Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Rosenkranz Award Offers up to $10,000 for Classroom Innovation

November 10, 2021

By Julie McGurk and John Harford

The Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce that applications for the Rosenkranz Award are open, and we will be hosting our first information session on November 15 from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The award of up to $10,000 supports sustainable, scalable classroom innovations that enhance student learning and is open to all full-time instructors with a 2022-23 appointment at Yale University. The proposals to improve engagement through student–to–student or student–to–faculty interactions, experience in the field, integration of digital tools, active use of Yale collections, or student research are all welcome. Successful proposals will emphasize or significantly develop the learning experiences of students that align with the central learning goal(s) for an existing course.

Interested applicants should describe a need, challenge or goal related to student engagement that the intervention is designed to address, provide a realistic plan and timeline for the proposed project, and include an approach for determining the extent to which the intervention influenced student learning. Funding may support:

  • Labor for undergraduate and graduate students, not to exceed 50% of requested funds;
  • Travel to collect data or resources;
  • Software or hardware designated in perpetuity to grant projects;
  • External contractors;
  • Dissemination activities such as conference presentations.

Funding may not support salary support for the instructor, purchase of laptops or other equipment dispersed after the project is complete, or continued website or software subscriptions (initial subscriptions are acceptable for no more than 25% of requested support funds – to be used as leverage to secure departmental or external funds).

The selection committee will consist of faculty serving on the Poorvu Center Advisory Board and staff representatives from the Poorvu Center. This group consults with the Center for Language Study and the School of Medicine’s Teaching and Learning Center where collaborating expertise is helpful.

Upon receipt of a Rosenkranz grant, awardees can expect Poorvu Center support as discussed in consultation with the Center. We may also be able to provide professional resources for selected projects, such as assessment expertise and media production. Awardees are expected to participate in the Digital Showcase and to respond to a survey sent a year following their award period to help the Poorvu Center determine the ongoing impact of awarded projects.

Applicants can find past examples at our digital showcase and more details about the application process here. Please sign up for our next information session on November 15 from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., or email rosenkranz@yale.edu to schedule a consultation. Funding can begin as early as March 2022.

Download the proposal form here.