The Woksape Oyate Faculty Development Grant is funded by AIHEC through the support of the Lily Foundation to establish a Center for Teaching Excellence to advance faculty knowledge, performance and teaching methodologies and to build leadership capacity within the current faculty through advanced education, professional development training and support services.
Under the following guidelines, the Woksape Oyate Grant provides funding for:
Faculty to attend Conferences and Seminars that will improve instructional abilities, enhance knowledge of their discipline for the sake of enriching course content or provide training in classroom delivery, teaching or assessment strategies. Requests must be made one month in advance to the Faculty Development Committee and include supporting documentation, a budget and the signature of the Department Chair. Awards may not exceed $1500 and only one award per person per year is available. For grant evaluation and for information sharing, upon return, the recipient must proved a brief report to the Faculty Development Committee on how information will be used in their teaching.
Tribal College/University Gathering. The center will sponsor one workshop each year on improving teaching and assessment strategies in the Tribal College setting with Tribal College faculties in the region) SD, and Nebraska.) Faculty teams may apply for a grant of $250 to facilitate a presentation. Faculties from other TCUs can apply for travel assistance.
Independent Research. A faculty who wishes to engage in research or study to improve expertise in their field may apply for a one semester grant of $1000. They may request a reduction in teaching of one course for the semester from the Department Chair and Dean. The Woksape Oyate grant will pay the fee for a part time instructor. Grant recipients must give a progress report to the committee every 3 months for the duration of the project. Findings must be shared with colleagues and the Faculty Development Committee within a year’s time from the start of the research. The SGU IRB must approve research prior to any activity. Faculty will receive half of the grant at the beginning of the project and the other half upon completion.
Team Projects. Faculty teams, consisting of at least 2 instructors, who wish to engage in a purposeful plan of action over an extended time period, may apply for a 12 month grant. Each team plan will include a budget, time frame and reporting process.
The team will be required to provide a progress report every three months, share the results with the faculty upon completion and incorporate the results into the classroom setting. A maximum award of $2500 is available on a one time basis. Awards are dispersed in increment as the work progresses with an initial payment that does not exceed 20% of the award.
Workshops. Sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence, workshops will focus on pedagogy as well as developing institutional, departmental, and individual strategies, tools and products that can aid instructional excellence. Topics will be determined through Faculty surveys. Presenters may be local or outside resources.
Advanced Study Support.
Master’s Degree: A faculty member wishing to pursue a Master’s can receive up to $5,000/year for part time status or $10,000 for full time status. The faculty member must submit a request 6 months in advance. The request must include a plan detailing the course of action to be undertaken and how it will improve the quality of service of the faculty member to SGU as well as a detailed budget.
Doctoral Study: A faculty member wishing to pursue a Doctoral degree can receive up to $20,000/year for part time status. The faculty member must submit a request 6 months in advance. The request must include a plan detailing the course of action to be undertaken and how it will improve the quality of service of the faculty member to SGU as well as a detailed budget. Those applying must have the approval of the President.
Recipients of funding for Master’s or Doctoral study will be required to sign a service payback contract with SGU. For details, contact the Center coordinator.
Please be aware that the Woksape Oyate funding ends in May 2012 and this funding will not continue beyond the end of the grant.