Students as Partners Grant Program

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Area of Emphasis (2022-23): Equity and Partnership

While the CTL welcomes any and all applications, we are looking especially for projects that have the following general characteristics:

  • Students and staff co-designing and co-facilitating focus groups (students as influencers)
  • Students and staff re-writing policy (students as decision-makers)
  • Students and staff co-creating learning resources (students as co-creators)

This means that the project should:

  1. Be designed to improve inclusion, accessibility, or student success at UT-Austin
  2. Recruiting and prioritizing students with an equity-first approach

What are "Students as Partners" grants?

The CTL is pleased to offer four grants for "Students as Partners" work for the Spring 2022 semester. Please see our page, "Students as Partners Initiaitve" for more information about how we define this area of pedagogical innovation.

What kind of funding is available?

Each submission is eligible to receive up to $1000 per project. The CTL is offering this grant for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 courses or initiatives. It is anticipated that the work will be completed within one academic term. Groups that have already received a SaP grant are welcome to reapply but first-time applicants will receive preferred consideration. 

The funds of successful recipients are used to pay student partners. They cannot be used for other expenses. All projects must also adhere to equity-first principles. Students will be paid via a one-time payment.

Who is eligible to act as a "partner?"

All faculty members and instructors working on relevant teaching projects are eligible to participate in the students as partners grant program. Preference will be given to proposals that are not already being funded by existing CTL grant programs or Provost Teaching Fellows projects.

The program is restricted to part-time or full-time undergraduate students enrolled and continuing in a UT academic program. Students must remain in good academic standing throughout the duration of the program. Before submitting a proposal, please contact the CTL with additional questions about eligibility. 

How should I begin to assemble a viable proposal?

Faculty members and instructors interested in this program are encouraged to identify an undergraduate student partner or partners with whom they feel that they can collaborate. For example, students who have successfully completed a course that they have taught, a student they have worked with before, or a student who has expressed interest in collaborating with them would be ideal candidates. Aside from requesting that student partners be in good standing, the CTL will not vet or select student partners – this is the sole responsibility of the faculty or instructors - but we are happy to discuss possibilities in advance of submitting a proposal.

Once the student partner has been selected, the standard and nature of work should be established in partnership between the faculty or instructor and the student(s) to outline the responsibilities and scope of the collaboration. It is anticipated that the CTL will help facilitate the discussions and innovations that form the basis of the work.

What are the evaluative criteria for grant proposals?

Faculty members and instructors, along with a student partner or partners, should jointly complete the online application. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • The strength of the partnership between the faculty member or instructor and student(s). (Is the student considered as a true collaborator and partner?).
  • The scope and appropriateness of the project/initiative being proposed.
  • The opportunities for rich, collaborative learning by both the faculty member or instructor and student(s).
  • How the partners intend to communicate their work (via events organized by the CTL, blog posts, social media, and impact reports).

Members of the CTL will review proposals and make selections based on above criteria.

How do I apply? What is required for the application?

To help you get ready, here is the information we are requesting:

  1. A list of course(s) and/or projects that will be the focus of the work.
  2. Brief description of your idea for enhancing teaching and learning within your class[es] or projects and how the grant would help you realize this vision. [Max: 400 words].
  3. Select how you would prefer to share the impact and outcomes of the work (see below).

What is the schedule for submission?

Proposals may be submitted through our webform (closed).  Deadlines for the grants is Friday May 27, 2022.

What ways can I give back to my UT colleagues?

We believe in paying things forward to the benefit of your colleagues at UT, so we are looking for ways for you to help others enhance their teaching and learning for the success of their students:

  • Write a CTL News Post about what you learned.
  • Co-present at a Teaching and Learning workshop with the CTL.
  • Co-present within your department or college with the CTL.
  • Provide examples of your work that could be placed within the CTL website.
  • Be interviewed on camera by the CTL.

If I have further questions, whom do I contact?

For further questions, contact Matthew Russell

Spring 2022 Grantees

Tonia Guida (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Concentration, College of Natural Sciences)
Brian Fonken (College of Liberal Arts Career Services)
Marilyn Felkner (Public Health, School of Human Ecology, College of Natural Sciences)
Jonathan Partridge (Biology, College of Natural Sciences)
Stephanie Cawthon (Educational Psychology, College of Education)
Anita Latham (Biology, College of Natural Sciences)