The Center for Teaching Excellence offers three different types of teaching grants.
These grants cannot be used for program development. The design of new classes is also excluded unless the focus of the new class is on the introduction of a new pedagogy and the class replaces a similar existing LMU class - otherwise, these grants are given only for already existing classes. Projects that involve the implementation of a new technology are excluded unless the main purpose of the project is the pedagogical innovation. All three types of grants have to be associated with well-defined and clear student learning outcomes.
All three grants are awarded on a competitive basis and are subject to available funding.
The three grants serve different purposes - applicants should make sure they target their application to the specific grant they are applying for. Applications will be considered only for the grant they are submitted for. For details, follow the below links to the grant descriptions.
R. Patricia Walsh SoTL Grants
A Walsh SoTL Grant is given to assist faculty members in implementing pedagogical innovations in their classes based on the relevant scholarly literature and in documenting the results of these innovations for dissemination. What distinguishes this grant from the other two is that it requires a carefully structured and relevant assessment plan of the teaching innovation and a clear and appropriate plan for dissemination to the scholarly community at large (usually in form of a publication in an appropriate peer-reviewed SoTL or disciplinary journal). A project under this grant needs to investigate a teaching innovation that is relevant to the larger scholarly community and is designed such that it will lead to publishable results. This grant is different from a typical pedagogy grant (not offered by the CTE) in that the question to be investigated has to be rooted in the scholar's own teaching. Read more.
Scholarly Teaching Grants
A Scholarly Teaching Grant is given to assist faculty members in implementing pedagogical innovations in their classes based on the relevant scholarly literature. A careful review of the relevant scholarly literature is required and the pedagogical innovation has to be guided by those findings. A thorough assessment of the teaching innovation and sharing the results at LMU is also required, but it does not have to yield a scholarly publication. Read more.
Teaching Innovation Grants
More than for the other two grants, the focus of a Teaching Innovation Grant is on the significant change to the pedagogical approach in a class. The teaching innovation should be informed by the scholarly literature and other teachers' experiences and be appropriate for the class considered. Read more.
See the table below for a direct comparison of the three grants.
|Walsh SoTL Grants||Scholarly Teaching Grant||Teaching Innovation Grant|
|Maximal Grant Amount
Joint (split equally)
|Typical Number/Total||≥ 1||≥ 1||≤ $3,200 (fall)
≤ $3,200 (spring)
|Installments||$3,500 + $1,500 (indiv.)
$5,600 + $2,400 (joint)
|$1,400 + $600 (indiv.)
$2,240 + $960 (joint)
|$700 + $300 (indiv.)
$1,120 + $480 (joint)
|Application Deadline(s)||Early Spring Semester||Early Spring Semester||Mid Fall Semester
Mid Spring Semester
|Implementation||Summer + Year after Award||Summer + Year after Award||Semester after Award|
|Pedagogical Innovation||Relevant, Well Defined, Appropriate, Implementable, Timely, Research Based and Focused||Relevant, Well Defined, Appropriate, Implementable, Timely, Research Based||Significant, Well Defined, Appropriate, Implementable, Timely|
|Interest and Applicability||Relevant beyond Instructor, Class, Department, LMU||Relevant to Instructor, Class, Department, LMU||Relevant to Instructor, Class, Department, LMU|
|Literature Review||Thorough, Systematic, Scholarly||Thorough, Systematic, Scholarly||Scholarly|
|Methodology||Carefully Designed, Appropriate||Well Designed, Appropriate||Developed, Appropriate|
|Assessment Plan||Detailed, Clear, Appropriate||Detailed, Clear, Appropriate||Clear, Appropriate|
|Dissemination||CTE Presentation or similar
Publication in Peer-Reviewed Outlet
Final Report + Material
|CTE Presentation or similar
Final Report + Material
|CTE Presentation or similar encouraged
Final Report incl. Material
|Completion Deadline||December in Year after Award||September in Year after Award||Early 2nd Semester after Award|