For the 2018-2019 academic year, the Upstate Institute will provide support for two types of course development grants: up to two courses proposed and taught by a single instructor and one course team-taught by a team of two instructors. These grants include a faculty stipend as well as support for course-related expenses to develop a new or revised course that engages students in community-based research.
The proposed course may be new or a substantial redesign of a course the applicant has already taught. By accepting the grant, the applicant(s) is expected to teach the proposed course two times in the four subsequent academic years. The applicant(s) will also be expected to share the results of their course development work with others through various media, and should be prepared to work with the Upstate Institute on a plan for course assessment.
Faculty awarded a grant to support a course taught by a single instructor will be awarded a one-time stipend of $4000 to support development of the community-based research component of the course. Faculty applying for the team-teaching opportunity will each be awarded a one-time stipend of $1000 for their work to develop the course and will each receive one full load credit for their full participation in teaching, attending, grading, and participating co-curricularly in the course. Team-taught courses will be supported with a full load credit for each participating faculty member for the first two iterations only; instructors may reapply for full credit support after the course has been taught twice. Otherwise, further iterations of the course may be taught for 1⁄2 credit per instructor.
In addition, successful applicant(s) may request additional funds of up to $4,000 from the Upstate Institute each of the first two times that the course is taught; these funds are meant to support expenses related to the course such as local travel, supplies, equipment, or guest lecturers.