DISCOVER Initiative

Mini-Grant Program for Course Revision

The DISCOVER Mini-Grant Program is the faculty development feature of the DISCOVER Initiative, the University-wide effort to support students' search for purpose and meaning, calling and vocation in the undergraduate experience, sponsored by the Office of Mission and Identity, and supported by a Lilly grant and the Council of Independent Colleges.

The Mini-Grant program offers instructors the opportunity to apply for funding for revision of an undergraduate course in order to explicitly and deliberately integrate activities, ideas, and lessons that invite or "call" students to study, work, and live with greater purpose and meaning, within the context of that particular course, discipline, and our Lasallian heritage.

Beginning Spring 2013, up to 40 mini-grants of $500 each will be awarded over a two-year period. Up to $350 of the grant can be used as a stipend to support faculty time and effort toward the course revisions; at least $150 can be used for course-related materials or other expenses, e.g. books, speaker honoraria, films, field trips, etc. Resources for course revision ideas can be found on the DISCOVER website. Creativity is encouraged!

Please note: Course revisions must be both significant and sustainable, i.e., to include important and lasting features of the course as it continues to be taught in subsequent semesters beyond the grant cycle.

Proposal Application Requirements and Review Process

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant can be a full-time or half-time regular faculty member.
  • The course must be an undergraduate course.
  • Faculty members can apply for only one course per funding period.

Proposal Application Requirements
The proposal is a description of the ways in which the course will be revised to reflect explicit and deliberate ideas and lessons, etc. that engage or direct students’ attention to living with greater purpose and meaning within the context of that course, discipline, and our Lasallian heritage.

Please include the following in a Word document:

  • Basic Information: Instructor Name, College, Department, Course Number and Name
  • A thorough description of the course revisions
  • A discussion of anticipated impact on or outcomes for students
  • A description of how the impact or outcomes will be measured
  • An explanation of how at least some of the course revisions will be sustained over time, beyond the semester supported by the mini-grant
  • A budget: up to $350 can be allotted as stipend for instructor time and effort; at least $150 for expenses. Stipends and reimbursements for approved expenses are paid upon submission of the final report (see below) and original receipts.
  • A final assessment, to be submitted within three weeks of the end of the semester, comprised of:
    • a brief student survey (supplied by the mini-grant program)
    • a summary of results from the assessment administered by the instructor
    • a reflection by the instructor reflecting on the course experience
    • a dialogue or presentation with interested others about the experience

  • A copy of the revised syllabus  

Submitting the Proposal
Submit the proposal to Dr. Sheila Kennedy, Associate Professor of English and member of the DISCOVER team, by sending the Word document via email to kennedsh@lewisu.edu. A committee of faculty and DISCOVER team members will review the proposals; the mini-grant awards will be announced within two weeks of the submission deadline.

The deadline for proposals for the second round of funding is Friday, November 15, 2013, to be used for courses offered in either Spring 2014 or Fall 2014.

We hope you’ll consider proposing course revisions for this engaging initiative.
We believe it has the potential to make a real and lasting difference in our students’ lives.

Questions? Contact Sheila Kennedy, ext. 5580, kennedsh@lewisu.edu