2017 Teaching & Engagement
- Up to five awards will be made with $20,000 maximum per award.
- The project time period will not exceed 24 months.
- Each program/project/course must be delivered twice during the two years.
If you have questions about the submission process, please contact Kim Peterson firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-472-9287.
VisionRFI will be a locally, nationally and internationally recognized leader focused on increasing community capacity as well as the hope and confidence of rural people to address their challenges and opportunities, resulting in resilient and sustainable futures.
MissionThrough a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, RFI mobilizes the diverse resources of the University of Nebraska and its partners to support rural communities and regions in building upon their unique strengths and assets to achieve their desired futures.
Core ValuesThe work commissioned and supported by RFI must be guided by the Institute’s core values:
a) Civic EngagementImplement civic engagement efforts into new or existing programs to develop RFI's core values in both communities and partnering campuses. For example, involving partners in recruitment/retention programs; creating learning communities that include civic engagement in the design; establishing diversity initiatives that explicitly link active and collaborative community-based teaching and learning with the academic success of underrepresented students or internship programs in rural communities. Community partners are particularly encouraged to seek, in conjunction with participating campuses or institutions of higher education, funding for the civic engagement portion of the teaching and learning award funding.
b) Undergraduate & Graduate Service LearningApplicants must enhance curriculum by designing new course(s) or revising an existing course(s) with a partner agency to include a service learning component. Service learning is a transformational pedagogy that integrates service in the community with academic study. Faculty, in partnership with community representatives, design service learning projects based on two main objectives:
- meeting identified community needs, which helps strengthen the community;
- advancing student understanding of course content through real world experiences.
- Campus Compact: Service-Learning
- Nebraska Campus Compact
- Colorado State University: Service-Learning Program
c) Undergraduate & Graduate Student Community-based ResearchApplicants must develop and initiate a community-based research project focused on advancing the field of civic engagement through service learning by addressing a community identified need/issue.
- University faculty and staff as well as Nebraska community members and non-NU higher education faculty/staff are welcome to apply, however, either the Principal Investigator (PI) or a co-Principal Investigator (co-PI) must be affiliated with NU and take responsibility for administering the award funds.
- Collaboration with partners external to the University of Nebraska is strongly encouraged.
- An individual may serve as the PI for only one proposal but may serve as a (co-PI) on one or more proposals.
- Potential to result in contributions to and measurable outcomes consistent with the RFI vision and mission.
- Compatibility with the RFI core values, especially reflective and collaborative.
- Potential for student learning, addressing rural community needs/issues, advancing the field of civic engagement, and advancing professional development of the applicants.
- Potential for establishing and sustaining the program/project/course(s) to continue after the grant period.
- Matching funds are not required but may increase the likelihood of funding success.
- Recipients are expected to participate in a working group composed of RFI Teaching & Engagement award recipients. It is anticipated that group will gather at least once a year to share ‘best practices’ around innovative and creative processes and strategies unique to engaged teaching.
- Recipients are expected to conduct their program/project/course during both years of the project.
- Recipients are expected to demonstrate impact by sharing their engaged teaching/research at a number of venues including conferences, such as the Rural Futures Conference, and in refereed publications. In addition, the PI is expected to work with both the RFI Director of Competitive Awards and the RFI Director of Communications on external communications opportunities (white papers, interviews, recorded presentation, lecture, webinar, etc.) to share project results/findings with the broader RFI audience.
- A final report is required and due to RFI no later than one month following the conclusion of funding.
- The project should be completed within 24 months and extensions are discouraged and will only be considered for extreme circumstances (6 months maximum).
Funds may not be used for any of the following purposes:
- To replace current funding*;
- Remodeling, renovation or construction;
- Recruitment or start-up packages for new hires; and
- Items for purposes not exclusive to the project, such as desktop or laptop computers, iPads, printers, software and related accessories and general office supplies.
- Enter title page information using the online form
- Upload proposal information as a single PDF document
1. Title Page Information(entered online, required for submission)
- Total Request Amount ($)
- Principal Investigator (Name, Affiliation, Telephone & Email)
- Co-Principal Investigator(s) (Name, Affiliation, Telephone & Email)
- Other Partners (if applicable)
2. Project DescriptionThe project description is limited to three single-spaced pages, using Times New Roman (or similar) 11-point font and one-inch borders in a PDF format. The project description should describe the proposed program/project/course(s) as it relates to one or more of the following three focus areas, clearly addressing the issues listed in the area below that will be the focus of the project. The plan must include a project timeline.
Undergraduate and Graduate Service Learning
- Include a course description and learning outcomes.
- Provide a clear rationale for why and how service learning should be integrated into the course(s).
- Describe the reflection activities that clearly link the service experience with the learning objectives of the course.
- Provide evidence for the sustainability of the course after the grant period ends.
Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research
- Describe the community-based project.
- Describe how the project integrates with teaching and professional service.
- Describe student roles in the project and the reflective activities structured to link the service experience with the learning.
- Provide evidence for project sustainability.
- Describe how the results will be communicated.
- Include a description of the engagement program and expected outcomes (recruitment/retention rates, diversity focused learning objectives, etc.).
- Provide a clear rationale for why and how the engagement activities are integrated into the program.
- Provide evidence for the sustainability of the program after the grant period ends.
List the project's long-term and short-term goals related to:
- Student learning;
- Furthering institutional and departmental goals toward institutionalization of civic engagement and service learning;
- Addressing community needs/issues;
- Advancing the field of civic engagement and service learning as the pedagogy of engagement; and
- Community partnerships including the role of community representatives in the design and implementation of the program/project/course(s).