CETL— For Faculty

Student Course Development Projects (SCDP)

SCDP is a grant program through which CETL provides funding to faculty members for the purpose of hiring an undergraduate to assist in the development of new course content. For instance, a faculty member might employ a student to build collections of homework problems or in-class examples, design and test lab activities, or develop online learning materials. The student is expected to work on the project during the summer preceding the academic year in which the faculty member hopes to use the student’s work. We pay for six weeks of on-campus housing for the student during that summer, wages for the student’s work on the project at the rate of $12.00 per hour, and can cover some of the cost of materials. While on campus during the summer, students enrolled in the program also participate in a discussion group on teaching and learning lead by CETL staff.

To apply for funding under the program, a faculty member should send a short (no more than 750 word) proposal to Stuart Jordan. The proposal should name the student who will work on the project, describe the nature of the work the student will do and describe how the faculty member intends to use the product of the student’s work. In addition, the proposal should include a budget that specifies the number of student work hours to be covered and any funds required for materials. The application deadline for funding for the Summer of 2015 is February 28, 2015, and we will announce funding decisions by March 31, 2015.

In selecting proposals, we seek to fund projects that require the student to understand the faculty sponsor's instructional goals, and to think critically about how those goals can best be met. Thus, successful proposals will give the student some responsibility to design materials and activities—not just to prepare materials and activities already fully designed by the faculty member. Further, successful proposals will offer the student the opportunity to have a real impact on a course taught by the faculty member.

More specifically, the faculty member should intend to use the product of the student's work, should it turn out satisfactorily, in a course during the academic year immediately following the summer during which the student produces that work. In connection with this goal, we strongly prefer, although do not require, that the faculty member include in the proposal a plan for the assessment, when deployed, of the activity or materials produced by the student.

CETL staff are happy to assist faculty in designing projects, preparing proposals and identifying students to work on a project. If you have any questions about the program or would like assistance in preparing a proposal, please contact Stu Jordan or Jenny Hadingham.