FACULTY/STAFF OPPORTUNITIES

The Center for Student Excellence supports the promotion process, professional development, student engagement, and classroom success. 

What We Do

We support COLFA Faculty and Staff.

  • Engage faculty/staff in embedding career-focused curriculum in their courses.
  • Introduce faculty/staff to opportunities for student engagement and involvement
  • Advise faculty/staff looking to create study abroad/away programs, service-learning programs, and research projects
  • Provide funding support to faculty through grants for career engaged initiatives and study abroad/away support

Available Opportunities:

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COLFA Classroom to Career Faculty Curriculum Grant

Call for Proposals (Fall 2021 & Spring 2022)

Purpose

The purpose of the COLFA Classroom to Career Faculty Curriculum Grant program is to support COLFA faculty members seeking to develop classroom experiences that:

  • Provide a fuller understanding of practical applications of classroom learning
  • Engage in the exploration of career pathways in COLFA related fields of study
  • Engage in research-related projects or scholarship

This grant is in alignment with the UTSA Classroom to Career Initiative.

Eligibility
– Must be a faculty member within the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts
– If awarded, proposed classroom experience must take place in the application term of the awarded grant
– A faculty member may not be awarded two grants in one fiscal year

Amount

Recipients of the COLFA Classroom to Career Faculty Curriculum Grant will receive up to $1,000 toward the cost of approved classroom experiences. Recipients can only receive one award in a fiscal year. In cases where partial funding is available from alternative sources, the recipient of a grant may combine the awards to cover the allowable costs of the classroom experience.

Application Requirements
COLFA faculty that are interested in this opportunity must submit an application HERE.

The application will request:

  • The course code and seating limit for proposed course.
  • A 400 – 700 word description of your proposed classroom experience and its potential transformative impact.
  • An estimated budget description of the proposed classroom experience

Deadlines
The deadline for applications in the Fall will be June 15th (notifications on June 30th)

The deadline for applications in the Spring will be October 15th (notifications on October 30th)

Evaluation
Applications will be evaluated by a committee in the COLFA Center for Student Excellence. This committee will rank applications based on the:
–  Alignment of proposed classroom experience to goals of grant and its transformative impact
–  Feasibility of the proposed classroom experience
–  Scope and wide-reaching impact of classroom experience

Contact
For general COLFA Classroom to Career Faculty Curriculum Grant program questions, contact William Smith PhD, Assistant Dean and Director of the COLFA Center for Student Excellence at william.smith2@utsa.edu

COLFA Study Abroad/Away Faculty Exploration Grant

Purpose

The purpose of the COLFA Study Abroad/Away Faculty Exploration Grant is to support COLFA faculty seeking to develop affordable and accessible study abroad/away programs. The funds for this grant will go faculty exploring new study abroad/away opportunities for their students over the Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer Session. These funds will support:

  • Travel to study abroad/away destination to make face-to-face, in-country/on-the-ground connections for proposed program
  • Explore housing and transportation options for potential study abroad/away program
  • Meeting with academic or host location partners to explore the academic and logistical arrangements for prospective program.

This grant is in alignment with the UTSA Classroom to Career Initiative.

Eligibility

– Must be a faculty member within the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts
– If awarded, proposed experience must take place within one year of the exploration
– If awarded, faculty must meet with the COLFA Center for Student Excellence on curriculum design.

Deadlines

The deadlines for application are November 1 and February 1 each year.

About the funding

Awards are a maximum of $3,000 to fund travel costs and local room and board expenses, typically for up to one week.

How to apply

To apply for the grant, you must include the following documents in your proposal:

  • Cover sheet
  • Narrative statement that addresses the selection criteria
  • Letter of endorsement from a department chair or other appropriate office

PLEASE UPLOAD YOUR PROPOSAL HERE

Selection criteria

When choosing which proposals to recommend for funding, we will consider the following criteria:

  • Academic quality and feasibility of the program
  • Instructor’s teaching role in the program
  • Extent of cultural activities in the program
  • Ways in which the program differs from existing overseas study programs
  • Administrative efficiency
  • Financial viability
  • Student health and safety

Proposals must be for credit-bearing programs. The grant may not be used for travel to programs already approved by the UTSA Global Initiative Study Abroad Office.

Contact:
For general questions, contact us at c4se@utsa.edu