In an effort to encourage teaching development and innovation in teaching at StFX, the Faculty Development Committee is offering Scholarly Teaching Grants in the spring of the academic year.
There are two main stipulations for grant recipients: (1) Grant recipients must share their discoveries/findings/process with colleagues at a future Faculty Development Committee Workshop or Brown Bag Lunch. (2) Grant recipients must provide a final report to the Faculty Development Committee outlining how the funds were used.
Possible uses for the grant include: obtaining readings for custom designed courses, development of classroom learning activities, development of web/powerpoint materials, and development of course projects and evaluations.
The applications are evaluated by two members of the FDC and one other person. In the recent past the third person has been the Dean of Arts. The intention of the award is to support the development of techniques, approaches and ideas related to teaching within the classroom setting. The exact value of the awards are not set or necessarily consistent from year to year, but recipients can expect somewhere in the range of $500 to $1000 dollars.
You can find the most recent application form for 2016 here. A call for applications will go out in the second term of each year.
Previous recipients of the Scholarly Teaching Grants include:
- Brad Long: Faculty of Business Administration
- David Young: Faculty of Education
- Michael Newton: Celtic Studies
Dr. Newton used his funds to hire a student to help create class materials for Celtic Civilization. These materials enable students in the course to engage in current controversies using real data and arguments which are mulitdisciplinary in nature (History, Archaeology, Art History, Literature, Linguistics) and not have conclusive answers. Students are divided into teams and assigend specific portfolios which reflect one perspective of the argument. They present the various sides of the argument in a class debate.
- David Morgan: Chemistry
Dr. Morgan applied to the FDC for support in updating and improving the intellecutal level of the labratory component of his advanced Biochemistry course, the subject matter of which is metabolism. In the years since his arrival at StFX he began to implement lab exercises based on the purification and characterization of proteins from brwer's yeast, the raw material being supplied by the class's brewing of a batch of beer at the beginning of the term. This has proven to be quite popular. Over the past several year's they have improved their methods. A long-term goal is the publication of a book of laboratory exercises in metabolism devoted entirely to samples of yeast derived from homebrew. In the short-term he is working on the publication of a couple of articles for the chemical educational literature.
- Jane Moseley: School of Nursing
This project supports the parallel journeys of the Committee for Aboriginal and Black Student Success (CABSS) and her personal teaching-learning practice within the School of Nursing. The School of Nursing and CABSS cantinue to learn about the unique experiences and challenges of Aboriginal learners. A component of their work is to intgrate core competencies for cultural safety (Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada, 2009) into the nursing cirriculum. Her philosophy and practice in adult education is based on transformational learning in which critical reflection by the learner - both herself and the student - is central to the process (Merriam, 2001), as is developing self-knowledge (Brookfield, 1991; 1995). The ultimate goal of her practice is to "promote emancipatory learning, socail action ... and political action" (Merrian, 2011, pg 9). Keeping a diary/journal and critically reflecting on her notes has assisted her to transform her teaching-learning practice to include Indigenous knowledge, ways of knowing, and pedagogy.
- Mark Fuller: Business Administration
- Alan J. Anderson: Earth Sciences
- Doris Gillis: Human Nutrition
- Riley Olstead: Sociology
- Donna Trembinski: History