In support of Goal 1 the College of Family and Consumer Sciences’ Strategic Plan to build on excellence in undergraduate education, the Sweaney Innovation Fund will provide funds to support faculty and students current projects and programs, as well as new programs that are created to meet emerging needs. Upon her retirement in December 2012, an endowment was established to honor Anne L. Sweaney’s more than 30 years of service to the college and UGA.

When to Apply

Applications will be sought before Wednesday, November 15, 2017. 

Submission Deadline is Wednesday, November 15, 2017 for Calendar Year 2018.

Amount

The college will reimburse up to $3,500 to cover costs for one project for implementation during the calendar year 2018. 

Selection

The project selected through a competitive process will be one which embodies the spirit of innovation, collaboration, and will incentivize individuals or a team of FACS faculty and staff to create highly impactful and innovative instructional materials and/or design and delivery of educational programs in the college. As you develop your proposal, you are encouraged to see UGA's Center of Teaching and Learning as a strategic partner who will serve as a collaborator to assist you in your instructional innovation project.

Objectives to Consider

Important objectives to consider when preparing your proposal for Sweaney Innovation Funds are outlined in the Strategic Plan, Goal 1, Benchmark #1: Create innovative programs of study. Project Goals relating to innovative instructional materials and design and delivery of educational programs in the college can include:

  • Efficiently deliver foundational content to students outside the classroom setting. By removing the delivery of foundational content from the classroom, the studentinstructor contact can be redirected to activities and interactions that differ from the traditional lecture, and could focus on aspects of learning that go beyond the acquisition of factual information. Project goals could include determining portion(s) of a course that is/are best delivered in this manner, together with a strategy for delivering content through alternative means.
  • Facilitate access to information that can be efficiently and effectively utilized to make decisions that improve outcomes relevant for the field and career professionals during and following the students’ time in our college. This might be achieved, for example, by the creation of innovative smart phone applications, web-based programs, or interactive team-based learning modules.
  • Reshaping courses to connect key concepts and active involvement in systematic investigation and research. This instructional innovation might involve students with actively contested questions, empirical observation, cutting-edge technologies, and the sense of excitement that comes from research and inquiry in the discipline.
  • Other instructional innovation which facilitate high-impact educational practices, as Designing and Implementing courses to accomplish the desire learning from a planned experiential curriculum in the Experiential Learning Initiative.

How to Apply

All full-time faculty are eligible to apply by submitting a proposal in PDF format to Broc Funke in the Dean's Office. Provide in four pages, not counting additional pages for project costs/budget, the following required information:

  1. Project Title and your name
  2. Project Goals - What do you hope to achieve in fostering teaching and learning excellence in your content area?
  3. Provide a brief description of project including timeline over the next year: Assuming funding begins January 2018, what are the major milestones in project development and implementation over the next 12 months?
  4. Estimated project costs (itemized budget list - may include these beyond 4 pages as needed).
  5. Relationship to the Curriculum: How will this project revolutionize the manner in which the major/department/college delivers its educational programs in relation to compatibility to other courses, to a consistent and cohesive curriculum that will remain sustainable over a number of years.  Explain how you will work with CTL on this innovative project.
  6. Faculty scholarship – How will you study the efficacy of material developed?
  7. Any pre-existing instructional materials: How will this project leverage pre-existing instructional materials, training, online, honors or service learning courses?
  8. Your commitment (initial your commitment to the following):
  • Comply with development timeline: (due by Nov. 15, submit a 6 month update including budget expenditure at that time (June 1) and by Dec. 15 turn in a 2 page report with complete report of outcomes and final itemized budget
  • Evaluate and communicate results at relevant internal and external meetings to the college, in relevant literature within 12 months of completion of implementation phase
  • Provide required materials when completed
  • Support public relations/communications efforts and stewardship for the sustainable future of the Sweaney Innovation Fund in FACS at UGA
  • Faculty signature
  • Department Head signature

Notification of funding decisions will be made by Friday, December 15, 2017.