Call for Proposals 2020-2021

The MSU Writing Center with funding from a private donor welcomes proposals for the Integrating Writing into STEM Teaching Grants Program, 2020-2021. Grants of $5000 each will be awarded to up to three STEM faculty willing to integrate writing into their 200-400 level STEM courses. To qualify, the course must be required for a major in a STEM discipline. The deadline for proposal submission is June 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Questions regarding the Integrating Writing into STEM Grants and application procedures should be directed to the Director of the Writing Center, Michelle Miley (michelle.miley@montana.edu).

These grants are available to tenure track and non-tenure track STEM faculty employed at Montana State University Bozeman. The grants will provide faculty funding for curriculum development that integrates writing and Writing Center support into their 200-, 300-, and 400-level STEM course designs. Although faculty teaching 400-level courses will be considered, capstone classes are excluded from this grant opportunity. 200-level Core courses are also excluded. The Integrating Writing into STEM Teaching Grants provide incentive to those faculty members willing to invest the time to integrate writing effectively into their course designs. The grant comes with the expectation that the recipients are willing to collaborate with the Writing Center and take time to learn along with those in the Writing Center how to better integrate/teach writing in STEM courses.

Grant awards will provide funding for faculty to:

  • Create and adopt new and innovative assignments and teaching methodologies incorporating writing into 200 – 400 level STEM classes,   
  • Collaborate with the Writing Center and other participating faculty to develop valued practices in writing and to support students’ writing processes through selected Writing Center models,
  • Participate in a three-day Teaching Writing Workshop in August 2020, and
  • Attend monthly brown bag lunches each semester (Fall 2020 and Spring 2021).

Information sessions will be held, at the following times:

To learn about the 2019-2020 Integrating Writing into STEM Grant Partners, visit the virtual WAMSU Showcase.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Potential for instructional innovation through writing
  • Potential breadth of impact on instruction beyond a single course
  • Potential for outcomes that will improve future teaching
  • Willingness to collaborate fully with the Writing Center and other participating faculty in developing writing assignments, supporting writing within the course, and in creating an assessment plan that includes a measurement of outcomes.

Further Details

  • Grant funds may be used for compensation to faculty for curriculum development and implementation. Summer salary is allowable, although compensation must be paid during the period when the work is completed. Only direct salary costs need be included in the budget. It is not necessary to calculate the cost of benefits.
  • Funded courses must be taught between August 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. 
  • Recipients must participate in a three-day Teaching Writing Workshop in August 2020 and attend monthly brown bag lunches each semester (Fall 2020, Spring 2021).
  • Recipients will be expected to participate in a panel on what they have learned about integrating writing into STEM fields in Fall 2021.
  • A final report detailing goals, activities, assessment results, and plans for continuation of course implementation is due in PDF format to the Director of the Writing Center, Michelle Miley (michelle.miley@montana.edu) by August 1, 2021.

Proposal Guidelines

All proposals must include the following:

  • Title Page:  Include project title, applicant name, academic rank, department, date of hire, telephone number, and email address.
  • Proposal Narrative:  In a statement not to exceed three pages, address each of the following: the proposed course number and name; the place of the proposed course in the major’s overall curriculum; the proposed course goals and goals of the course writing assignment(s); and the anticipated outcomes and/or contribution to MSU. In addition, address the applicant’s interest in integrating writing into the course design; describe why the course is a good match for integrating writing; and indicate willingness to collaborate with the Writing Center in developing writing assignments, supporting writing within the course, and creating an assessment plan that includes a measurement of outcomes.
  • Statement of Support:  A brief statement of support from the applicant’s department head should be included. If the project requires involvement of a unit other than the applicant’s department, the proposal should also include a statement of support from that unit.
  • Short (2-3 page) curricula vitae

Submission Guidelines

  • All proposals must be submitted electronically in one PDF document with the applicant’s name in the file title.
  • The PDF of the application should be attached to an email to michelle.miley@montana.edu with the subject line “Integrating Writing into STEM Teaching Grant Proposal.”
  • All proposals must be received by 5:00 pm on June 1, 2020.
  • Applicants will be notified of awardees by June 15, 2020.

Questions regarding the Integrating Writing into STEM Grants and application procedures should be directed to the Director of the Writing Center, Michelle Miley (michelle.miley@montana.edu).