RFP - CFE Development Grants for the Assessment of Student Learning/Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

CFE Development Grant-Request for Proposals

Open: Oct. 4, 2022 | Reviews Begin: Nov. 10, 2022
Award Notification:   Dec. 9, 2022
Grant Award Project Dates: January 1, 2023-May 12, 2024

The Center for Faculty Excellence invites proposals for grants to support newly-initiated or early stage assessment of student learning, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), and/or related faculty development projects. Review of proposals begins November 10, 2022 and notifications of award will be sent not later than December 9, 2022.  Grants of $500 - $2000 are awarded competitively to fund projects led by benefit-eligible faculty or professional staff members who teach or collaborative teams.

Grant Program Goal/Purpose:

  • To encourage and facilitate the development and creation of findings relevant to the assessment of student learning, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, or research relevant to teaching and learning. 
  • To provide seed money for a work in its early stages, developing a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project, and/or designing faculty development initiatives to achieve advancements in student learning.

Criteria for Selection:  Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Ability to lead to significant, positive changes in student learning;
  • Likelihood that the project will be successfully completed;
  • Likelihood that the project will advance the department?s or the unit?s pedagogy, curricular or assessment efforts; and
  • Sustainability of results beyond the funding period.


  • Provide a brief progress report of project, detailing products and actions resulting from the work.  The progress report is due on May 18, 2023 and final report due April 25, 2024.
  • Publicly share the product in an appropriate venue.  Unless another venue is identified, an on-campus research presentation/poster session, will be required and scheduled for spring 2024.

Proposal Grant Application Form Components:

SECTION 1: Proposal Title, Contact Information, Focus and Abstract

>       A project title.
>       Names and contact information for all project participants/investigators. Identify the principal investigator.
>       Identify focus of proposal:

  • Study of the impact of interdisciplinary, service-learning, experiential, digital, etc., teaching strategies on student learning.
  • Design faculty development initiatives to achieve advancements in student learning.
  • Studies of digital and face-to-face venues on (parity of) student learning outcomes.
  • Research support for the analysis of student learning outcome data (e.g., course-, program- or college/school-level assessment), particularly as it is used to modify teaching and learning activities.
  • Development of rubrics to assess student learning in or across a variety of teaching sites (i.e., classroom, clinic, service-learning site, on-line instruction).
  • Other proposal focus.

 >       A short (fewer than 200 words) project abstract suitable for public distribution.

SECTION 2:  The proposal body indicating:

>       A statement of purpose, describing how the project will help meet departmental, college/unit, or university
         goals, and how student learning will ultimately improve as a result of the project.
>       A project design describing what will be done.
>       A timeline for completion of the project.
>       The expected product(s) of the project.
>       A discussion of the sustainability of the project after the end of the funding period.

SECTION 3:  Budget information indicating:

>       Amount requested (between $500-$2000)
>       Detailed description, justification, and cost of each requested budgeted item.

  • ELIGIBLE budget items: Student research assistants, equipment, books, resources directly related to and focus on the grant work.
  • EXCLUDED:  Grants will NOT replace lost faculty salary/clinic revenue, nor will they fund faculty travel/conferences (presentation of results), general office supplies, and print materials. 

>       Inquiry on this grant proposal concurrently under review with another grant (in whole or in part) sponsor,
         please identify all areas of overlap between grant applications. 
>       Status of human subjects/vertebrate animals.
>       Status of IRB for project.
>       Signatures of responsibility 
>       Dean/Department Chair/Director approvals

Submit proposal:  Email proposal to Mary Emmer at maryemmer@creighton.edu.

View sample projects that were successfully funded in 2022-2023, 2021-2022.  If you have questions regarding a possible application, you are encouraged to contact Mary Emmer at maryemmer@creighton.edu or 402.280.4779 or Debbie Ford at DebraFord@creighton.edu or 402.280.2551.