Teaching Learning Advisory Council (TLAC) | Conference Grant Program


In many disciplines, professional development resources such as faculty conferences, webinars, or workshops are often prioritized toward discipline-specific conferences (e.g. history or biology), rather than toward general educational training that may lead to the enhancement of teaching. This grant program is designed to assist interested faculty in participating in activities that emphasize improvement in teaching. Due to travel restrictions for the 2020-2021 academic year, this grant has been modified to allow professional development beyond conferences and workshops. See ideas for conference grant without travel here. 

Program Goal

To increase faculty access to conferences and workshops that focus on the scholarship of teaching.


  1. There will be up to five (5) grants awarded this semester. Each grant award will be between $750 and $1,000. Due to travel restrictions during the 2020-2021 academic year, this grant has been modified to allow up to $500 of an award to be used as a stipend to improve instructional practices. 

  2. Applicants will submit proposals by November 1, 2020. 

  3. Awarded funds may be allocated for conferences up to one year following the award date and back to the beginning of the semester in which the award was granted. In this case from August 2020 to December 2021.

  4. Recipients shall provide a brief written report to TLAC on the activities supported by the grant upon completion of the conference and may be asked to participate in teaching engagements on campus to share what they have learned. Winning grant proposals will be posted on the TLAC website.

  5. Previous winners of the Conference Grant Program are eligible to reapply two (2) full years after receiving a grant as long as a conference report from their last grant is on file or is submitted with the current proposal.

Selection Criteria

Awards will be made by the TLAC based on eligibility and criteria listed below. See the scoring rubric posted on the TLAC website. 

  • All AAUP teaching faculty with active status are eligible to apply. Funds will only be dispersed if the applicant chosen is actively employed at the time of the conference.

  • Demonstrated interest in teaching and pedagogical issues, including the scholarship of teaching.

  • Consideration will be given to faculty members who will share conference information with the university community about what constitutes excellence in teaching and learning.

  • Consideration will be given to faculty presenting at the conference.

Proposals must be submitted as a single PDF file and include a table of contents with the organization of materials in the following order:

  • An essay describing your request: why you would like to attend this particular conference and how this conference can improve your teaching. The essay should clearly denote the activity/conference/workshop including dates and location (or indication of online presentation), the focus of the activity/conference/workshop, and an estimated budget.

  • Also include whether you plan to present and if your presentation has been accepted by the conference. Proposals from previous grant recipients can be reviewed at https://www.nmu.edu/tlac/grants-and-awards

  • Your abbreviated curriculum vita (please limit to 2 pages).

  • If you have received a conference grant in the past, including a report of previous activities.

  • Please submit proposal materials to TLAC@nmu.edu by the deadline listed above.