The University's Committee on Teaching administers a grant from the Brown Foundation for the purpose of fostering excellence in undergraduate teaching at Rice. The Committee is charged with supporting any appropriate means to this end, including “seminars and other programs aimed to improve the quality of teaching, and . . . studies and experimental tests of new instructional methods or programs.” The Committee invites faculty members to submit proposals for projects to be funded by this grant. Funding for grants in previous years has ranged from a few hundred dollars to awards of $5,000. In the past, grants have been given for purchase of equipment and materials, for honoraria for outside speakers and consultants, for necessary expenses such as purchases of computer time, for wages of individuals who assist in the projects, and for any reasonable cost associated with developing and teaching an undergraduate course except one involving supplement to the instructor’s salary. These grants are intended for the enhancement of undergraduate instruction, rather than for faculty research or graduate instruction. Projects involving significant innovation and those that benefit a large number of students are strongly encouraged.
The Committee on Teaching and the Center for Teaching Excellence will be facilitating an information session on the application process on Thursday, January 26th, from 12:10-12:50 in Herring 129.