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TTI Request for Proposals

This document announces that proposals for the TTI Fellowships for 2003-04 are actively being solicited and outlines the proposal process. Related documents include: Proposal Guidelines, Budget Guidelines, and Recommendation Form. (Click here to download the complete document in MSWord.)


To promote interdisciplinary discussions of effective teaching and the development of exciting, innovative uses of technology for teaching at the University of Virginia.

The TTI Fellows Program will support at least two instructional fellowships in 2003-04 for well-defined projects that make innovative and effective use of technology for teaching and that show promise for spreading these advances to other faculty members. The program is open to faculty members in any School or academic department with proposals to develop undergraduate teaching. Individuals from the professional schools who secure funding from their school to develop graduate courses are also welcome to apply to TTI so that those faculty and projects can benefit from the interdisciplinary interaction of the program. (Please see in particular the project by Elliott Weiss of the Darden Business School and Margo Figgins of the Curry School of Education.)


Fellows will be provided with the hardware and software as well as the released time (e.g. summer stipend and/or course relief) necessary to complete their projects. Guidance from an Instructional Technology Advisor is also provided. The expected duration of the fellowship will be 12 months, September 2003 - August 2004. Project budgets should not exceed $20,000.


Application instructions are available from Deans, Chairs, and the Teaching Resource Center. The guidelines are also available on the Internet at Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the TTI Instructional Technology Advisors as they develop their proposals.


Applications should be forwarded to the Provost's Office, c/o TTI Fellowship Program, by Monday, February 3, 2003. Announcements of TTI Fellowships will be made by the Provost's office in late March. The program will begin with a weekend retreat in late September 2003.


Any tenure-track assistant professor awarded a fellowship will have the option of delaying the tenure decision for one year. This option recognizes the significant commitment of time involved in the groundbreaking work of these fellowships. Successful applicants who wish to take this option must request it in writing to the Provost and the appropriate Dean before the start of the fellowship period.


Pedagogical Effectiveness: Projects selected will typically allow instructors to do something better than or other than what is currently being done with traditional technologies. Long-term teaching improvements will generally be foreseen as a result of the project. Applicants are encouraged to include supporting material from the relevant instructional technology and education literature, if available.

Preparation and Feasibility. Where appropriate, precise plans for programming and the use of field-tested software will be described. A timetable for completion and implementation of the project in the instructional program (preferably during the term following the end of the fellowship) should be well-thought out and realistic.

Collegiality in Project Development. A TTI Fellowship is more than a solo award. Applicants should indicate a willingness to engage in debate and discussion with other TTI Fellows by participating in the September retreat and monthly meetings that are an essential element of the program. It is probably best not to apply for this Fellowship if travel plans or other commitments will make regular participation difficult. Fellows should also anticipate occasional participation in ongoing campus discussions of instructional technology use.

Plans for Dissemination of Project. The proposal should show how the project will impact teaching done in the applicant's school or department by other faculty as well as the Fellow. Projects that develop materials that can be used in other courses and/or that are usable by other faculty members are especially encouraged. The project should be strongly endorsed by the applicant’s school or department, including plans to showcase the work within the department, the University community, and the appropriate professional conferences and journals.


The following is offered as clarification of factors the Selection Committee will consider. The Committee will:

  • strive for a balance of proposals from the Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences.
  • consider pedagogy over technology.
  • carefully consider the feasibility of the project in light of the currently available instructional environment. (It is recommended that authors consult with the Instructional Technology Advisors to TTI while developing proposals to determine if the project can be accomplished with existing university resources and/or establish that it will require upgraded facilities or systems.)
  • strive to include excellent proposals regardless of the technical expertise of the proposing faculty member. It is understood that participating faculty members will, with limited instruction and support from the Instructional Technology Advisor, be expected to develop a level of expertise and the technical skills to manage projects themselves, during and following the official grant period, and to integrate these into their teaching and research.
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