Faculty Fellows Teaching Grants

The Irvin D. Reid Honors College invites proposals for teaching innovations from Wayne State University faculty. 

Service learning grant

For the purposes of this grant, service-learning is a method of teaching by which students learn by applying classroom experiences to real-life situations at a specific community site. Service-learning courses will:

  • meet a need identified by a community partner;
  • be coordinated collaboratively by a faculty member and the community partner;
  • integrate the service-learning experience into the academic component of the course;
  • provide structured time for students to reflect on and write about their service experiences before, during and after these occur.

Successful applicants will need to:

  • Agree to sustain the class for an additional semester (subject to departmental approval)

  • Allow Honors students to enroll in the course, if the course has a special topics designation.

Funding should enable faculty to engage undergraduate students in course projects that involve community partners and address important community or civic issues and/or develop curricula or courses that strengthen community service-learning or civic education. Preference will be given to general education courses. 

Awards of $2,000 are available to individual faculty members.  Questions may be directed to Monita Mungo at ah6559@wayne.edu or 313-577-8912.

Request For Proposals: Faculty Grants for the Development of Service-Learning Courses (PDF)


Honors junior/senior seminar grant (4200 level)

This Honors innovation grant is intended to provide financial support for faculty members who wish to teach seminars in their area of research within the context of an Honors Junior/Senior Seminar.   These grants will be given to faculty who teach new seminars at the 4200 level, or who incorporate new content and teaching practices in seminars they have taught in the past for Honors students.

Honors Seminars Criteria:

  • Open to Honors Students with who are Juniors or Seniors
  • Class size is limited to 25 students
  • Listed for 3 Credit Hours
  • Appropriate for all majors

Examples of how the grant may be used include: restructuring an existing course to fit the format of an Honors Jr/Sr seminar; obtaining materials for the development and implementation of new pedagogical strategies; creating a new 4200 level seminar for honors students that incorporates interdisciplinary methodology or new technology.

Awards of $2,000 are available to individual faculty members. 

For more information, contact Ali Salamey at dt2468@wayne.edu or 313-577-8523.  These two grants can be combined for a $3,000 award if the course is both an Honors Jr/Sr Seminar and a Service Learning Course.

Request For Proposals - Faculty Grants for the Development of Honors Seminars (PDF)

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