The Mini-Grant Program
Applying for Educational Foundation Mini-Grants
The Center to Promote Excellence welcomes mini-grant applications from faculty. Mini-grants are funded by the Foundation Board of Delaware County Community College and made available through The Center.
After applications are submitted, members of the Professional Development Committee evaluate proposals and submit the recommended names and descriptions of the projects to the participating members of the Foundation Board for final approval. The recipients of the Excellence in Teaching grant awards are announced at the Honors and Awards Committee Meeting of the Board in May.
- All mini-grant applications will be evaluated by the standing members of the Professional Development Committee (listed on the right), as well as by the Director of The Center. All grant monies will be approved by the Foundation Board of Delaware County Community College.
- The grant applications will be judged using a point system of 1 through 5, with 5 as the highest rating. General criteria are listed on the website; a direct relationship to the mission of the Center, a clear description of the project, a plan to evaluate and share project results, clear budget descriptions, and the involvement of multiple disciplines and/or faculty in the project will be considered attributes of a strong proposal.
- A typical budget submission might include line items for travel expenses, supplies, equipment needed, stipend amount (if applicable), and personnel expense (such as the typing of a report or other clerical needs). Try to be as specific as reasonably possible.
- Because the Center recognizes the efforts of faculty, as well as the inherent value of all submitted applications, all projects meeting the general guidelines and criteria will be considered.
- Feel free to contact the Center’s Director or any member of the Professional Development Committee if you have questions.
Project proposals will be judged on the following criteria:
- The project aligns itself with the mission and goals of The Center to Promote Excellence at Delaware County Community College
- The project promotes excellence in teaching and learning via activities related to the personal, instructional, or institutional components of professional development as described by The Center to Promote Excellence
- The project proposal includes evidence of instructional benefit and application for students and/or support of the professional development of faculty and/or staff
- The project application includes a brief itemized budget outlining the use of the requested monies
- The project proposal includes a plan for reporting the results of the project to faculty, as well as the Foundation Board (Example: a synopsis report to be presented to the Board and included in the Center’s professional library, as well as a brief presentation to faculty, staff, and/or administrators during a scheduled faculty meeting or in-service day)
Eligibility: All full-time faculty are eligible. Instructors who teach at least three courses in one semester are also welcome to apply.
Timeline: Applications are due in The Center by January 31. Faculty will be notified of award decisions the beginning of May.
Fiona Geiser, PhD
Guided Inquiry Laboratory on Tobacco Exposure
Linda Flora, PhD
First-Person Video Recordings of Anatomy and Physiology Lab Dissections
Sharvette Law-Philmon, Susan Scalzi
Innovative Practices Using iPad Technology in Allied Health
Lauren Donovan, Sarah Murphy
Service Learning Project: Promoting the Benefits of Sleep to College Students
Inflated Colossal Campus Installations
Fiona Geiser, PhD
Student Project on Second-Hand Smoke Exposure Using NicAlert Urine Strips
Susan Ward, PhD
Working with Quality Matters Certification Training
Debra Metz, Kathy Schank, Jefferey LaMonica
Collaborative Teaching and Learning: An Interdisciplinary Resource Guide
Pam Santarlasci, PhD
Student Readmission and Retention in an Associate Degree Nursing Program
Ingrid Callenberger, Jennifer Conley, Beiye Gu, PhD, Patrick McGinty, Ann-Marie Smith
English as a Second Language Online Resource Center
Audrey Ervin, PhD
*Infusing Cross-Cultural Perspectives in the Classroom: Using Technology to Foster Critical Thinking and Deepen Global Understanding
Larry Woodward, Glenn Artman, Pat Barnes
*Contextual Teaching and Learning: Coordination of ENG 50, MATH 060, TECH COMM III
Erica Danowitz, Alysia Peich
Providing Librarian Skills Classes for DCCC On-line Learners
Ife Williams, PhD
Political, Historical, Cultural Legacies of the Caribbean
Sandra Connelly, Lisa Barnes, PhD
College-Wide Reading Initiative
Steve Aquilani, PhD
Development of an International Field Course, Natural History of South Africa
English 50 Course Design
African-American Students’ Experiences in a Dominant Culture Academic Associate Degree Nursing Program
Future of the Writing Center at DCCC
*Awarded, but have not been pursued by original proposers for specific reasons.