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 to support 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.

To apply, please send an email to site@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 previously funded groups.

  • Improv & Pedagogy Faculty Community, University Park — James Tierney
  • Instructional Design Teaching and Learning (IDTL) Group, University Park — Chris Gamrat
  • STEM Teaching Group, University Park — Julia Kregenow & Stephen (Steve) VanHook
  • Liberal Arts Teaching Group, University Park — William (Bill) Goffe
  • Faculty Teaching Community, Fayette — R. Kevin Maxwell
  • Faculty Teaching Community, Behrend — David Kahl & Qi Dunsworth

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

Funds available: $500–1,500 per group, per academic year, depending on the number of faculty and the activities of interest to the group. Some groups have obtained additional funds from the college or campus. SITE funds must be used by May 15 of a given academic year. Unused funds will revert to the Institute.

SITE funds may be used only to support activities of the teaching and learning community, including books, visiting speakers, and modest group meals (pizza, sandwiches). Our funds may not be used for stipends or salaries of Penn State faculty or staff or activities/materials unrelated to the teaching and learning community. All purchases will be handled through SITE and must comply with applicable University financial policies and procedures. Groups may re-apply for additional funding in subsequent academic years.

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 could be:

  • discipline-based
  • focused on a particular type of faculty (e.g., junior, mid-career, or part-time faculty)
  • administrators responsible for teaching

They may also focus on:

  • a particular teaching method
  • course-based research
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • assessment
  • inclusive teaching
  • teaching evaluation
  • large courses
  • online teaching

The possibilities are endless; contact us about sponsorship today!