Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Rosenkranz Awards for Pedagogical Advancement


Rosenkranz Awards support the use of digital technologies that enhance student learning. This year’s awards are designated for projects that do so by developing new digital means for effective student engagement in the classroom.    

Successful proposals envision opportunities for instructors to emphasize or significantly develop learning experiences for students that align with central learning goal(s) for an existing course. The application is open to any full-time Yale instructor with a primary instructional appointment who proposes to implement a new digital approach to enhance student engagement in a course scheduled for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

Application Details

Proposed interventions should be designed to improve learning by encouraging student engagement. Research demonstrates that student learning can deepen in interactive settings that encourage them to articulate, evaluate, and create knowledge with the instructor and one another. [1]

Engagement can be defined in a variety of ways, including but not limited to: student–to–student or student–to–faculty interactions, experience in the field, active use of Yale collections, and student research.

Essential components of a successful grant proposal include a vision for improved learning through student engagement, an intervention that strives to improve learning, and plans to measure student learning as a result of the digital intervention. More specifically, the search committee seeks applications that:    a)   Describe a need, challenge or goal related to student engagement that the intervention is designed to address and how you envision doing so,

b)    Provide a realistic plan and timeline for the proposed project (funded work on projects can begin as early as late spring or summer of 2019, and must be concluded in time for the May 2020 showcase), and 

c)   Include an approach for determining the extent to which the intervention influenced student learning.

Up to seven awards of up to $10,000 will be granted. Applications are due by 5:00pm on Monday, February 11, 2019. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information session or schedule a consultation with Poorvu Center staff before applying. Use the link to submit a consultation request or email John Harford

How to Apply:

  1. Poorvu Center strongly recommends attending a Rosenkranz information session or scheduling a consultation with CTL staff. Visit our consultation request page or email John Harford to schedule a consultation.
  2. Complete the online proposal form. Alternately, use the proposal form [MS Word file] and submit it to John Harford  by 5pm on Monday, February 11 2019.

Program Timeline 

Information Sessions:

  1. Dec 17th 2018 (Poorvu Center 118A, 10:00 – 11:00am)
  2. Jan 9th 2019 (Poorvu Center 118A, 10:00 – 11:00am)
  3. Jan 15th 2019 (Poorvu Center 118A, 2:00 – 3:00pm)
  4. Jan 22nd 2019 (Poorvu Center 118A, 2:00 – 3:00pm)
  5. Jan 30th 2019 (Poorvu Center 118A, 10:00 – 11:00am)

Information sessions will focus on the elements of a successful application and address questions from interested applicants. Attendees are welcome to discuss their project proposals and consult with Poorvu Center staff.

Dec 11th– Feb 4th: Recommended Consultation with Poorvu Center Staff

Poorvu Center staff are happy to explore applicants’ proposed interventions and ask clarifying questions. We strongly recommend participation in an information session or an individual consultation prior to submitting a proposal.

Feb 11th 2019 @ 5:00pm: Proposal deadline

March 8th 2019: Grant recipients announced*

(*3/13/19 Update: Awards will be announced the week of March 18th)

April 2019: First grant recipient meetings

At this planning workshop, recipients will discuss their proposed intervention and strategies for assessing the impact of their intervention on student learning. 

August 2019: Second grant recipient meetings

Recipients will meet to discuss the progress of their intervention and plans for implementation during the 2019-2020 academic year. 

December 2019: Third grant recipient meeting

At this mid-term meeting, recipients will discuss how their projects are going, current challenges, potential solutions, and ways of increasing progress towards goals.

April 2020: Fourth grant recipient meeting

Recipients will meet to discuss outcomes of their intervention and plans for assessing the impact of their intervention on student learning.  

May 2020: Rosenkranz Showcase 

Recipients will share initial results of their projects at an event for the campus community.

Types of Projects

Applicants may access profiles for past awards on the Poorvu Center website.


Eligibility is extended to any full-time Yale instructor with a primary instructional appointment. 

Application Questions and Criteria 

Applicants are asked to respond to the following prompts using the Application Form (details about submission are available on the form):

  1. Background: Describe your course, and explain how you would like to impact learning through student engagement in the class. In what ways are you seeking to help your students learn?
  2. Challenge: Describe the challenge you wish to address, and how your proposed digital intervention will promote student engagement to address this challenge.
  3. Budget: Include a detailed budget with an entry for each significant budget item, including, but not limited to, software, hardware, student labor, travel, and conference registration fees.
  4. Support: What support if any, will you need from the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning? The Poorvu Center may be able to provide professional resources required for selected projects. Resources include and are not limited to, instructional design, assessment, media production and training for supported educational technologies. 
  5. Timeline: Develop a timeline extending from the date of award to the May 2020 showcase. The timeline should include number of weeks and/or months each stage of your intervention will take to design, execute, and assess; and when you anticipate needing support from the Poorvu Center. 
  6. Assessment: Describe how you will determine the impact of your intervention on student engagement and student learning. Can you suggest measurable outcomes to collect during the project and/or at the end of the academic year?
  7. Translation: Can the concept or product for your proposed intervention be applied to other instructors? Other disciplines? Or is this intervention specific to your course? 
  8. Sustainability: In what ways will the intervention, or its results, be sustainable beyond the Rosenkranz grant period? Will any products or ongoing programming develop from your intervention? What methods will be used to conserve a digital copy or to ensure that any data can be transferred to another platform?

Amount and Duration of Support

Up to seven proposals will be awarded for up to $10,000 each. The projects are expected to be completed within the award year, which runs from the date of awarding to the May 2020 showcase. 

Funding can support: labor for undergraduate and graduate students, not to exceed 50% of requested funds; vital software and hardware support designated in perpetuity to grant project; external contractors; travel to collect data / resources; dissemination activities such as conference presentations. The CTL may be able to provide professional resources required for selected projects, including instructional design and media production.

Funding will not support: continued website or software subscriptions (initial subscriptions are acceptable for less than 25% of requested support funds - to be used as leverage to secure departmental/external funds); purchase of laptops or other equipment that will be dispersed after project is complete; salary support for instructor(s).

Selection of Awardees

The selection committee will consist of members from the Poorvu Center Advisory Board and staff representatives from the Poorvu Center.

Upon receipt of a Rosenkranz grant, awardees can expect Poorvu Center support as discussed in consultation and application with the Center. Awardees are expected to attend all four recipient meetings and the final showcase. Additionally, recipients are asked to write a 500 word reflection on the ways their intervention impacted student learning, and on the results of their own assessment.  

Rosenkranz awardees will be asked to respond to a survey sent a year following the showcase, as a way for the Poorvu Center to consider the ongoing impact of awarded projects. 

[1]For research and practice regarding learning and student engagement, applicants can refer to Kimberly Tanner’s 2013 essay “Structure Matters: Twenty-One Teaching Strategies to Promote Student Engagement and Cultivate Classroom Equity” in CBE-Life Sciences Education, and peruse the Poorvu Center’s Faculty Resource webpage


2019 Rosenkranz Proposal Form [MS Word]