Month: February 2017

Faculty Grant to Support Global Literacy in Undergraduate Courses

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The University Student Learning Goal 3 (Global Literacy) Committee, with support from the Provost’s office and Center for Teaching and Learning, is pleased to announce a small faculty grant program to encourage innovative and effective ways to introduce or enhance global literacy content into Michigan Tech undergraduate courses.

We expect to give two to four awards of up to $1,600 each for work over the summer 2017 to support course development for courses to be taught in the next two years. A match is not required, but applicants are encouraged to seek a match from departments or other units on campus if additional funds are needed for the project.

Objectives of the Grant

Grants will be used to introduce or enhance global literacy content in Michigan Tech undergraduate courses in innovative, effective, and measurable ways. Further information on University Student Learning Goal 3: Global Literacy is available at this link.

Award money must be used for Michigan Tech course development to support the university student learning goal of global literacy. Funds should not be used for travel or conference expenses. The following expenses are allowable:

  • Faculty summer salary
  • Materials purchased for a course
  • Student assistant
  • Software

Selection of awardees will be based on the outcomes of reviews by a committee assembled by the Goal 3 Committee, Provost’s office, and Center for Teaching and Learning. The committee will consist of individuals not involved in the proposals and who have expertise in global literacy.

Expectations of Awardees

Awardees will present their project and how it supports global literacy in a faculty coffee chat organized by the Goal 3 Committee and Center for Teaching and Learning during the fall semester 2017. Through this presentation, awardees are expected to share teaching models and ideas with other faculty members. The new curricular material should be implemented into coursework at the earliest occasion, and no later than spring semester 2019.


Applicants must be faculty members who will teach courses in their unit with the new curricular material on a regular schedule. A single faculty member may apply for a course taught individually, or an interdisciplinary team that co-teaches a course may apply together for one award.

Proposal Required Elements

Responses to project summary and budget should total about 1,000 words.

Project summary should answer the following questions:

  • How will you introduce or enhance global literacy content for a specific course you teach at Michigan Tech?
  • What impact will your work have for Michigan Tech’s university curricula to enhance global literacy, including the estimated number of students impacted?
  • What is the timeline for your proposed project, including teaching the course?
  • How do you expect to measure the effectiveness of your project in terms of student attitudes and/or student learning in global literacy?

Budget should include:

  • Line item expenses
  • Brief budget justification as a clear narrative

For a match, include a brief letter from the chair, dean, or director supporting the match.


The Intent to Apply form must be submitted by March 20, 2017. The form is available at this link. Once the Intent to Apply form is submitted, applicants will be invited to a Canvas course to submit the grant application. Questions about the submission process can be directed to the Goal 3 Committee co-chairs, Ramon Fonkoué ( and Kari Henquinet (


  • Grant applications open: February 7, 2017
  • Intent to Apply form due: March 20, 2017
  • Applications due: March 31, 2017
  • Awards announced: early April 2017
  • Summer 2017: Project work carried out and funds spent
  • Fall 2017: Presentation of results to Michigan Tech faculty