Faculty Development

Faculty Development

Faculty Instructional Development Grants Program

If your department would like to request an OFD representative attend a faculty meeting to provide more information about instructional development grants, please contact the OFD.

Instructional Development Project Grant Awardees 2013-2014

Kaliash Bafna- Implementation of Peer-Led Learning
Lori Brown- Integration of Mobile iPad Labs
Lin Foulk- Faculty Training in Classical Music Improvisation
James Kiddle - Development and Implementation of Problem-based Learning in the Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Brian Petersen - Expanding Experiential Learning Opportunities for Undergraduates by Creating a Field Based Course in Environmental Studies

Instructional Development Project Grant Awardees 2012-2013

Manuel Bautista- Revising Elementary Physics Lab
John Kapenga- Facilitation of the Traditional Lecture/Homework Inversion Model
Kathleen Langan- Demonstrating Student Learning Through Student Response System
Holly Nibert- Faculty Training in ACTFL's
Bilinda Straight- Experiential Learning Efforts Through Museum Studies
Elizabeth Terrel- Faculty Training in Teaching Improvisational Theatre
Katheryn Wagner- Fashioning Silhouettes/Creation of Hands-on Clothing
Carolyn Harris - Spanish Heritage Language Program


OFD Instructional Development Travel Grant Awardees as of January 2014

Timothy Palmer - Association to Advance College Schools of Business (AACSB) Sustainability Conference
Steve Wolfinbarger
- International Trombone Festival
Jane-Jane Lo - 25th Annual Meeting of the Society of Information Technology and Teacher Education
Cat Crotchett
- Encaustic and Wax Resist Workshop
Mary Ann Stark - American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Master's Education Conference and Evidenced Based Practice Pre-Conference
Jon Davis
- Annual Meeting of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education
Karen Lancendorfer - American Academy of Advertising Annual Conference
Laura Hastings - Global Pedagogy Symposium: Finding Out What Works in Global Education
Robert Peters
- Teaching Public Administration Conference
Janet Hahn - Annual Conference of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
Gayle Thompson - Lilly International 33rd Annual Conference
Autumn Edwards - National Communication Association Conference
Gretchen Mohney - Lilly International 33rd Annual Conference Christine Browning- Mathematics Education: Dutch Perspectives
Cat Crotchett- Encaustic & Silkscreening Workshop
Jon Davis- TI-Nspire Technology for Advanced Users
Lei Meng- Early Career Geography Workshop
Michael Nassaney- Seventeenth Annual War College of the Seven Year's War
Mary-Louise Totton- Communication, Empire & the City of Rome
Gail Rouscher- Abaris Training Resources
Ann Veeck- Learning Tools to Effectively Monitor Social Media
David Smith- Neurologic Music Therapy Training Institute
Mark St.Martin- Brief Therapy Conference
Shamika Hall- Brief Therapy Conference
Xiaojun Wang- American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages
Mustafa Mughazy- American Association for Teachers of Arabic
Stacey Wieland- Qualitative Data Analysis Conference
Ruth Zielinski- Elsevier Faculty Development Conference
Olivia Gabor-Peirce - Northeast Modern Language Association Conference
Robert Peters
- Teaching Public Administration Conference
Silvia Rossbach
- American Society for Microbiology Conference
Vivan Steemers
- African Literature Association Conference
Steve Wolfinbarger
- International Trombone Festival Workshop
James Butterfield
- APSA Teaching and Learning Conference
Lois Lemon - International Circle of Educational Institutes For Graphic Arts, Technology and Management
Suzan Ayers
- Lilly Conference on College and Univerty Teaching
Barbara Frazier
- Michigan Small Town and Rural Development Conference
Barcley Johnson
- Business Model Canvas Workshop
Larry Buzas
- ASTD International Conference
Lisa Paulius
- APS Professional Skills Development Workshop
Brian Fuller
- Association for the Coordination of Counseling Center Clinical Services
Arezoo Rojhani
- Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Laurel Ofstein -
Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference
Sharon Garber -
CORPS de Ballet International Conference
David Curwen -
CORPS de Ballet International Conference
Luchara Wallace -
Annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Academy
Jorge Rodriguez -
ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
Megan Grunert -
Gordon Research Conference
Robert Harrison -
Center for Research in Transitional Societies Seminar on Consumption, Markets, and Culture
Lori Brown -
The World Aviation Training Conference
John Geiser
- CREATE training at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Keith Hearit - Conference on Excellence In Gateway Course Completion


Purpose of Program

Grants for instructional development will be awarded by the Office of Faculty Development, to support efforts of Board appointed, bargaining unit faculty at WMU to improve student learning through instructional and curricular redesign and innovation. Funding is provided for in Article 40.4 of the Western/WMU-AAUP agreement and responsibility for this program is designated in the same article.  That section reads:

40.§4 INSTRUCTIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS. Western agrees to provide a minimum of eighty thousand dollars ($80,000) each year of this Agreement to be used to support teaching and learning proposals from bargaining unit members. Proposals are encouraged as well from groups of faculty, from departments, and from inter-department consortia of faculty. Topics of proposals may include, but not be limited to: program development, continuing self-education, and international education. Proposals will be reviewed through a process developed by the Office of Faculty Development and approved by the Office of the Provost.

There are two categories of grant funding:  Instructional Development Travel Grants and Instructional Development Project Grants.  Funds allocated for each category are preliminary and will be adjusted as needed to accommodate the kinds of applications submitted.

Instructional Development Travel (IDT) Grants support attendance at teaching and learning, assessment, and diversity focused conferences, workshops, and meetings.  Maximum award level is $1,200.00 or the cost of the trip, whichever is lower, with up to approximately $30,000 awarded annually.  Preference will be given to faculty who have not received an IDT grant in the prior three-year period. 

Instructional Development (IDP) Project Grants support instructional and curricular development projects at WMU.  The maximum level of award is $5,000 each, with up to approximately $50,000 awarded annually. Funding preference will be for projects involving units that have not had projects funded through IDP grants in the prior three-year period.  Group, department, and interdisciplinary projects will be given priority.    

IDP Grants may be used to fund:

  • Experts to visit campus and work with a department or team of instructors on specific instructional improvement approaches and/or address specific student learning outcomes
  • Site visits to other schools or locations to examine specific instructional improvement approaches or address specific student learning outcomes
  • Group attendance at workshops or training programs directly related to the funded project or webinar registration
  • Student wages or support for instructional improvement projects
  • Materials to study or support specific instructional improvement approaches (e.g., software, books, other media, props)

IDP Grants will NOT fund:

  • Faculty summer salary, academic year release time, or any compensation for instructors
  • Computer equipment
  • Individual travel to conferences (IDT funds may be sought for this purpose)

Examples of Conferences and Events Available for Application for Travel Grant Funds

All of the events listed here should be appropriate. This website has a comprehensive list of conferences and events related to teaching and learning pedagogy across the United States and globally.


Application Process - Open for Details

Applicants for the Instructional Development Travel Grant must provide:

  • Details (including copies of brochures or links to web-based information) regarding the conference/workshop/meeting for which they are applying for travel support, and how they intend to use the knowledge they gain. 
  • Complete cost breakdown for travel, including other funds being used
  • Signed support form (available on ID Grant website) from direct supervisor:  department chair, school director, or college dean as appropriate

Applicants would travel under their department’s authorization, submit reimbursement to their department, and the OFD will reimburse the department for those travel costs.

Multiple applications from the same program unit for IDT Grants may be submitted each year, but priority will be given to supporting travel grant applications from as wide a range of disciplinary programs as possible.

Application deadlines for IDT Grants:  September 15th, January 15th, and March 15th each year for funding of upcoming travel.  Applicants previously denied travel support on the merits of the application may not re-apply for the same trip at a later time. 

Applicants for the Instructional Development Project Grant must provide:

  • Application form
  • Proposal (4 pages maximum)
  • Complete cost breakdown for project, including other funds being used (included in application section)
  • Signed support form from direct supervisor:  department chair, school director, or college dean as appropriate (available on the ID Grant website).

No more than one IDP Grant proposal per academic program will be reviewed for possible funding each year.

Application deadlines for the IDP Grants: September 15th for funding during the current fiscal year, and March 15th each year for funding during the next fiscal year. 

Single-year proposals are preferred although multi-year proposals will be considered if a strong rationale is provided in the application (e.g., collection of student outcomes from multiple semesters). Each application must contain three identified sections as noted below.

  1. Objectives: Purpose (title) and objectives for the project are key elements and should be stated clearly. Examples of projects include:
    • Development, implementation, and assessment of innovative student learning experiences
    • Adaption and implementation, and assessment of discipline-related and advocated best practices
    • Alignment and integration of multiple courses around single themes or coordinated learning outcomes
    • Objectives flow from purpose and are the specific aims for the project. What is the purpose of the project, what do you intend to do, what literature supports the proposed innovations, and why is the project important?
  2. Dissemination: Applicants should state the uses and diffusion of information acquired throughout the course of the grant. For example, how could results be used beyond the specific project? How, when, and by whom will the information be disseminated?
  3. Budget: Refer to the Proposal Budget Template (available on the website). All proposals will be reviewed to determine the suitability of budgeted items in terms of stated project activities and fidelity with University policies and regulations.

Timetable: Grants should be completed by the end of the fiscal year they are funded. All funds in Instructional Development Grant accounts will be swept 40 days after the allotted time period and may not be reclaimed.

Grant Reviewing Criteria: A subcommittee of the Office of Faculty Development Advisory Board will review proposals and recommend projects for funding to the Advisory Board. Applicants will receive reviewer comments in summary form upon request. The subcommittee will use the following criteria to recommend proposals for funding:

  • The resourcefulness of the project in its alignment with the unit, college, or division goals. The project’s intent to facilitate change with regard to improvement of student learning and/or program quality. (40%)
  • Demonstration of intended student learning outcomes. (30%)
  • Budget of expenses congruent with the project goals. (15%)
  • Timeline of activity congruent with project goals. (15%)

Required Final Report: A brief report, two to four pages only, should be sent to the Office of Faculty Development no later than thirty (30) calendar days after the completion date of the project. The report will be made public through the OFD website to inform the university community of the outcomes of the IDP grants.  The required sections for the final report are as follows:

  1. Description of accomplishments: (as related to the original proposal): success in accomplishing the purpose of the grant, or what happened that was different and why. This description must address the degree of attainment of objectives; results of or achievement of stated purpose; and the effectiveness of design or plan.
  2. Specific outcomes: uses for grant information outcomes, or how the processes involved with the grant affected your department or unit, such as enactment of new pedagogical approaches or submission of curricular revisions.
  3. Summary: Your judgment about the instructional impact from the grant.

Application Submission as well as contact information for the application process, ideas, or questions:

Office of Faculty Development
Room 2029 University Computing Center
Mail Stop 5268

or submit by e-mail to faculty-development@wmich.edu

Key Information:

Application deadlines for the Project Grants:

September 15th for funding during the current fiscal year

March 15th for funding during the next fiscal year


Application deadlines for Travel Grants:

Fall 2013
September 15th

Spring 2014
January 15th

Summer 2014
March 15th




Instructional Development Grant Application .docx

Instructional Development Travel Application 2013-2014.docx


Instructional Development Program Guidelines .docx

Reimbursement Policies:

Project Grant

Travel Grant


Office of Faculty Development
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5268 USA
(269) 387-0732