Curriculum Development Faculty Grants

Two Curriculum Development Faculty Grants have been awarded to Missouri S&T faculty for 2017-2018 as part of a grant program funded by the Innovation Team. Formerly known as the Innovation in Education Grant, the program is administered through CERTI.
The program seeks to infuse one or more of the following skill sets into undergraduate student curriculum: creativity, entrepreneurial mindset, leadership, innovation or design thinking.
The funded proposals are:

  • “Development of a Self-Guided Arduino Module for Introduction to Engineering Design,” Jillian Schmidt, assistant teaching professor, mechanical engineering, $3,000.
  • “Design and Innovation in the Biological Sciences,” Julie Semon, assistant professor, biological sciences, $3,000. 

Results of this research will be shared with the campus at the Missouri S&T Teaching and Learning Technology Conference in March 2018. 

Full grant proposal information:

Curriculum Development Faculty Grant 2017-2018 in PDF

Curriculum Development Faculty Grant 2017-2018 in Word

All full-time tenured, tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty with appointments in the College of Engineering and Computing, or the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business may apply.

These grants provide support to further facilitate learning opportunities in the classroom that prepare students to enter the workforce as technically savvy, innovative, flexible and real-world-ready employees.

This award supports the planning, development, and execution of new sustainable curriculum/instruction with the purpose of infusing entrepreneurial mindset, innovation, creativity, design thinking and/or leadership practices directly into undergraduate student experiences.  Projects need to be assessed with clear objectives and outcomes relative to the course being developed or modified.

Team projects within disciplines or across disciplines are welcomed and encouraged.

There are no constraints on the type of activity proposed; only that is is experiential in nature, helps students gain skills in one or more of the five areas of focus, and is instituted in a course during the grant period, which is three to four semesters.

Individual awards will range from $1,000-$3,000 depending on the scope of the activity. Award sizes must directly align with proposed award description. 

Funds may be used for project-related travel expenses, as well as costs related to presenting and publishing results of educational curriculum projects; release time and/or summer development time; TA or GTA support; materials and supplies, etc.

During the award period, the proposed/developed activity for infusing hands-on entrepreneurial mindset, creativity, innovation, design thinking and/or leadership practices in the classroom or outside the traditional classroom must be executed.

A verbal mid-term update will be given to members of the CERTI Committee and Pathways to Innovation Team.

At the end of the award period, awardees will report lessons learned in a campus faculty forum, such as a CERTI-sponsored event or the Teaching and Learning Technology conference. 

Faculty are strongly encouraged to pilot activity before full execution.

An assessment of activity in terms of activity outcomes will be completed.

All projects must include assessment of the experiential activities and curriculum.

Collaboration among faculty is encouraged either on campus or with external colleagues.

Experiential activities and curriculum that include one or more of the following topics:

  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Innovation
  • Creativity and/or creative problem-solving (CPS)
  • Design thinking
  • Leadership

All projects must include assessment of the experiential activities and curriculum.

Submit a proposal of up to 8 pages to the CERTI office, 207 Norwood, or electronically to which includes:

  • Cover/general information (1-2 pages)
  • Proposal (max 4 pages) including 100-word abstract
  • References (max 1 page)
  • Budget and budget justification (max 1 page)

Proposals may be returned without review for failure to conform to proposal structure, poor grammar and spelling.

Go to the Curriculum Development Faculty Grant 2017-2018 in Word  for more information.

Please note: the next round of proposals can be submitted in the spring of 2019.

The proposals will be reviewed by members of the Pathways to Innovation Team and CERTI Committee. Go to the Curriculum Development Faculty Grant Evaluation Rubric for more information.

The final report is due to the CERTI office by Dec. 28, 2018, and will consist of the following:

  • Cover sheet
  • Summary
  • Purpose of project
  • Methodology
  • Results
  • Conclusion

Go to Curriculum Development Grant Final Report for more information.