Guidelines for Preparation of Proposals for Miller Faculty Fellowships
The Miller Faculty Development Fund was made possible by the generosity of F. Wendell Miller, who left his entire estate jointly to Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. Mr. Miller, who died in 1995 at age 97, was born in Altoona, Illinois, grew up in Rockwell City, Iowa, graduated from Grinnell College and Harvard Law School, and practiced law in Des Moines and Chicago before returning to Rockwell City to manage his family's farm holdings and to practice law. His bequest helped to establish the F. Wendell Miller Trust, the annual earnings of which, in part, help support faculty development proposals that advance the university's strategic plan. The program is administered by the President’s Office and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.
For 2014–2015, the Miller Fellowships will provide faculty with opportunities to enhance their scholarly work in the undergraduate academic programs of the university and to develop innovative approaches to enhance student learning. Faculty will have up to twelve months to meet the goals of their Fellowship project.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
Any faculty member at Iowa State University (tenured, tenure-eligible, adjunct, lecturer or clinician) may apply for a fellowship. Faculty may submit proposals as individuals or may join with others to submit a proposal as a faculty team. To increase faculty involvement, preference may be given to first time Miller Fellowship applicants. Faculty who are CELT staff or members of the CELT Advisory Board may participate as members of Miller Fellowship teams, but may not be the lead proposer.
What Can You Propose to Do?
Faculty members can propose to develop new approaches to the teaching of existing undergraduate courses or to develop entirely new courses that will enrich the undergraduate experience. Examples of past funded projects can be found on CELT's website. Faculty time (salary, benefits) may not be requested from Miller funds, but may be used as matching funds to document commitment from a department, college, or other unit. Writing textbooks for the national market is not a priority of this initiative. Also, equipment purchases should be identified with improving a specific course and not with the general upgrading of classroom facilities. Computer hardware may not be purchased with Miller funds.
- We expect to award three to four Miller Faculty Fellowships at a maximum individual award level of $15,000.
- Matching funds are not required as part of Miller Proposal budgets. However, proposals that do include matching funds may receive higher ratings for their proposed budget. The budget must clearly delineate what both the requested Miller monies and the matching funds will be used for.
- Faculty salary and benefits cannot be requested from the Miller funds. However, faculty salary and benefits can be included in the matching funds. If faculty time is used as matching funds, the support letter from the department chair/unit leader must clearly delineate reduction in other duties (i.e., the faculty time used as a match cannot be an add-on to current responsibilities).
What Must a Miller Fellowship Proposal Include?
Proposals must not exceed two pages (excluding title page, budget worksheet, and a required letter of department chair endorsement), and must be single-spaced, in a font at least 12 points in size with 1-inch margins. Each proposal must include the following:
- Title page – clearly indicate the department(s) and college(s) involved. All faculty and collaborators involved must be listed and their position(s) identified. Include address, phone number and e-mail for the primary contact person.
- Proposal Form – two pages or fewer. Consists of following required elements:
- Abstract – List project title and abstract of 150 words or fewer. Abstract must be suitable for public distribution, should proposal be funded, and must list total amount requested.
- Project Significance – 250 words or fewer. Include statement on project goals and their importance for meeting departmental, college, or university strategic goals and student learning outcomes.
- Enhancement of Student Learning Outcomes – 300 words or fewer. Include description of how the student learning experience will be enhanced through improved pedagogy and instructional delivery.
- Statement on Scholarship & Assessment Plan – 300 words or fewer. Include description of intended scholarship (publications, presentations) associated with this project, including an assessment plan designed to measure the desired goals that will enhance the understanding of teaching and/or student learning, and a dissemination plan for sharing results.
- Project Plan – 250 words or fewer. Clearly identify the person(s) who will be responsible for carrying out the proposed work (e.g., name, title, role within the project), the methods and resources to be used, the specific course(s) and number of students affected, and timeline for project completion.
- Budget Worksheet – Provide an itemized budget and budget rationale (maximum one page) that clearly specifies all anticipated expenses for the proposed Miller project. Clearly indicate the relevance of each budget item to the project being proposed. The maximum grant award amount is $15,000. Additional matching funds are encouraged but not required. If matching funds include any faculty salary or benefits, a signed statement from the college fiscal officer (in addition to the letter from the department chair) must be attached to the proposal to verify the commitment level.
How Do I Apply?
Prepare the proposal, consisting of title page, proposal form (download – or pick up a copy from the CELT office in 3024 Morrill Hall), budget worksheet, and department chair endorsement letter. Also include a signed statement from the college fiscal officer if your proposal includes any faculty salary and benefits as a part of proposed matching funds. Submit one electronic copy of the proposal (as a single pdf file) to your College Dean and to Sara Marcketti, CELT Associate Director, at email@example.com by Monday, December 2, 2013. If more than one proposal is submitted from a college, the Dean will submit an email listing the proposals in priority order to Sara Marcketti by Monday, December 9, 2013.
What Are the Expectations of a Miller Fellow?
Projects are to be completed by June 30, 2015. A final report must be submitted by July 31, 2015, to the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. Failure to submit the final report may adversely affect future funding opportunities as part of the Miller Fellowship program. Miller Fellows will present their results at a formal Miller Luncheon during the fall semester following completion of their project, and may also be invited to present informational sessions and/or posters about their projects at university functions throughout the year. The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching strongly encourages all Miller Fellows to publicly share the findings of their Miller project with colleagues and peers in their respective departments and colleges, across campus through university forums, and beyond campus through conference presentations and journal publications.
How Will Proposals Be Reviewed?
All proposals will be reviewed and ranked by the Advisory Board for the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, which will make recommendations to the Provost. The final selection of Miller Faculty Fellows will be made by the Provost and announced by March 2, 2014. Questions may be directed to Sara Marcketti, CELT Associate Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Significance for the undergraduate program at Iowa State University. Successful proposals will improve the quality of the undergraduate curriculum for students. Proposals should indicate the impact on curriculum, instructional delivery, and the students served. The proposal should directly support departmental, college, and/or university strategic planning goals.
- Enhancement of student learning outcomes and students’ learning experiences through improvement of pedagogy and instructional delivery. Successful proposals will clearly identify intended outcomes and will demonstrate a clear connection between pedagogy that will be implemented and specific outcomes.
- Scholarship resulting from the project that enhances the understanding of teaching and student learning in the discipline. Successful proposals will include a plan to assess whether the project has achieved its desired outcomes and a plan to disseminate what is learned by the project to others.
- Clarity of the project plan. Successful proposals will have a clear design, a strong link between design and intended outcomes, and a high likelihood of the proposers being able to complete the project within the timeline provided.
- Clarity, appropriateness, and relevance of the proposed budget. Successful proposals will include a budget with a clear rationale for each expenditure in accordance with the project’s overall plan and desired outcomes. Matching funds are not required as part of Miller Proposal budgets. However, proposals that do include matching funds may receive higher ratings for their proposed budget.
Please see the Miller Faculty Fellowships Proposal Evaluation Rubric used by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Advisory Board for complete details on how the proposals will be evaluated (available on Miller Faculty page on the CELT website or from the CELT office in 3024 Morrill Hall).