Sawtelle Teaching Innovation Grants

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.

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. Tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure-track faculty are encouraged to apply. Projects are judged on their innovation, either technological or pedagogical and potential for impacting student learning.

The 2019 Application is Now Open! 

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, March 22, 2019

Proposals should be no more than 1,500 words and should include a budget, proposed course syllabus, and should outline the following:

  • Explanation of the innovation or improvement (if a best practice or pilot how it has been effective elsewhere)
  • Impact on student success
  • Anticipated impact beyond student success
  • Plan to evaluate success
  • Plan to disseminate results


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.