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Technology Infusion Projects Initiative

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching is pleased to announce a request for proposals for its Technology Infusion Projects Initiative, an initiative that is supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. All Xavier faculty members are invited to submit proposals for projects that will begin in summer 2005.

About the Initiative

  • General Description: Supports faculty use of existing technology and media to enhance teaching and student learning with a classroom research project to focus on the technology's effect on teaching and learning
  • Structure:
    Phase I: Planning and development (Summer 2005)
    Phase II: Implementation and assessment (Fall 2005)
  • Level of Funding: Summer stipend of $2,000; fall 2005 stipend $600. A modest software and hardware budget may be available.
  • Administered by: Gayna Stevens-Credle, Ph.D.

This initiative is intended to support the infusion of technology into teaching and to assess its impact in the teaching and learning process. Entry-level and more complex projects are encouraged. Even if you have never used technology in your teaching before, you are welcome to apply. The Center will work with you to help you learn the necessary skills to use the technology.

Examples of projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Incorporate online discussion (WebBoard or Blackboard) into an existing course
  • Develop a simple course website
  • Integrate Blackboard into a course
  • Virtual office hours via online chat
  • Use videoconferencing to enhance classroom experience
  • Use of commercially available CD-ROMS or discipline-specific courseware for instructional purposes
  • Use of electronic classroom tools (SMART Board or student handheld response devices)
  • Integrate JSTOR or other electronic journals or databases into a course


Summer 2005 stipend of $2,000; fall 2005 stipend of $600. A modest software and hardware budget may be available.

Funded faculty are required to attend monthly meetings to share their progress and discuss emerging issues, and submit progress and final reports.

Note: funding for successive phases is contingent upon successful completion of the previous phase and may be subject to review by members of the Center's Faculty Advisory Group.

Proposal Guidelines

Each proposal should include the following components:


  • This should not exceed one page. The abstract (or a portion of it) will be used to announce awardees and to describe their projects.
  • Give an overview of the project, indicating, in brief, what you intend to do, and why.

Design and Development

  • What are your goals, as they relate to teaching and learning?
  • Include a detailed timeline or schedule of specific activities for both development and student use of the project.

Project Evaluation

  • Do you have any previous assessment data which could be used as a baseline? If so, please describe. If not, can you collect baseline data as part of this project?
  • Describe the means or methods by which you will measure the impact of the project on teaching and/or student learning. (It may be useful here to first restate the teaching and learning goals or outcomes you indicated in the Design and Development section of your proposal.) What data will you collect?

Project Background

  • Has this project, in part or in whole, been supported previously or is there a proposal under consideration by a funding source within or outside of the University (e.g., National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, Xavier's CUR)? If so, please include a copy of the original proposal.

Support Requested

  • Does your project require the purchase of software or hardware? Limited funds may be available. Please include a budget detailing the necessary expenses for the success of your project.

Please submit 3 copies of the proposal to the Center (P.O. Box 78) by March 18, 2005. Also, please send a digital version of the proposal to the Center at

Members of the Center's Faculty Advisory Group will review applications on a competitive basis. The review is not a blind review. Applicants will be notified of the results in mid-April 2005.

If you have any questions, contact Gayna Stevens-Credle at ext. 5070 or send an e-mail.

Deadline: March 18, 2005
Applicants will receive notification of the results in mid-April 2005.
A part of the February 2005 RFP Multipack.