Faculty Summer Teaching Grants Program

Faculty Summer Teaching Grant

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Call for Proposals



The Faculty Summer Teaching Grants Program provides faculty $6,000 in summer salary to engage in projects with potential to significantly enhance instruction at the Graduate or Undergraduate level. Applications are reviewed by the Faculty Summer Teaching Grants Committee, which makes funding recommendations to the Vice Provost for Research.

Deadline Reminder

College Dean must approve and submit the proposal by the following RSP deadline: 

  • Fall 2022: November 2


Who can apply?

  • Applicants must be employed full-time by WWU for the current academic year and have a contract (or formal agreement of full employment with the university) for the academic year following the grant period.
  • Priority will be given to tenured and tenure-track faculty members and to quality applications from faculty who have not received the award in the previous two-year period.
  • If the award would immediately follow or precede professional leave, it should be clarified in the proposal what will be accomplished during the summer, as distinct from the project undertaken or to be undertaken during the professional leave.
  • Faculty may not receive this award in consecutive years.
  • Faculty members in their first year are not eligible as the university offers summer support to first year faculty.
  • Faculty members may not hold a Summer Teaching Grant and a Summer Research Grant concurrently.
  • All summer appointments combined may not exceed 100% effort.

General Guidelines

Applicants should not assume reviewers are familiar with the details of their scholarly work and should offer sufficient background information to assist the reviewers. Avoid technical jargon. In addition, applicants must indicate if the activity can be accomplished during the summer, and if not, demonstrate that other support is available to sustain the continuation of the work over the necessary timeframe.

Narrative Contents

Your proposal should explicitly address the following:

  • Background and motivation for the project.
  • Specific activities/tasks to be performed.
  • Project deliverables.
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Submit all required components as one pdf file, attached to the Faculty Summer Teaching Grant eSign Form and forward to your Department Chair. Please give yourself, your department chair, and your college dean plenty of time for this process.

  1. Proposal Narrative (do not exceed two pages).
  2. Project timeline and, where appropriate, bibliography (no more than one page).
  3. Current curriculum vita (no longer than two pages).


Department chairs should review the application, enter their written comments on the eSign form, and forward their approvals to their College Dean.


In the eSign form, College Deans should review the materials and submit the proposal by approving the application to rsp.internalgrants@wwu.edu.

Fall 2022 Deadline: November 2


IMPORTANT NOTE: Applications without approval from a Department Chair and College Dean or materials received after the deadline for submission to RSP will not be considered for funding.


Faculty will be notified of award decisions on or before December 7, 2022. 

Suggested Timeline

We suggest that application materials are sent to....    *

  • Department Chairs: 2 weeks before RSP deadline 
  • College Deans: 1 week before RSP Deadline


*Be sure to check if your department/college has set specific internal deadlines!


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Evaluation of Proposals

Proposals will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Research and Creative Activities Council who submit their recommendations to the Vice Provost for Research for approval.

Teaching Grants are awarded for activities that substantially enhance the instructional quality of the university’s academic programs. Proposals must demonstrate the activity requires significant effort that goes beyond that normally expected of faculty. A broadly representative faculty committee evaluates proposals based on the extent to which the proposed work addresses the criteria listed in the Narrative Contents. In addition, the committee will consider:

  • The clarity and accessibility of the proposal to an academically diverse committee.
  • Whether the proposal is appropriately scoped for a Summer Teaching Grant.
  • The equitable distribution of awards across colleges.


  • Enhances specific courses, programs, or department curricula.
  • Benefits students.
  • Expands the applicant's expertise as a teacher.
  • Enhances the applicant's professional development.
  • Promotes the mission of the department, college, or university.