e-Learning Faculty Mentor Grant
Proposal Due Date: October 29, 2007
Decision Date: November 5, 2007
Download Mentor Grant RFP:
Faculty mentors engage with two or more faculty over one semester or a summer to assist and encourage colleagues who are new to e-Learning principles and activities. The role of e-Learning faculty mentors is to work with their colleagues to identify opportunities to make effective and appropriate use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. Collaboration can occur between a mentor and an individual, or the mentor can consult with an entire department regarding the technology systems and services available at the University to support their efforts. A mentor may work with a department chair to schedule seminars in the use of technology within the department's discipline.
Submit a signed printed copy PLUS AN ELECTRONIC COPY of the proposal by 5:00PM October 29, 2007 to:
Director, e-Learning Center
PO Box 5682
The e-Learning Faculty Mentor Program is intended to increase the number of faculty who use instructional technology effectively for teaching and learning. The program makes it possible for technologically experienced faculty to collaborate with less experienced colleagues in their department. Each mentor selected works with at least two faculty who are new to e-Learning. Special one-on-one cases will be considered.
The e-Learning Faculty Mentor Program provides stipends to both mentors and participants who together develop and implement a plan for using technology to enhance teaching and learning. The stipend amount depends on the level of activity and involvement and typically ranges from $2,000 – $5,000.
Duties and Responsibilities
Mentors teach participants about the technology systems and services available at the University to support their efforts. They also introduce participants to services available from the e-Learning Center, Office of Academic Assessment (OAA), Cline Library, and Information Technology Services (ITS). Mentors work with colleagues in situations such as working with the professional organizations in a given discipline to identify discipline-specific resources for the use of technology, working with the department chair to schedule seminars in the use of technology within that discipline, or scheduling appropriate technology training and support for members of an academic department.
e-Learning faculty mentors are expected to spend 15 – 20 hours mentoring two or more faculty who will spend 80 – 100 hours on specific projects over a semester or summer. The goals of the projects are to develop faculty expertise in integrating technology into the learning process and to promote student engagement, learning, and success. The activities are guided by the mentor and developed in consultation with the director of the e-Learning Center. The stipend amount, project details, and time commitment are negotiated with the director of the e-Learning Center and are documented in a letter of appointment.
All participants must obtain approval of their department chair. Mentors must be endorsed by the chair. All participants must provide written reports documenting their activities and successes and must be willing to give a presentation at a future Faculty Showcase describing the mentorship project. Nominations may be made via email to the director of the e-Learning Center (Don.Carter@nau.edu). Self nominations are welcome but must include an endorsement by the faculty member's department chair.
Nominations or applications must include the following:
- Mentor name
- Academic department
- Academic rank of the mentor applicant or nominee
- A brief description identifying the other participants
- A description (1 – 2 pages) of the proposed project(s)
- Proposed timeline
- Expected outcomes
Announcement of Award
Once nominations are received, nominees will be contacted by the director to review the proposal and document the agreement. Special case nominations will be considered at any time in the case of immediate needs identified by chairs and program directors.