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FIDC Travel Grants
Faculty involved in teaching-related projects that require travel to professional conferences or workshops may apply for travel support through the FIDC.
Because travel funds are limited, projects must be directly related to teaching (pedagogy) in higher education. There are two types of teaching related travel:
- travel to conferences for pedagogical development that can be brought back to specific classes at UND (for example: participating in a teaching-related workshop, where the faculty member will learn new techniques or approaches; or learning about new and innovative ways of teaching one's subject )
- travel to make Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) presentations dealing with research on college level teaching (for example: making a professional presentation on a teaching method you have conducted research on in your classroom at UND)
Funding for travel is limited to $1,000 per trip ($1,500 for intercontinental travel). Funds can go towards transportation, lodging, meals and conference registration expenses. There is no limit on how many times faculty may seek FIDC funding. However, when funds are tight, preference will be given to faculty who have not had recent funding for similar requests
Travel for the sole purpose of keeping up with one's subject or updating course content cannot be supported with FIDC funds.
How and When to Apply:
Proposals may be submitted from September 1 - May 1. The Faculty Instructional Development Committee meets monthly to review and act on proposals on hand by noon on the first business day of the month. Proposals should get a response from the committee within two to three weeks.
You may wish to discuss your proposal with the Director of Instructional Development at least one week before the deadline prior to submitting it.
Please bear in mind that faculty reviewing proposals are not necessarily familiar with your discipline, pedagogical approach, or SoTL research methods. Be carfeul to effectively articulate your work so that faculty from various disciplinary approaches can fully appreciate its value.
Proposals are submitted online through the form below. Proposals should be clear, complete & well organized with the following four sections (in this order):
I. A cover sheet (below).
II. A memo that provides a persuasive rationale for teaching-related travel funds.
If you are making a SoTL research presentation (defintion of SoTL research), include
- an abstract of your presentation,
- a memo of acceptance,
- an explanation of how this work grows out of your teaching at UND
- enough information to allow the committee to conceptualize your research: convey the research question your work seeks to answer, how you came to that question and how it relates to your teaching at UND, and how you gathered data for the project (including links to or copies of surveys or other research tools is helpful).
If you are participating in pedagogical development (teaching-related conference /workshop or similar activity) include,
- a copy of the conference/ workshop flier or an appropriate web address with your indication of sessions you will attend,
- an explanation of the nature of the activity and what you expect to gain from participation,
- a clear articulation of how this learning experience will benefit your students and/or other faculty at UND (in terms of courses taught, number of students affected, and ways you will share with other faculty,
Successful pedagogical development proposals have clearly identified the type of pedagogy sought and how it will be incorporated into the classroom at UND.
III. An itemized travel budget (you may use this excel template) that lists:
- an estimate of your total travel expenses (including transportation, lodging, meals, and conference registration)
- the amounts you have received or are seeking from other sources (e.g., your department, dean, RD&C)
- the amount you are requesting from FIDC (same as on cover sheet)
IV. A supporting letter from your department chair, explaining what the department is able to contribute in support of this project and/or why outside support is necessary. If you are chair, ask for a letter from your dean. Chairs letters can be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or to OID at campus stop 7104.
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Application and Review Procedure:
Submit the application and encompassing documents online.
One copy is sufficient. They must arrive by noon on the first business day of the month. Supporting letters must be received separately and directly from the reference.
FIDC and Flexible Grant recipients are required to file a final report that addresses how the pedagogical activity will benefit the university. Final reports are generally due within six months of notification. Records on final reports are kept in the OID office and if a faculty member is applying for another grant, the final report must be filed before the new grant proposal can be acted on.
For more information:
Office of Instructional Development
Anne Kelsch, Director