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Transformational Education Initiative

2017 Transformational Education Student Success Mini-Grants

Deadline extended to Monday, April 10 at 11 p.m.!

Submit proposals using our new "easy to submit" process.

The reconstituted Transformational Education Committee, and affiliated subcommittees, have highlighted priorities to benefit our students. In order to help inspire new ways of thinking about these goals, we will be offering five to seven Student Success Mini-Grants of up to $2,000 for faculty engaging in any of the following:

  • Fostering student engagement in first or second year courses
  • Incorporating open source free (or low cost) textbooks in your courses
  • Sustainability in Education
  • Interdisciplinary and/or Service Learning projects
  • Global Engagement

We want to hear from you!

We invite all full-time faculty at UMass Lowell to submit their teaching ideas which could benefit from small amounts of funding ($500 to $2000). At this stage, all we need are 200 words (or fewer) describing your idea; no budget is required for this round. If we think your idea is interesting and promising, we will ask you to present it more fully to representatives from the committee.


  • By April 10, 2017 at 11 p.m., complete the form below including your 200 words (or fewer) description.
  • By April 14, the committee will select proposals for the presentation round.
  • During the period from April 19 – 28, 2017, we will ask you to present your idea more fully by making a 5-10 minute “pitch” which will include your budget. More details about the pitch will be provided if your initial idea is selected.
  • Awards will be available for projects to be implemented during fall 2017 or spring 2018.
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Mini-Grant Recipients


Title: Individualizing Feedback to Teacher Candidates Using the Teaching Channel & SWIVL Technology
Name: Michelle Scribner-MacLean, Clinical Associate Professor
Department: Graduate School of Education
Course: UTeach Project-Based Instruction

Title: Implementing Competence Progress Modules in Organic Chemistry
Name: Khalilah Reddie, Lecturer
Department: Chemistry
Course: Organic Chemistry

Title: Promoting Greater Deliberation, Civility and Knowledge of Policy through Issue Debates
Name: Morgan Marietta, Assistant Professor
Department: Political Science

Course: Intro to American Politics, Intro to International Relations, Intro to Comparative Politics


Title: Using Case Study Technology (ForClass)
Name: Thomas Sloan, Associate Professor
Department: Operations and Information Systems (OIS)
Course: Global Supply Chain Management

Title: Integrating Service Learning into College Writing
Name: Matthew Hurwitz, Lecturer
Department: English
Course: College Writing II

Title: Using Field Work at the MFA When Learning to Teach English
Name: John Brown, Lecturer
Department: Education
Course: Curriculum & Teaching: English


Title: Technology-guided chemical discovery in the undergraduate organic lab
Name: Jessica M. Garcia, Lecturer, and Khalilah G. Reddie, Lecturer
Department: Chemistry
Course: Organic Chemistry Laboratory for Chemistry Majors

Title: Conservation in an American Art Course
Name: Marie Frank, Associate Professor
Department: Cultural Studies
Course: American Art
Read the UMass Lowell news story to learn more about this project: Conservation Project Unveils Cast of Characters