The Provost’s Office, the High Impact Practice Committee, the Faculty Senate and the Faculty Center for Professional Excellence have collaborated on this call for proposals for faculty to develop or strengthen current high impact teaching and learning practices (known as HIPs). The University’s Board of Trustees has approved $20,000 for this initiative for the 2015-2016 academic year. Awards will be based on the scope and impact of the proposals made and there will be no dollar limit within the allotment noted. This proposal process will begin immediately. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee comprised of faculty members on or soon after the submission deadline. All submissions should be received electronically by uploading the completed application here by that date.
The deadline to submit a proposal has passed.
As early as 2001, Dr. Robert Scott, the President of Adelphi University, asked Adelphi faculty, staff, and students to reach out beyond the boundaries of the campus and engage the broader community, locally nationally, and globally. Since that time, Adelphi has made major strides toward accomplishing that objective, understanding that ‘engaging’ means more than a handshake and a smile. It requires curricula that reflect our goals and objectives and input by stakeholders. To further our goal of connecting high-quality teaching and learning to student success, while also focusing on the needs of historically underserved communities, a grant in support of high impact teaching and learning practices has been supported by the Office of the Provost. Therefore, the Office of the Provost and supporting constituencies of teaching and learning invites proposals from Adelphi University’s departments and faculty to improve teaching and learning activities at the undergraduate level using HIP. It is our hope that faculty proposals on HIP will help Adelphi develop cohesive and coherent curriculum models as well as a set of strategies to have a broad impact of student learning and success.
High Impact Practices (HIPs) are pedagogical practices that disproportionately enhance student learning. The many benefits include improved rates in student retention, success, graduation, and in retention of diverse traditionally underrepresented students. These practices lead to greater success in engaging students in learning; developing life-long learners and involved global citizens; and nurturing an appreciation of diversity in students.
Based on the Association of American Colleges and Universities (following the work of George Kuh in HIPs), the following practices have had positive outcomes on student learning. A number of departments at Adelphi report having implemented some aspect of HIPs. Moreover, Adelphi University also has in place University-wide HIP practices that include first year experiences, capstones, service learning/internships, Community Fellows, study abroad programs, Adelphi Reads common reading program, The Collaboration Project, and the Adelphi Research Conference.
The AAC&U list of ten HIP practices.
Both the call for proposals and the review process will explicitly involve alignment with the identified effective components of HIP, namely first year seminars’ inclusion of critical inquiry, frequent writing, information literacy, collaborative learning; common intellectual experiences (horizontal and/or vertical in curricular offerings, such as integrative learning or being part of a learning community); learning communities that are integrative and ask “big questions” beyond the classroom; writing-intensive courses and/or across a curriculum; collaborative assignments or projects that emphasize both learning and listening to others; undergraduate research; diversity/global learning; service learning; community-based learning; internships; and capstone courses or projects. In addition, the submissions will require review and approval of department chairs and deans involved, ensuring that the curriculum or coursework that is proposed or is being developed fits within the scope of departmental needs and priorities.
Proposals that foster interdepartmental collaborations and that impact a broad number of students’ learning are encouraged. It is expected that successful proposals will include a plan for assessment and sustainability.
The grant will be administered under the supervision of the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Dr. Perry Greene who has supervised the HIP initiative at Adelphi. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee comprised of faculty representatives from the following areas: the High impact Practices Committee, Provost’s Office, Faculty Center for Professional Excellence, Faculty Senate, Teaching and Advising Committee, Senate Academic Affairs Committee, Learning Goals Task force, Writing Council and Faculty Committee on Retention, Tenure and Promotion.
Project Development and Consultations
The High Impact Practice Committee will work with the Faculty Center for Professional Excellence (FCPE) to offer preparatory workshops in support of the development of successful proposals. If you have questions or wish to have our guidance in preparing an application, please do not hesitate to contact us. Susan Lambert, Director of the FCPE, is the primary point person and is reachable at email@example.com or 516.877.4225 to schedule a consultation. We will be happy to discuss and help develop ideas, research possible approaches, or assist in revising drafts of proposals.
You are also welcome to contact any of the members of the High Impact Practice Committee, including Dr. Francine Conway, HIPS Committee Chair, (firstname.lastname@example.org), Associate Provost Perry Greene (email@example.com), Dr. Graham Henning (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dr. Tuval Foguel (email@example.com), Associate Dean Della Hudson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Christopher Storm (email@example.com).
Faculty Development Workshops
In addition, award recipients will receive ongoing faculty development to provide training in targeted pedagogical practices and assessment or the project’s impact on students.
The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) has a number of helpful resources and publications about incorporating HIPs in undergraduate education.