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Faculty and Staff

Grant Seeking for GV Faculty and Staff

From developing your ideas to presenting them successfully to grant-making agencies, assistance is available! Successful grants are a major benefit to professional scholars and to Grand View, and we would like to help you achieve successful grants-seeking outcomes.

The Grand View Grants Team, including Pam Christoffers, Marge McCollough, and Cathy Brent, will provide personalized support throughout the grant-seeking process. Such support is important because, while grant seeking isn’t difficult, it has many facets—and it can be complex. With experienced guides helping you map the way forward, grants seeking can be professionally and personally gratifying.

Internal Grant Opportunities

CETL provides resources for faculty members to engage in activities to further their development and scholarship, or to provide educationally-meaningful activities for students outside the classroom.

Teaching Scholars
Full-time faculty members who wish to implement innovative teaching and learning strategies are eligible to apply for semester-long Teaching Scholar appointments. Teaching Scholars are responsible to implement a specified project and disseminate their new knowledge within the Grand View community. The focus of the funding fluctuates depending upon changing institutional priorities, but typical projects funded for 1-3 credits of overload include:

  • research best practice and implement pedagogical strategies that lead to improved classroom instruction and increased student engagement/achievement;
  • engage in a scholarship of teaching and learning project to document and disseminate effective classroom practices;
  • utilize classroom technologies in new and effective ways; or
  • develop curriculum (new course proposals must be approved by the GV Curriculum Committee before the Teaching Scholar application is made).

Limited funding is available and the application form includes a rubric describing how funding decisions are made. Applications are made available each semester; please contact Pam Christoffers (pchristoffers@grandview.edu) or Kevin Gannon (kgannon@grandview.edu) for additional information.

Faculty-Student Engagement Grants
Mini-grants are available to fund educational activities held outside of the normal classroom to augment what’s being taught in the classroom and to help students feel connected to GV, their instructor, and each other. These activities help students’ social and intellectual development and allow them to gain insights into goals and career choices. All full and part-time Grand View faculty members are eligible to be reimbursed for expenses incurred through these activities – up to $200 per semester.
Typical activities include outings such as poetry readings at a coffee house, biology field trip to the lake, pizza study sessions before the mid-term/final exams, traditional African dinner served at a faculty member’s home, and trips to the Art Center.

Limited funding is available and the application form describes how funding decisions are made, including relationship to classroom objectives, creativity, and more. Applications are made available each semester; please contact Pam Christoffers (pchristoffers@grandview.edu) for additional information.

Seeking External Grants

At Grand View, the grant application process includes:

  • Developing a fundable idea
  • Identifying funding sources
  • Ensuring your idea is congruent with Grand View’s goals and priorities
  • Creating reasonable timelines for completing the grant application and the grant-funded project
  • Developing the grant budget
  • Completing the grant application
  • Obtaining authorizations and submitting the application

After you receive an award, the Grants Team will help you understand your responsibilities as a grant recipient and will guide you in completing reports required by Grand View and the grant provider.  For more detailed information, refer to the Faculty Manual section on Grants (located on our intranet, you will need a username and password to access).

The Grants Team contact is Pam Christoffers (pchristoffers@grandview.edu), Special Assistant to the Provost. Please contact Pam at 515-263-6023 as soon as you begin to develop a research or scholarship idea. The Grants Team has decades of experience in the grants industry and will help you navigate the road to success.