Effective Fall 2002, all awards for the faculty development teaching program will only be awarded to those individuals who are presenting at a conference, workshop, or seminar related to the guidelines of the award.  Applications and Proposals must meet guidelines or will not be considered for funding.


Applications and Proposals not meeting guidelines will not be considered for funding. Please submit a completed application package (signed application, proposal, and required attachments) in hard copy to the ORGC and email a copy of the proposal and required attachments to the ORGC by March 1. The electronic copy of the proposal/application should be submitted as a Microsoft Word attachment and other supporting documents may be submitted in PDF format to Dr. Charley Deal at cdeal@utm.edu by the March 1st deadline.

Teaching Program Proposal Guidelines

The proposal must be in narrative form and contain the section headings as formatted below (see Proposal Content). Since proposals cover nearly every discipline on campus, they should be free of jargon and highly technical language. Key terms unfamiliar to someone outside your discipline, but integral to the project should be defined. The following guidelines must be followed for a proposal to be considered:

Type: 10 or 12 pitch (be consistent throughout the proposal), Courier or Times New Roman
Spacing: Single spacing in body of sections; double-spaced to divide sections
Justification: Left justified; Indented paragraphs
Page limit: 3 pages maximum, front only

Proposal Content - use section headings when writing proposal

Abstract (limit to 250 words maximum and must be a centered and underlined section heading)

Narrative (centered and underlined) that includes the following sections left justified and underlined:

Introduction. Background information. Simple definition of key terms.

Purpose of Proposed Activity. Be specific.


Location of Proposed Development Activity(ies) (section heading)

Date(s) of Proposed Activity (ies) Be specific. Give timeline.

Budget and Budget Narrative: Indicate all planned expenses and sources of all funds (e. g., personal, corporate, other grants, department, etc.). If no matching is possible from your department, please explain. (centered and underlined section heading)

Statement of Benefits

Benefits of Proposed Activity. Be specific. Focus on classroom performance. How will this activity make you better classroom teacher? Attach a copy of the announcement of the activity: course, seminar, workshop, conference/professional meeting, or RFP to the original application. Do not attach a copy to each application. Remember, your proposal and application will be considered for Faculty Development Teaching, not Faculty Development Technology.

Outcomes of Proposed Activity. Be specific. Include (a) how you intend to incorporate the material into the classes you teach (curriculum/course development, presentation at professional meeting), (b) where you plan to submit materials for publication, and/or (c) what materials you plan to submit for external funding and to what agency.


Applicants may request, in writing, the reviewers' comments of their proposals within 30 days following notification.


NOTE TO FACULTY WHOSE AWARD MAY INCLUDE SOFTWARE PURCHASE: To ensure that campus IT is operating as efficiently and effectively as possible, the IT Executive Oversight Committee needs to be aware of the technology needs of the campus, including software. To facilitate this process, we are asking the any unit proposing a software system purchase provide technical needs to the committee prior to making the purchase. To make this an easy process, a form has been developed whereby departmental software needs may be identified and submitted to the committee, specifying the purpose of the software, which programs have been examined and what program you would like to purchase. We believe this will improve campus communications and help us better utilize our IT resources. The form can be accessed at https://www.utm.edu/departments/its/softwarerequest.php 1/15/2015