Spring 2018 Large-Scale Teaching & Learning Grant Awardees

Assessment to Document Student Learning in Frontiers of Science
Columbia College

​Ivana Nikolic Hughes, Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Chemistry

Building and Sustaining Inclusive Pedagogies in First-Year Writing and First-Year Seminar at Barnard College Barnard College

Pam Cobrin, Co-Director of First-Year Seminar

Laurie Postlewate, Co-Director of First-Year Seminar

Wendy Schor-Haim, Director of First-Year Writing

Cecelia Lie-Spahn, Associate Director of First-Year Writing

Division of Periodontics: Online Faculty Calibration Tool
College of Dental Medicine

​Dana Wolf, Associate Professor of Dental Medicine (Periodontics) at the Columbia University Medical Center, College of Dental Medicine, Columbia University Irving Medical Center 

sTEAM Fellowship Program: A Team-based, Experiential Learning Research Program for Underrepresented Students
Columbia College, General Studies

Dustin Rubenstein, Associate Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology

Darcy Kelley, Harold Weintraub Professor of Biological Sciences

Transforming Public Health Education at Mailman through Digital Learning
Mailman School of Public Health

​Julie Kornfeld, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Medical Center; Vice Dean for Education, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Request for Proposals: Large-Scale Teaching & Learning Grants

For curricular, pedagogical support, evaluation of teaching processes/protocols.

The Large-Scale Teaching & Learning grants offer in-kind or financial support of up to $20,000 per academic year to support large-scale, coordinated efforts around teaching initiatives and exploration. The types of projects that could be supported through this grant are large-scale initiatives such as:

  • Curriculum review (course requirements for majors and/or program curricula), including assessment practices, capstone courses, mapping courses and student pathways, and creating departmental learning outcomes;
  • Integrating experiential learning (study abroad, internships, community engagement, research with a faculty member, etc.) and assessments of experiential learning at the course and program levels;
  • Consideration of departmental teaching evaluation and review practices, such as implementation or revision of peer review processes, best practices in using student evaluation data (for administrators and faculty), teaching observation training for departmental reviewers, development of teaching portfolios, and ensuring equitable and inclusive  processes for the review of teaching;
  • Development of pedagogical facilitation skills, such as facilitating active learning and student engagement with material, peers, and instructors; inclusive teaching practices at the departmental and individual course levels; contemplative practices in teaching and learning; student reflective practices to build student metacognition for learning; and promoting and assessing learning in discussion-based courses;
  • Planning and curricular alignment of digital projects (such as capstones, digital humanities research, and maker space assignments) in majors or Core courses with learning design and assessment.

In addition to CTL in-kind support, a budget may be proposed for teaching development activities at the departmental, school, or program level, such as attending conferences, buying books for faculty discussions, or bringing in speakers. Requests should delineate how the project will enhance departmental teaching and/or student learning and have a clearly laid-out budget.

Please note that the fund is not intended for stipends for participating faculty or for other individuals who provide support services for the project. The grant will not be awarded if the proposal focuses primarily on the research, writing, and artistic activities of faculty members, nor can it be used for student labor.



Requests should be submitted by or on behalf of the department chair, dean, or program coordinator. Departments, schools, or programs are limited to one grant per academic year. Departments, schools, or programs should indicate cost sharing where appropriate as well as the long-range commitment to continue the project past the life of the grant.


Proposal Requirements

Criteria for selection

We will expect proposals to address the following questions:

  • Does the project clearly define the partnership with CTL and delineate support and resource expectations?
  • Does the project have the potential for making a significant, lasting impact within a department/school/program beyond the funding period? Is the project sustainable?
  • Does the project have the potential to prompt innovations in other departments/schools/programs?
  • Is the rationale for the project sufficiently strong and compelling? Does it indicate a link with existing theories of and methods in teaching and learning?

Application Checklist

  1. Cover Sheet – Name and role of initiative leader (chairs, dean, directors)
  2. Description of project or initiative
  3. Description of anticipated supporting activities (book discussion, conference, working group, training session, outside speakers, etc.) or materials in need of funding
  4. Description of CTL support needed
  5. Goals of activity and expected outcomes
  6. Names and expected number of faculty participants



Awardees will be expected to 1) submit a brief report of work done at the end the teaching semester(s) to the CTL Executive Director and 2) share the lessons they learn with the broader Columbia community, including but not limited to: submitting an article for publication, presenting at a disciplinary or pedagogical conference or at a CTL event, contributing to the Center’s newsletter or web resources, etc. Please note: faculty who wish to make student data public as part of this dissemination may need to obtain IRB approval.


Submission Procedure

Faculty submitting a proposal must complete the proposal application form here.  Final proposals must be submitted by the Dean’s office of your school (one PDF file for each proposal) via email to ColumbiaCTL+dept@columbia.edu with the subject line of “RFP Department Grant 2018: [Last Name of Applicant].” An email confirmation that the proposal submission has been received will be sent within 24 hours.



The deadline is Monday, April 30, 2018 at 5:00 P.M.  Future RFPs will cover courses to be offered in 2018 and beyond. We look forward to continuing to support Columbia faculty as they develop new and exciting enhancements of teaching and learning at the University.


Review Process

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of faculty representing a range of disciplines and schools who will provide a recommended set of awards to the Provost.



Selections will be made by Friday, May 31, 2018. Applicants will be notified of the award amount and will be contacted by a CTL Faculty Programs and Services associate director who will serve as their primary contact for the program. The associate director, together with a team of staff with appropriate expertise for the specific project, will provide support for the completion of the proposed project.


Information Sessions

The CTL will hold a town hall on Thursday, February 1, 2:30pm in Butler 212 to offer interested faculty members more information about the RFPs and the application process, and will hold a series of RFP-focused office hours on Fridays in April from 2-4pm. You can learn more about previous successful projects and interact with awardees at the Celebration of Teaching & Learning Symposium to be held on Thursday, February 22 in Low Library. Learn more about the Symposium at: https://events.columbia.edu/go/2018cotl.