle), the ATC (Kate Beverage, Mary Beth Harrity), and with Kimberly LeChasseur, Senior Research & Evaluation Associate for the Morgan Teaching and Learning Center and the Center for Project-Based Learning.