Faculty Development Summer Grant

The Center for Instructional Innovation & Assessment presents the availability of a limited number of summer grants for Western faculty who wish to use strategic uses of the web to enhance their existing courses. Six awards of $4,000 are available for work to be done during Summer Quarter, 2015.

A recent U.S. Department of Education meta-analysis found that courses which blend online tutorials and support with traditional face-to-face instruction yield higher student achievement than stand alone face-to-face courses.

This program will acquaint faculty with models, open-source resources and ideas for web-based course enhancements and provide assistance and support for making the enhancements. Faculty must be available to attend a 5-day on-campus workshop in mid-June, and will then work independently to implement their improvements, supported by CIIA and ATUS staff.

Especially encouraged are enhancements to gateway courses that might be made available department-wide. Departmental teams may apply to create such enhancements. For instance, faculty teams might create online tutorials for concepts or skills for content students typically struggle with in a gateway course, making the tutorial available to all instructors.

Priority will be given to proposals that focus on large (75 students or more) courses and/or gateway courses with high failure rates or difficult material.


Application deadline is March 20, 2015 at 5 p.m..

In order to participate in this faculty development opportunity, faculty must be available to attend all five days of on-campus faculty development sessions during the week of June 16-20, 2015 and must have access to the internet in order to complete the rest of the course development activities during the summer of 2015.

Applications will be reviewed by the CIIA Faculty Advisory Board and awardees will be notified via email by the end of April.


The application requires responses to several prompts, an attached syllabus, and electronic signature by the applicant’s department chair. An e-sign form will be available here when the call for applications is announced in January 2016.


  • Faculty must be available to attend 5-day on-campus workshop.
  • Faculty can teach up to 5 summer credits and still participate.
  • Faculty cannot also be receiving a summer teaching or development grant.
  • Faculty may receive this award and a summer research grant, if not teaching.
  • Priority would go to people without a summer grant in a tie breaker.
  • Former recipients may re-apply every third cycle (e.g., 2012 participants can re-apply in 2015).


Justina Brown, CIIA
Email: Justina.Brown@wwu.edu
Haggard Hall 154G