Summer Course [Re]Design Award

2019 Summer Course (Re) Design Award

The Office of the Provost and the Teaching and Learning Collaborative (TLC) are pleased to announce a joint program to assist faculty wishing to develop new courses (or redesign already existing courses), that pursue creative and evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning at Wake Forest.

This program will fund the development of up to six (6) courses over the next academic year. The grant will provide faculty with a $3,500 summer stipend for 9 month faculty, or $1,500 in professional development funds for 12 month faculty. Up to $500 can be requested for other necessary and justifiable expenses. Please note that this program is run as a faculty learning community and requires 4-6 meetings over the summer with a cohort.

Sponsorship and Funding

Office of the Provost and the Teaching and Learning Collaborative


Applications due by Friday, February 15, 2019. Awards will be announced by Friday, March 8, 2019.


Proposals from faculty in all schools and disciplines are welcome. In selecting proposals from the College, priority will be given to those that address divisional courses. Example redesign projects are those that:

  • develop ideas with significant potential to enhance student learning and engagement with the discipline.
  • promote interdisciplinary collaboration among Wake faculty
  • make creative use of technologies and digital tools, such as hybrid learning modules and multimedia projects.

The grants awarded under this program fund work undertaken in the summer and following academic year by faculty of the College, School of Business, School of Divinity and the School of Law, directed toward designing, developing and launching a new or redesigned face to face course. The course design is accomplished with the assistance of the TLC staff and a cohort of other award recipients.

In accepting the grant, grantees agree to:

  • Collaborate with TLC staff and other faculty award recipients to create a plan of work. Planning meetings are required for all recipients and should be scheduled with the TLC upon notification of the award.
  • Attend summer meetings with other grant recipients to share findings and explore pedagogical and scholarly challenges. A schedule of meetings will be arranged among participants in the summer and potentially fall.
  • Implement their enhancement in a course to be taught during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Report back (in any format, including written, video, or creative technology-enhanced format) on change in student learning due to the course design. The report should be sent to by January 2019/ May 2020 [the end of the semester in which it is taught].  The report should address the questions:
    • How does the design change impact teaching and the learning?
    • What are the methods of assessment?
    • Where there any challenges in designing and/or teaching this course?
    • Will you continue this course? If not, why? If so, what changes will you make?
  • Present at TechXploration (if there is a substantial technology component) and/or a TLC teaching and learning event during the following academic year. Grant recipients are also encouraged to share lessons learned with other faculty by mentoring, offering training classes, or writing educational materials for use by others.

Application Process

Please have the following information ready before you submit:

  • Course number and name
  • Course level and course type (required for major, divisional, elective, etc.)
  • How many semesters you have taught the course
  • When you last taught the course
  • A narrative statement including the following information:
    • Brief course description
    • What are your current student learning objectives for the course? (if you are proposing a new course design, you do not need to include this)
    • How do you currently measure student learning in the course (if you are proposing a new course design, you do not need to include this)?
    • Explain how your proposed design or redesign will enhance student learning.
    • What are your preliminary student learning objectives for the new or redesigned course? Briefly compare your preliminary student learning objectives for your redesigned course with the previous student learning objectives (as stated in section 2).
    • Describe your preliminary plan to measure the effect of the course design/redesign with assignments/assessments of learning.
    • Are there any additional goals, accomplishment, or improvements that you hope to realize by redesigning your course that were not previously addressed in these application materials but which you feel are important to include in your application?

Apply for the Summer Course (Re)Design Award application here