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Grants For Teaching

Faculty Enhancement and Instructional Development (FEID) award


Robert and Louise Lee Collaborative Teaching Award 

The Faculty Development Center (FDC) announces the annual call for applications for the Faculty Enhancement and Instructional Development (FEID) Award. The goal of the FEID award is to support faculty in designing instructional improvement which leads to increased student success thereby supporting the University strategic plan, specifically goals one and two.

This year, in addition to the FEID award, the FDC will also be awarding the Robert and Louise Lee Collaborative Teaching Award. This award supports faculty teams engaged in collaborative teaching and learning. The call for the Lee Collaborative Teaching Award occurs in those years in which the endowment dividend is large enough to offer the award, usually every three-to-four years. This award helps to defray the costs of a new or on-going curricular and/or co-curricular project developed by faculty collaborators engaged in enhancing student learning within and/or across departments.

2022 Submission Link

Deadline: All FEID/Lee applications mut be submitted no later than Monday March 7, 2022, 11:59pm.

Previous grant recipients must submit their final report through the online system before applying for the current year. If you receive a message that you aren’t eligible, this could be due to the system not finding your final report. You can resubmit by logging into the system and the system should approve you for a new submission.

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Proposals for both FEID and the Lee Award will be evaluated based on the following and will use all of the same proposal documents (Narrative Template and Rubric).

*collaborative projects that meet the criteria for the Lee award will be automatically considered for both awards.

FEID  Proposal Overview Opens in new window

FEID and Lee Call Focus: Course Innovation  

  • Projects shall address course redesign and/or innovation in teaching practices. Examples include:

    • Modifying an approved face-to-face course to be offered in a different approved modality
    • Modifying assessments/assignments within a current course
    • Implementation or expansion of high-impact practices
    • Application of best/promising practices produced from the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
    • Implementation of pedagogy for diverse audiences
    • Interdisciplinary course modification or proposal OR collaborative projects *

*For interdisciplinary or collaborative projects only one lead person should submit, but highlight how the work will be distributed.

Priority is given to proposals that:

  • Identify a problem and provide objectives for solving,

  • Provide a clear plan which highlights the methods, activities and innovations being implemented,

  • Describe assessment of measurable outcomes of achievement,

  • Discuss the benefits of the project (for University, Deparment, Students and/or Faculty), and

  • Plan for sustainability.


Eligibility: Tenured and tenure-track faculty (any rank), FERPers (projects for active semesters only), and lecturers with full-time contracts. A faculty member who received an FEID award through the last call for applications (a stipend for Summer 2021 or WTUs in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022) is not eligible to receive an FEID award through this year’s call, but may apply for just the Lee Award.

FEID Award Applicants may request either:

  • Up to a ($5,000) stipend for Summer 2022

  • Up to 3 WTUs assigned time for Fall 2022 or Spring 2023

Lee Award: This collaborative award will be in addition to the FEID award. Collaborative Teams will determine how they will distribute amongst their team (must be indicated on the budget narrative):

  • $2,000 additional pay

Funding for FEID/Lee Collaborators: If proposing a collaborative project, only one collaborator should complete the application. The application should detail how the collaborators will divide the award (both FEID and Lee) on the application budget worksheet. Faculty should indicate how the team will split the FEID summer stipend, the Lee summer stipend or how they will work out assigned time.

Operating Expenses and Equipment (OE&E): Additionally, applicants may request up to $500 for Operating Expenses and Equipment (OE&E) funds (*please note that State Funds may not be used to purchase gift cards).

Brief report: Following the semester in which an award is assigned, the recipient must submit a brief report of the funded project by uploading it to the FEID website.  If no report is submitted, the faculty member is not eligible for future FDC funding. 

Previous recipients and future reviewing: FEID/Lee award recipients may be asked to serve as FEID/Lee reviewers the following semester or year.

Background Information about the Robert and Louise Lee Collaborative Teaching Award

This grant was established by Robert and Louise Lee in 1995.

Dr. Louise G Lee (MS, CSUF, Ed.D., USC), 1920-2008, was a professor of education, the Emeritus Director of the Office of International Education and Exchange, and president of CLE (now OLLI).Award.

This award is usually  $1,500; however, this year the grant dividend has grown to $7,700 and we will be able to fund up-to three collaborative teams. This year’s award will be in addition to a funded FEID award. The collaborative team will detail on their budget narrative how the money will be distributed amongst their team. This allows co-instructors of a class and/or co-curricular activity either to divide the stipend or to work out assigned time.

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