Both the Curriculum Development Grants and the Instructional Improvement grants provide a maximum award of $2,400, exclusive of absorbed release time.

Proposal Submission: Email a single PDF document including all proposal elements (discussed below) to grants@nmu.edu. Note faculty applicants are responsible for obtaining appropriate department head signature on the cover sheet. Electronic signatures are acceptable and binding signatures.

Synopsis

NMU recognizes that curriculum development and instructional improvement are ongoing activities in all academic departments on campus. It is the hope of every department that internal resources will be adequate to support these development and improvement efforts, including the purchase of equipment or educational supplies that are routinely processed through administrative channels. Unfortunately reality dictates that major development and some instructional improvement efforts cannot always be accomplished with available department resources. There may be a need for additional funds to cover the cost of faculty release time or summer support for faculty travel, training and materials.

Requests for funding will be accepted in the following categories:

  1. Curriculum Development Grants are intended to support efforts at the departmental or inter-departmental level and focus on modifications, advancements or improvements in the curriculum. Proposals must clearly demonstrate how the proposed work exceeds those curriculum development activities normally expected from an academic unit to adequately justify additional funding.
  2. Instructional Improvement Grants are intended to support projects that offer one or more faculty members the opportunity to improve their instructional skills, implement new teaching methodologies, or develop innovative materials. Course development for international courses are included in this category.

Eligibility

All full-time faculty on term, continuing, tenure track, and tenured appointments are eligible. Although individual faculty members initiate the proposal, they will require endorsements as detailed in the guidelines below. 

Application Instructions

It is helpful to look over the evaluation criteria on the evaluation form. Proposals will be evaluated based up scholarly significance, guided by these proposal requirements. Proposals that do not follow the guidelines will lose points.

Applicants must submit a cover sheet (available here) signed by appropriate Department Head.

  • Document Format.  Proposals for all grants must be double-spaced, have one-inch margins, be printed in Times New Roman font, with 12 point font size with page numbers and last name in footer of each page.

Applications include the following: Curriculum development grants

Project abstract: Limit 250 words, with a clear concise statement about the need and the project

Project Narrative: Limit 6 pages double spaced. Appendices are not included in 6 page limit.

  1. Project description and objectives: This should be a concise statement of the nature and objectives of the proposed project.
  2. Statement of need: This will justify the need and significance of the proposed work and explain why funding is required.
    1. NOTE: Both the "Statement of Need" and "Project Description and Objectives" sections must clearly demonstrate how the proposed work exceeds those curriculum development activities normally expected from an academic department and thereby justifies additional funding.
    2. Plan and Timetable:  This should be a description of how and when the project objectives are to be achieved.
  3. Budget: Budgets should provide only for direct costs, such as funding of released time, travel, etc. Fringe benefits must be included for university employees receiving remuneration under the grant. A detailed budget justification must be included; a sample budget justification can be found here. (If there are questions regarding the budget, contact Erica Lynn Goff (efranich@nmu.edu or ext. 2456).

Appendices:

  1. Departmental Statement:  This statement should be prepared and signed by the departmental curriculum committee. It should contain a statement of how the proposed project would relate to the mission of the department. The statement should also address the feasibility of conducting the project under the released time option. The endorsement and continued commitment by the department to the proposed program modification should be indicated. Interdepartmental curriculum projects should include support statements from each department involved.
  2. Approvals:  Request for released time to be absorbed by the department must have the approval of the department head and appropriate dean.
  3. Any applicant that proposes to use human subjects (e.g., clinical or survey work) must have applied for approval of NMU’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). Any project involving the use of animals must have applied for approval of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Applicants must attach a copy of their Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Animal Care (IACUC) approval letter, or confirmation of application from the Chair of IRB or IACUC, with their application to be considered for funding.
  4. Curriculum Vitae of the principal investigator (NOTE:  please limit to four pages).
  5. References Cited

 

Applications include the following: Instructional Improvement grants

Project abstract: Limit 250 words, with a clear concise statement about the need and the project

Project Narrative:

  1. Project Description and Objectives:  This should be a concise statement of the nature and objectives of the proposed project.
  2. Statement of Need:  This should describe the area of instruction which has been identified as requiring improvement and which faculty groups might benefit or participate. Also, describe the significance of the work and why funding is required.
  3. Plan and Timetable:  This section should describe how and when the project objectives are to be achieved. If a training session for faculty is involved, describe when such a session might be scheduled to ensure maximum participation, and detail how faculty will be chosen for the faculty development sessions.
  4. Budget: Budgets should provide only for direct costs, such as funding of released time, travel, etc. Fringe benefits must be included for university employees receiving remuneration under the grant. A detailed budget justification must be included. (If there are questions regarding the budget, contact Kathy Frazier at 227-1076).
  5. Project Staffing:  This section should include a description of the project's staffing needs.

Appendices:

  1. Approvals: Instructional Improvement Grants must have the approval signature of the department head on the Project Summary Sheet. If release time is requested to be absorbed by the department, you must also have the appropriate dean's signature and a letter of approval signed by both the department head and appropriate dean.
  2. Any applicant that proposes to use human subjects (e.g., clinical or survey work) must have applied for approval of NMU’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). Any project involving the use of animals must have applied for approval of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Applicants must attach a copy of their Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Animal Care (IACUC) approval letter, or confirmation of application from the Chair of IRB or IACUC, with their application to be considered for funding.
  3. Curriculum Vitae of the principal investigator (NOTE:  please limit to four pages).
  4. References Cited

Application Evaluation

The Faculty Grants Committee will review the proposals, rank them, and report to the Senate. The Senate will forward its recommendations to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. While it is understood that the objectives of the grant categories vary, each proposal submitted will be reviewed and ranked by the Faculty Grants Committee in terms of the project's overall merit. The Committee will recommend only meritorious proposals for funding, and will make budget recommendations. The evaluation rubric used by the Faculty Grants Committee can be downloaded here. Each proposal will be rated independently on the following criteria:

  • Each proposal will be reviewed as to the methods of the project, the appropriateness of the budget, and the probability of attaining its specified objectives.
  • Each proposal will be reviewed as to the innovative nature of the proposed objective and/or the impact the outcome will have on curriculum development or instructional improvement.
  • Proposals that are rated unacceptable with regard to either criterion by a majority of the committee will not be ranked.
  • Voting Policy:  Each proposal must be read and evaluated by a minimum of five (5) voting members of the Faculty Grants Committee. In the event that less than five committee members are available for grant assessment, alternate committee members will be called upon to fill in. Committee members who have a grant under consideration will be excluded from any deliberations. Alternates will take the place of these members. Ex officio committee members may contribute to discussions, but will not take part in the actual ranking of proposals.

Reporting

Grant recipients must file a Final Project Report by June 30 of the year following the year the award was received. The report guidelines can be found here. All funds must be encumbered on or before the end of the one-year award period.

Sample proposals can be found here.

2021

Curriculum Development

-NO SUBMISSIONS-

Instructional Improvement

-NO SUBMISSIONS-


2020

Curriculum Development

Name:  Jim Marquardson
Department:  College of Business
Title: Establishment of Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Governance Model and Initial Curriculum Modifications

Instructional Improvement

Name: Kristen Smith
Department: School of Nursing
Title: Expanding Simulation in the Women's & Children's Nursing Courses


2019

Curriculum Development

Name:  Eugene Wickenheiser
Department:  Department of Chemistry
Title: Extraction Theory and Practice

Instructional Improvement

Name: Elizabeth Monske
Department: Department of English
Title: Revision on EN 509


2018

Curriculum Development

Name: Caroline Krzakowski
Department: Department of English
Title: Introduction to Digital Humanities

Instructional Improvement

-NO SUBMISSIONS-


2017

Curriculum Development

Name:  Daniel Rowe
Department:  Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Title: Quantitative Literacy: Making Math Real

Instructional Improvement

Name: Carol Bell
Department: Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Title: Understanding proof and justification in Geometry


2016

Curriculum Development

Name:  Amy Barnsley
Department:  Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Title: Online Beginning Algebra: Quality Matters for All Students

Instructional Improvement

Name: Terry Delpier
Department: School of Nursing
Title: Poverty Simulation: An Interprofessional Experience


2015

Curriculum Development

Name:  Amy Barnsley
Department:  Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Title: Online Intermediate Algebra: Because Quality Matters

Instructional Improvement

Name: Dwight Brady
Department: Department of Communication and Performance Studies
Title: Using video to enhance the instruction of media production hardware and software


2014

Curriculum Development

Name:  Christie Edge
Department:  School of Education, Leadership, and Public Service
Title: Paving The New Pathway: Creating a Clinical Partnership for the Preparation of Secondary Education Teachers

Instructional Improvement

Name: Alec Lindsay
Department: Department of Biology
Title: Comparing Learning Outcomes of a “Blended-Learning” Teaching Strategy with an Online-Enhanced “Standard Lecture” Teaching Strategy


2013

Curriculum Development

Name:  Joanie Cowell
Department:  School of Education, Leadership, and Public Service
Title: A revision of the Graduate Learning Disabilities Program: Turning a Chevy into a Cadillac.

Instructional Improvement

Name: Robert Goodrich
Department: Department of History
Title: Development of a Historical Role-Playing Game using the “Reacting to the Past” Model. The Last Years of the Republic, Germany 1930-1933


2012

Curriculum Development

-NO SUBMISSIONS-

Instructional Improvement

-NO SUBMISSIONS-


2011

Curriculum Development

Name:  Jaspal K. Singh
Department:  Department of English
Title: Gender and Sikh Religious Identity in Indian Literature

Instructional Improvement

Name: Carol S. Steinhaus
Department: College of Business
Title: Improving Ability to Teach Intercultural Communication in the College of Business


2010

Curriculum Development

Name: Joseph M. Lubig
Department:  School of Education, Leadership and Public Service
Title: Elementary Education Curriculum Map Proposal

Instructional Improvement

Name: Terry Delpier & Kristi Burdick
Department: School of Nursing
Title: Pediatric Simulation Computer Program: PALS SimBaby Scenarios

Name: Derek Anderson
Department: School of Education, Leadership and Public Service
Title: NVivo 8 Workshop

Name: Rebecca Ulland
Department: Department of Modern Languages and Literature
Title:  Women Writers of Argentina


2009

Curriculum Development

Name: Carol Bell
Department: Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences
Project Title: Redesign of the Master of Science in Mathematics Education Degree Program

Instructional Improvement

Name: Carol Bell
Department: Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences
Project Title: Understanding Algebraic Concepts in Middle School Mathematics

Name: David Buhl
Department: Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences
Project Title: Integrating Mathematics Software and Podcasting

Name: Claudia Orr
Department: College of Business
Project Title: Improving Communication Effectiveness in Managerial Communications with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator


2008

Curriculum Development

-NO SUBMISSIONS-

Instructional Improvement

Name: Susan Goodrich
Department: Department of Modern Languages and Literature
Project Title: “Women of Spain: Literary and Historical Figures:” Site Investigation


2007

Curriculum Development

Name: Joseph Lubig
Department: School of Education, Leadership, and Public Service
Project Title: A Collaborative Reading Curriculum: Bridging the Gap between Teaching Certification Requirements and the High School Reading Curriculum

Name: Jaspal Singh
Department: Department of English
Project Title: Fundamentalism and Secularism is Contemporary Indian Literature

Name: Sandra Poindexter
Department: College of Business
Project Title: Study, Evaluate, and Model Alternative Ways to Teach information Technology

Instructional Improvement

Name: John Smolens
Department: Department of English
Project Title: Exploratory Trip for a CLEA to Italy

Name: Carol Sotiropoulos
Department of Modern Languages and Literature
Project Title: Incorporating Austrian Studies into GR 310, German Culture and Civilization

Name: Mare Jane Tremethick & Eileen Smit
Department: School of Health and Human Performance
Project Title: Spanish Immersion Program

Name: Cate Terwilliger
Department: Department of English
Project Title: First Amendment


2006

Curriculum Development

-NO SUBMISSIONS-

Instructional Improvement

Name: Charles Ganzert and Dwight Brady
Department: Department of Communication and Media Studies
Project Title: Advanced Training In Audio & Video Production Software

Name: Terry Delpier & Lisa Flood
Department: School of Nursing
Project Title: Nursing Simulation: Emergency Equipment
 


2005

Curriculum Development

Name: Joseph Lubig & Kenneth King
Department: School of Education, Leadership, and Public Service
Project Title: Elementary Education Curriculum Map

Instructional Improvement

-NO SUBMISSIONS-


2004

Curriculum Development

Name: Roxin Zhang
Department: Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences
Project Title: Redesign of the Prediction Equations in NMU Math Placement Recommendation System

Instructional Improvement

Name: Mary Jane Tremethick
Department: School of Health and Human Performance
Project Title: Exploring Health Care in China