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.

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:

  • Teaching & Learning Languages, University Park
  • Teaching Math Community, Abington
  • Improv Faculty Community, Altoona and University Park
  • Instructional Designers Community, University Park
  • STEM Teaching Group, University Park
  • Liberal Arts Teaching Group, University Park
  • Faculty Learning Community, Lehigh Valley
  • Teaching Consortium, New Kensington
  • STAR Program, Altoona
  • Assessment in Creative Disciplines (multi-campus)

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 focused on teaching and learning, 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 teaching or learning. 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!