Reflective Practice Mini-Grants
Program Description and Guidelines
The Center for Engaged Learning recognizes that building a habit of reflective practice and gaining the ability to engage in critical reflection is a key element of engaged learning. To help promote a campus culture of reflective practice, the Center for Engaged Learning has set aside dedicated funds in the 2019-20 academic year to support instructors’ efforts to teach reflective practice.
All faculty and staff who teach, mentor, or supervise a group of students are eligible to request funds to help students learn how to become better reflective practitioners and/or refine their critical reflection skills. Examples of eligible expenses include (but are not limited to): course supplies or materials to create activities/lessons about reflective practice; compensation for a guest speaker; or admission fees/tickets for an off-campus experience. Expenses which are already or typically funded through another program or mechanism are not eligible.
Requests can be made in any amount; however, requests are expected to be proportional to how many students will be involved. Requests can be made at any time and will be reviewed by CEL personnel when they are received. To be accepted, the request must make explicit how expenses are tied to the theme of reflective practice and/or critical reflection and how expenses will directly benefit students (i.e., requests for faculty/staff professional development will not be accepted).
An equal amount of funds will be reserved for fall 2019 and spring 2020. Funding will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis until that semester’s allocation is exhausted. Funding decisions will be communicated by email within approximately one week of receiving the request.
As a condition of accepting funds through this program, the grantee agrees to share information about their experience and its outcomes (in qualitative or quantitative form) with the Center for Engaged Learning. Any equipment or unused materials purchased with these funds must be returned to the CEL or the grantee’s home department/program/office.