Faculty Retreat Grants


This year, attendees will again be eligible to apply for a $4,000 grant from the Teaching Advancement Board to help implement ideas inspired by the retreat in their own courses. The grants that meet the objectives, terms, and criteria below will be awarded on a competitive basis.

View the list of 2019 Faculty Retreat grant recipients (pdf)


These grants enable recipients to design and implement an instructional enhancement that has a high probability of improving education at Illinois. The projects most likely to be funded are those inspired by this year’s faculty retreat and aligned with the criteria below. The grant can be used to fund a graduate assistant to assist in the enhancements.


  • To support the implementation of teaching enhancements inspired by the faculty retreat
  • To seek broad participation from the many disciplines across campus.
  • To create a diverse and vibrant community of instructors and graduate students developing educational enhancements and reforms.


Instructors who attended the faculty retreat may apply for the grants, provided they accept the following conditions:

  • They will attend an organizational meeting in mid-May to meet and introduce their projects. Additional meetings during the academic year will be determined.
  • They will provide a brief summary of the project for the 2021 Faculty Retreat.


The Teaching Advancement Board (TAB) and the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) will evaluate proposals and present recommendations for awards to the Provost. Selection criteria include:

  • To what extent would the successful completion of the project improve the quality of our students’ learning experience?
  • To what extent would the proposed educational enhancements be generalizable across the campus?

Priority will be given to those proposals that build on the 2020 Faculty Retreat theme of “Harnessing the Science of Emotion to Spark Learning.” Suggested areas are enhancing and/or developing new ways to transform your teaching style and courses, creative methods and strategies to present information and content in different ways, innovative types of assessment tools.


Information required:

  • Instructor name
  • Department
  • Proposal title
  • Course name
  • Course number
  • When will these enhancements be implemented? (Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and/or Summer 2021)
  • Description of course enhancement (300 words)
  • Department Chair/Head approval

*Grant proposal submissions will open Thursday, March 5th through the website.*


  • Application deadline: Friday, April 3, 2020 at 5:00 pm
  • Award announcement: Early May 2020
  • First meeting: Mid-May 2020

Questions about the grants should be directed to Cheelan Bo-Linn at 217-244-3859 or cbolinn@illinois.edu.