OFE Newsletter: November 15, 2021

In this issue:

  • Save the Date: 2022 Teaching and Learning Symposium
  • Campus Writing and Speaking Program Spring 2022 Faculty Seminar: Teaching with Writing
  • Upcoming Award and Fellowship Deadlines
  • Open Textbook Grant: Call for Proposals and Informational Event
  • Writing Wednesdays: Virtual Faculty Writing Retreats (Dec. 1)
  • Upcoming Events for Faculty


Save the Date: 2022 Teaching and Learning Symposium

Mark you calendars for NC State’s annual Teaching and Learning Symposium, which will be held on Friday, February 25, 2022! The Symposium will once again be held virtually via Zoom. More information, including the Call for Proposals, will be available soon via this Newsletter and our website. The Teaching and Learning Symposium is an annual event celebrating teaching and learning at NC State. Each February, the Symposium bring together NC State faculty and staff to participate in interactive sessions led by NC State faculty, listen to a keynote lecture, view a poster session, and meet and talk with NC State peers who are interested in teaching and learning.

Campus Writing and Speaking Program Spring 2022 Faculty Seminar: Teaching with Writing

Do you long for time and support to improve your writing assignments? Are you curious about how to help students to write more effectively in your discipline? Do you wish that evaluating writing could be less time consuming and more effective? Do you worry about students’ writing abilities but aren’t sure how to help? Do you need advice about how to use technology to support writing in your course?

The Campus Writing and Speaking Program seeks nominations and applications for a spring semester faculty seminar focused on incorporating writing into NC State courses in all disciplines. Each faculty participant will receive a stipend of $500 at the conclusion of the seminar.

For more details, including dates, eligibility, and how to apply, please carefully read the full Call for Participants.

Applications must be submitted by December 15. For more information, please write to Chris Anson at canson@ncsu.edu.

Upcoming Award and Fellowship Deadlines

The following are select recognition opportunities with upcoming deadlines. Keep an eye out twice a month for new opportunities. Please direct any questions to the Director of External Faculty Awards and Recognition, Maria Almanza at maria_almanza@ncsu.edu

Spencer Foundation-Small Research Grants on Education

The Small Research Grants Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. The Small Research Grants Program accepts applications three times per year.

This program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or location. The goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education.

Proposed budgets for this program are limited to $50,000 total and may not include indirect cost charges per Spencer’s policy. Eligible investigators may also request additional supplemental funds for a course release. See the “Optional Supplemental Course Release” section for details.

Eligibility Snapshot (see full eligibility requirements)

  • Proposals for activities other than research are not eligible (e.g., program evaluations, professional development, curriculum development, scholarships, capital projects).
  • While graduate students may be part of the research team, they may not be named the PI or Co-PI on the proposal.
  • Projects proposed may not be longer than 5 years in duration.
  • PIs and Co-PIs may not submit more than one research proposal to the Spencer Foundation at a time.

Deadline: Dec. 1

ACLS Sustaining Public Engagement Grants

These grants are designed to repair the damage done to publicly engaged humanities projects and programs by the social and economic disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic. ACLS seeks proposals for grants that will support established publicly engaged humanities projects, initiatives, or programs in accredited US colleges and universities. With $3.5 million provided under the SHARP initiative, ACLS will conduct a rigorous and inclusive peer review process to select up to 40 projects or programs for grants that will redress programming setbacks and/or reductions in internal capacity and staffing support on the part of faculty, staff, students, and community partners due to pandemic conditions.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate how their programs engage with issues of urgent public interest in one or more of the program’s six key areas: racial equity; climate change; US-global relations; public health and pandemic recovery; strengthening democracy, and exploring America’s diverse history.

The grants will range between $50,000 and $225,000 for terms of 12 months. Award terms may commence as early as April 1, 2022, and no later than August 1, 2022.

Eligibility Snapshot (see full eligibility requirements)

  • Project must demonstrate established relationships with partners and/or audiences beyond the academy.
  • Project’s principal investigator must be a scholar in a field of the humanities.

Deadline: Dec. 7 by 9:00 p.m. EST

AAUW Research Publication Grants in Engineering, Medicine, and Science

Having a strong publication record is a key to receiving promotions and tenure in engineering, medicine and science. Yet persistent gender stereotypes and bias in these fields can make it difficult for women to find the time and institutional support needed to publish their research. These grants help women overcome these barriers by funding research projects that will culminate in scholarly publications.

They are open to women scholars conducting basic research in engineering, medicine or the physical or biological sciences and who have a doctorate degree in one of those fields. The grantee must publish their research in a scholarly publication and be listed as a primary author. Grants range from $10,000 to $35,000.

Eligibility Snapshot (see full eligibility requirements)

  • Grants are not open to previous recipients of any AAUW national fellowship or grant (not including branch or local awards or Community Action Grants).
  • Grant candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Tenured professors are not eligible. The grants are for tenure track, part-time and temporary faculty, as well as new and established researchers at universities.
  • Payment of the final 10% of the funds will be contingent upon acceptance to a scholarly publication within six months of the end of the grant year.

Deadline: Dec. 1

Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning, and related subjects at academic institutions abroad for a period of 2 to 6 weeks. The Specialist Program allows overseas universities, cultural centers, non-governmental organizations and other institutions abroad to develop collaborative projects which host a leading U.S. academic at their institution to work on diverse, short-term collaborative projects focused on education and training. These projects support critical priorities identified by the host institutions and supported by U.S. embassies and binational Fulbright Commissions abroad.

To apply for a Fulbright Specialist, you must apply to join the active roster of Fulbright Specialists. Applications are accepted throughout the year (see upcoming deadline below). This deadline includes the deadline for references as well. If selected, you are eligible to be paired with a Fulbright Specialist project over a three year term and will have access to the Fulbright Specialist Portal, where all opportunities are advertised. After your three year term on the specialist roster, you must wait two years from the date of their tenure expiration before you are eligible to apply to rejoin the Specialist Roster.

Eligibility Snapshot (see full eligibility requirements)

  • Specialists should demonstrate expertise in one of the following disciplines: Agriculture, American (U.S.) Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology Education, Business Administration, Chemistry Education, Communication and Journalism, Computer Science and Information Technology, Economics, Education, Engineering Education, Environmental Science, Law, Library Science, Math Education, Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, Physics Education, Political Science, Public Administration, Public/Global Health, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Planning
  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must have significant experience in their respective field, as demonstrated by professional, academic, or artistic achievements.

Deadline: Jan. 12 is the next deadline to apply to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster. See rolling deadlines throughout the year on the website.

ACLS Digital Extension Grants

The grants are designed to advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital projects, extending their reach to new communities of users, and supporting teams of scholars at all career stages as they participate in digital research. ACLS Digital Extension Grants support projects that have advanced beyond the start-up phase of development as they pursue one or more of the following activities:

  • Developing new systems of making established digital resources available to broader audiences and/or scholars from diverse institutions
  • Extending established projects and resources with content that adds diversity to the digital domain
  • Fostering new team-based collaborations between scholars at all career stages. Projects that convene, train, and empower communities of humanities faculty and/or graduate students around established digital research projects, as well as projects that allow scholars from institutions with limited digital infrastructure to exploit digital resources or to participate in existing labs or working groups, are especially welcome
  • Creating new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities. Projects that document and recognize participant engagement are strongly encouraged.

ACLS will award up to six grants. Each grant carries a maximum possible award of $150,000. The funds support a range of project costs, including, where necessary, salary replacement for faculty or staff, software, equipment, travel, lodging, and meeting costs, and consultant fees.

Eligibility Snapshot (see full eligibility requirements)

  • Project’s principal investigator must be a scholar in a field of the humanities and the humanistic social sciences.
  • Projects must have advanced beyond the start-up or prototyping phase of development.
  • Projects must be initiated between July 1 and December 31, 2021, and be completed no later than June 30, 2023.

Deadline: Jan. 11, 2022 (pending renewal of support from funder)

Open Textbook Grant: Call for Proposals and Informational Event

North Carolina State University Libraries is currently accepting proposals for their Open Textbook Grants. The deadline is Dec. 14. The Libraries’ Alt-Textbook program awards grants to current NC State faculty to adopt, adapt, or create free or low-cost alternatives to expensive textbooks. Learn more, apply, or schedule a consultation: https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/open-textbook-grant

Those wishing to learn more about the program are invited to attend Open Cafe: Transform Your Teaching & Learning through the Alt-Textbook Project on Friday, Dec. 3 2021 (10:00 a.m.). Visit the Libraries’ Open Cafe to learn more about the Alt-Textbook Project, an award-winning program designed to work with NC State faculty members on considering Open Educational Resources (OER) and other alternatives to expensive textbooks alongside supporting them in exploring and creating new resources for their teaching and learning.

You are invited to learn more about Alt-Textbook, share insight into the type of support and resources available to you when applying, and highlight some of the success stories which have emerged since the program was launched in 2013.

Learn more about this event: go.ncsu.edu/opencafe

Writing Wednesdays: Virtual Faculty Writing Retreats (Dec. 1)

photo of a laptop to represent writingDo you have a writing task that you’ve been putting off? The Office of Faculty Development offers virtual writing retreats, Writing Wednesdays, designed to support you in getting it done! The OFD team has designed synchronous 2.5-hour mini-retreats using the Pomodoro method, held on the first Wednesday of every month via Zoom. Our next session will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

During these sessions, faculty participants will:

  • Work toward a specific writing task in a structured and supportive environment;
  • Be able to access resources from campus experts such as the Libraries, and the IRB office; and
  • Discover tips for preparing for the retreat and getting your writing done.

Special bonus for Writing Wednesdays: we have pre-recorded child edutainment provided by Arts NC State for your Wolfpack pups ages 3 to 12 years.

Register today and plan to dedicate uninterrupted time to writing your article, grant proposal, book chapter, or dossier materials.

Upcoming Events for Faculty

Wednesday, Nov. 17

Thursday, Nov. 18

Monday, Nov. 22