Hedrick Program Grant for Teaching Innovation

Application Deadline:

The application process for the 2019-2020 academic year is closed.

About the Hedrick Program Grant

The Faculty Development Office in the Center for Teaching and Learning annually funds an award of up to $5,000 for a project that supports innovations in teaching. Successful projects must meet two primary goals. First, this is a program-level grant. As such, the grant can only be awarded to a department/program or to a cross-disciplinary collaboration. The grant is not awarded to individuals or for course-level work. Second, the grant is for a teaching innovation. Even though the innovation might be deployed at the course-level, it– and not the course – should be at the center of your project. The ideal project would be transferable across programs and to a broader segment of the institution.

[Projects focused primarily on the development of a single course by a single professor are ineligible for this grant.]


This is a program grant and is therefore awarded to a department/program or to a cross-disciplinary collaboration, not to an individual. The Primary Investigator (PI) must be a tenured or tenure-track full-time faculty member in any department or college that reports directly to Academic Affairs. Faculty in the first or second year of a 3-year term may also apply as the PI on behalf of their respective departments. Administrators at the rank of Dean or above may not apply as the PI.

How to Apply

Submit your application by completing the application form below. You will be asked to upload several documents, which are described below.

Applications should include the following:

  1. CV for primary investigator
  2. Endorsement: Include a letter of endorsement from your division head/department chair or dean.
  3. Proposal
    • Project Title
    • Contact Information for the PI and Co-Investigators
    • Program/Department
    • Project Abstract
    • Full Project Description
      1. Issue: The issue/problem is clearly identified and in-line with the purpose of the grant.
      2. Expected Outcomes: The expected outcomes are clearly identified, feasible, and in-line with the purpose of the grant.
      3. Strategy and Pedagogical Justification: The project proposes an innovative addition to current programming and will change or affect teaching methods, assessment, student learning, and so forth, in creative or different ways from “traditional” teaching/learning paradigms. Active learning by students is promoted.
      4. Broad Program-Level Impact: The project’s impact will be felt across multiple courses or across the program/department/college/institution rather than just in a single course. Multiple instructors will be affected or involved. The project will potentially change the learning experiences of many students.
      5. Assessment Methods: Assessment plan is clearly described, feasible, and will yield sufficient data to measure student learning and determine efficacy of the project.
      6. Timeline: Timeline is clearly delineated and the project can be accomplished in the time proposed.
      7. Budget (max 100 words) : Budget expenditures are clear and realistic. The budget is a useful expenditure of the money, relative to the purpose of the grant. (NOTE: The $5,000 does not all have to be spent on direct project expenditures. It can be used as a “reward” for a program or department that is using its personnel to creatively change the program. The budget should not be used primarily for one person’s salary.)
      8. Plan for Dissemination of the Project (max 100 words): Proposal indicates willingness to present at iPED 2020, produce a Best Practices Guide for CTL website, and plans for submission of a project evaluation report (including assessment results) by September 15 following conclusion of the grant.



Please direct questions to Karen McComas, Executive Director, CTL (6-2983 or mccomas@marshall.edu).