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University of Hartford Faculty Are Awarded Davis Educational Foundation Grant to Support Engaged Learning

Posted 09/24/2018
Category: Accolades

Five University of Hartford faculty were recently awarded a three-year $192,780 Davis Educational Foundation Grant entitled Building Faculty Capacity to Deliver High Impact Practices, Develop Essential Learning Outcomes, and Share Results through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Jean McGivney-Burelle, James Shattuck, Donna Menhart, Beth Richards, and Lisa Zawilinski will lead this project which seeks to build upon and sustain the university’s strategic planning efforts to ensure that all University of Hartford undergraduates receive a high-quality academic experience marked by consistent exposure to nationally recognized, evidence-based teaching practices that support the development of 21st-century skills.

Beginning in January 2019, and continuing through December of 2021, 30 faculty members each year will have the opportunity to participate in one of three faculty learning communities (FLC) centered on an AAC&U high impact practice or one of our university’s Essential Learning Outcomes. These interdisciplinary faculty groups will help to elevate and formalize conversations about engaged teaching and learning and serve as a supportive network as participants implement course-based projects. Faculty who participate in each FLC will have the opportunity to develop a scholarship of teaching and learning project, to illuminate practical strategies for assessing the effectiveness of their pedagogical innovations and to disseminate these findings across the university and beyond.

Provost H. Frederick Sweitzer noted, “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning affords us an opportunity to engage in a public conversation about teaching and learning, to disseminate knowledge gained through systematic research, and to bring more congruence to our teaching and scholarly lives. As an institution that embraces the teacher-scholar model for faculty, we are especially pleased to have this grant. I hope it will continue to build a community of teachers whose work is informed by theory, the wisdom of practice, and research.”

Each Davis Fellow will be awarded $1000 for participating in an FLC and will also be eligible to apply for a limited number of $1000 travel grants for presenting their project results at a conference. Moreover, Fellows will be invited to share their work with department, school/college, and university colleagues at venues such as college meetings, CTEI Learn@Lunch workshops, and the annual Curriculum Festival.

All full-time faculty and regular part-time faculty involved in the teaching of HIPs and ELOs are invited to apply! (See request for applications included at the end of this message.)



2019 Davis Fellows Request for Proposals
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