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Washington State University Office of the Provost

Faculty Funding Opportunities

The Office of the Provost is pleased to offer several grant-funding opportunities for faculty, specifically related to teaching development, student success, and reducing classroom material costs.

Affordable Learning Grants

Information about the 2018 Affordable Learning Grants will be posted in the near future. Read about the work of the 2017 Affordable Learning Grant recipients, and other opportunities to reduce classroom material costs for students.

Application deadline: March 1, 2018

Apply for an Affordable Learning Grant


LIFT Fellowships

The LIFT Fellows program is a part of the Transformative Change Initiative, funded by a 2016 student success grant. LIFT (Learn. Inspire. Foster. Transform) offers faculty programming to help improve the student educational experience at WSU. The program promotes teaching methods and modules shown to improve students’ engagement, connection, and learning to decrease course withdrawal and fail rates, and to increase retention.

Find out more about the LIFT Faculty Fellowship, and apply before February 9, 2018.

Members of the inaugural LIFT Faculty Fellowship will host a panel discussion about the program on Jan. 23 at 3:30 p.m. in CUE 518, and via AMS. Register for this session to learn more about LIFT and find out how you can get involved.

Application Deadline: February 9, 2018

Apply for the LIFT Faculty Fellowship


Oaks Academic Technology Award for Faculty

The Oaks Award recognizes a faculty member’s innovative application of an existing technology to transform teaching and learning in their classroom (face-to-face, online, videoconferencing). Academic Outreach & Innovation (AOI) established the Oaks Award in 2017 in honor of the visionary leadership of Dr. Muriel Oaks, WSU Dean Emeritus. Connie Remsberg, clinical assistant professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at WSU Spokane, was selected the winner of the 2017 Oaks Award.

Faculty on any WSU campus wishing to be considered for the Oaks Award are invited to submit an application. You may nominate others or encourage deserving colleagues to apply. Nominations will be accepted until February 1, 2018 and the winner will be notified by April 1. The award winner will receive $3,000 in faculty development funds, distributed to the award winner’s academic department.

To learn more about the award, including the evaluation metric, and to apply, please visit the Oaks award application webpage.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2018

Apply for the Oaks Academic Technology Award


Smith Teaching and Learning Grants

The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education offers the Smith Teaching and Learning Grant to recognize and reward innovative ideas to enhance learning and teaching at WSU.

Find out more about the Smith Teaching and Learning Grants, and apply.

Application deadline: TBD

Applications for Smith Teaching and Learning Grants will be posted soon.


Teaching Fellows

Teaching Fellows are the experimenters, early adopters, realists and evangelists that help to create a transformative student experience at Washington State University. Teaching Fellows are faculty members (tenure track or clinical) acknowledged as leading teaching scholars competitively appointed to the fellowship.  All individuals selected to hold the position retain the title of University Distinguished Teaching Fellow throughout their careers.

Teaching Fellows represent the institution’s commitment to excellence and provide leadership to the university community in the scholarship of teaching and learning. The purpose is to advance the achievement of Strategic Plan Theme 2 Goals for the Transformative Student Experience as measured by the quantitative metrics specified in the Plan.

The Teaching Fellow’s time and resources will be spent in the advancement of evidence-based teaching practices that foster student success and engagement of their peers in application of successful practices, particularly but not exclusively at the undergraduate level.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

Apply for the Teaching Fellows


For questions about faculty grant opportunities at WSU, email to todd.mordhorst@wsu.edu.

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