Two $3,000 teaching grants are awarded annually to faculty who are developing or implementing innovative, creative, and effective approaches to undergraduate teaching, including new methodologies, best practices, information literacy, or impactful technologies. Proposals that support high-risk courses (high D/F/W) and/or core courses receive special consideration.

Sawtelle Grant Awards

Funding is provided through a generous contribution from Sawtelle Financial Management. The grant application opens in early spring semester and awards are announced in April.  Both tenure and non-tenure track faculty are encouraged to apply. Projects are judged on their innovation and potential for impact.

Past recipients:

Matthias Hofferberth, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Geography

Dr. Hofferberth will be working toward a transformation of the International Organizations in World Politics class by connecting it to the 2016 Alamo Model United Nations Conference. Students will study theoretical concepts in class and incrementally learn the rules of Model UN before participating in the UTSA student conference at the end of the semester.

Pranav Bhounsule, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Bhounsule’s project, Tackling High Failure Rate in Engineering Dynamics through a games-based pedagogy, hopes to increase the students’ engagement and subsequently their success in EGR 2513 Dynamics by creating conceptual games and introducing them as active learning in-class exercises.

Makiko Fukuda, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Fukuda’s project, Implementation of Reading while Listening (RWL) approach in the Japanese elementary language course, features a wide variety of reading materials accompanied by audio CDs so that students can read the books while listening to the audio.  The program has been used in other contexts for a long time, but is new to university-level language learning.

Vittorio Marone, Assistant Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching

Marone’s project Remix 4 Diversity!, transforms his IDS-3123 Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts class into a dynamic “remixing lab” that integrates individual and group projects, as well as in-class, outside-the-class, and online learning activities.