Faculty Instructional Technology Integration (FITI) Grant General Information

FITI grants are available to full-time Rollins faculty to assist in the development of a practical liberal arts education in the 21st century. This program aims to:

  • Encourage the pedagogically sound use of technology and digital content in student learning.
  • Encourage faculty to utilize instructional technologists, librarians and the Christian A. Johnson (CAJ) institute as an integrated collaborative development team.
  • Increase the technological literacy of the faculty in regards to teaching and learning.


Grants in the form of stipends of up to $2500 are available for Rollins full-time faculty members for either their time during the summer or winter term or release time (with prior approval).  Additional funds of up to $2500 may be requested to cover costs associated with travel, training, or other necessary fees. Although proposals can include the use of technology in faculty research, all funded proposals will integrate the use of technology in the classroom within the academic school year. 

Grant recipients will be assigned a project team made up of an instructional technologist, a librarian and the Director of CAJ. A portion of the grant (25%) will be held until the faculty member presents the results which can be done in a professor to professor lunch, faculty day of scholarship or in a workshop format during a faculty training session.

A few examples of FITI grants are as follows:

  • A faculty member successfully utilizes a combination of technologies to expand collaboration and enhance comprehension of the materials presented in class. 
  • A faculty member researches and integrates a new technology tool for their field of study into the course curriculum.
  • A faculty member designs a digital humanities project for a course.


View a list of past FITI grant recipients

Overview of the Application Process

Consultation

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with an instructional technologist or with the Director of the CAJ Center prior to submitting this application. Grant proposals developed with input from an instructional technologist or the CAJ Center tend to be more successful.

I. Review of Grant Proposals

Please remember that your proposal will be reviewed in a spirit of collegiality, there is no discipline specific review. Your application must be well conceived, clearly stated, and written in a language that can be understood by an audience of your faculty peers.

Grant proposals will be reviewed by the grant committee, with the grant committee requesting recommendations from the appropriate Dean. In CLA, the Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC) will provide the Dean with the funding recommendation. For Crummer faculty, the grant committee will review and approve proposals directly.

In addition, proposals which involve a course taught by multiple faculty members should be accompanied by a statement from the department head or director, or from the appropriate dean supporting the proposal.

Proposals should include information on what skills will need to be acquired and suggested workshops, if you are aware of them.

II. Deadlines

The submission deadline is February 28th, 2017.

III. Submission of FSAR

If the FSAR is required from your school, grant applications will only be considered from faculty members who have filed their most recent FSAR with their Academic Dean's office.

IV. Final Report and Presentation

Following the receipt of a Grant Award, recipients are required to

  • File a report on the outcome of the grant with their Academic Dean, due by May 30 of the year following receipt of the grant.
  • Present the results of the grant at a Professor to Professor (P2P) lunch.

Your application and report are considered to be matters of public record.

Application Guidelines

I. Submissions

Completed grant applications should be via the online submission form by February 28th, 2017.

II. Eligibility

  1. Full-time Rollins faculty members with continuing contracts are eligible for FITI grants.
  2. Proposals will be judged on: 
    1. The completeness of the application.
    2. The quality of the project and perceived value of the work.
    3. The likelihood that the applicant can and will complete the project within the one year timeframe.
  3. The committee will not review proposals:
    1. Submitted after the application deadline.
    2. With missing information.
    3. With budget exceeding $5,000, including stipend.
    4. From faculty members who have not submitted a Final Report on the outcomes of previous grant awards.
    5. From faculty members who have not submitted an FSAR for the previous year.
  4. Proposals meeting the following criteria will be given priority:
    1. Proposals with exceptional merit.
    2. Grants that include mechanisms to assess/compare student learning before and after the changes you plan to implement.
    3. Proposals that make effective use of the Director of CAJ, the Instructional Design & Technology team and Library personnel and resources.
    4. Proposals by faculty members who have not received more than one Technology Grant within the past three years.

III. Permitted Expenditures

Expenditures must be justified in terms of their relationship to the project. The budget parameters for current college rates for travel, the current minimum wage, and current status on faculty stipends are available from the Finance Department.

Additional funding parameters include:

  1. Grant awards will fund a $2,500 stipend.
  2. Software or hardware requests (These requests should be submitted to your Academic Dean or Chief Information Officer as part of regular support funding, they are not funded as part of the technology grant budget).
  3. Travel (automobile travel will be funded at the current indexed rate per mile).
  4. Per Diem in accordance with federal guidelines.
  5. If technological expertise is not available on campus, external training costs.
  6. Grants may be funded for a maximum of $5,000, if the budget and number of proposals permits.
  7. Funding is typically awarded for a project undertaken during the fiscal year (June-June) following the grant award decision.

IV. Excluded Expenditures

  1. Funding for conferences and meetings which can be supported by faculty travel grants.
  2. Per Diem expenses for longer than 5 days.
  3. Computer hardware and software.
  4. Travel for support staff.
  5. Car rental expenses in excess of the per diem.