Faculty Teaching Community (FTC) Grant

We're pleased to offer funding to support groups of faculty who regularly engage in discussions of teaching and learning topics or issues. Funding is available for start-up or existing groups.

The purpose of the FTC grants is faculty community-building around teaching and learning topics. We define communities as groups of faculty who meet regularly to discuss teaching and learning issues relevant to the group and to share expertise, strategies, and solutions. FTC funds are intended to support ongoing group interactions, not one time meetings or the activities of individuals participating in a community.

To apply, please send your answers to the following questons in an email to the program lead for FTCs, Cindy Decker Raynak cdr1@psu.edu with answers to the following questions:

  1. What is the focus of your group?
  2. How often do you intend to interact (e.g. monthly, 3x/semester)?
  3. Who will serve as the organizer and point-person?
  4. What faculty members have already agreed to participate? (Others may join at any time.)

Below are a few examples of current FTCs.

  • Arts & Architecture Sustainability Teaching Community — Mihyun Kang
  • Behrend Faculty Teaching Community — David Kahl & Qi Dunsworth
  • Fayette Faculty Teaching Community — R. Kevin Maxwell
  • Improv Pedagogy Teaching Community, University Park — James Tierney
  • Innovative Teaching at Penn State (ITAP), University Park — Josh Wede
  • Language Teaching Community, University Park — Deena Levy
  • Liberal Arts Teaching Community, University Park — William (Bill) Goffe Josh Wede
  • Online Teaching and Learning, University Park — Chris Gamrat
  • STEM Teaching Group, University Park — Julia Kregenow & Stephen (Steve) VanHook

Many of these are ongoing groups, please reach out to them directly or let us know if you would like contact information.

Funds available: $500–1000 per group, per academic year, depending on the number of faculty and activities planned. The Institute will determine the funding based on the community size and meeting frequency. Some FTCs have obtained additional funds from their college or campus. SITE funds must be used by May 15 of a given academic year.

Each FTC is asked to send a brief description of their activities at the end of the academic year. Those that submit their description may re-apply for additional funding in subsequent academic years.

Funds may be used only to support activities of the community related to teaching and learning such as books or modest group meals (e.g., pizza, sandwiches). These funds may not be used for prizes or gifts, stipends, research, conference attendance, or retreats. All purchases must be managed by our staff; neither funds not costs may be transferred. Unused funds will revert to the Institute.

Interested in starting your own FTC or already have an active group?

Pennsylvania map of Penn State campuses with the Faculty Teaching Community locations indicated.

FTCs may be proposed by:

  • faculty of any rank or title
  • administrators responsible for supporting teaching
  • staff who support teaching or provide faculty development
  • graduate students who teach

Topics might include:

  • discipline-based teaching
  • inclusive teaching
  • engaging learners
  • teaching problem solving
  • assessing student learning
  • teaching large courses
  • online teaching
  • teaching & learning scholarship
  • evaluating teaching

The possibilities are endless; contact Cindy Raynak to discuss your ideas today!