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Application for Travel Grants

Travel Grants

We support the university in all phases of pedagogical development. The fundamental purpose of the CEE Travel Grant program is to expose faculty to key issues in teaching and learning in higher education and encourage development on CEE's programming themes of Pedagogical such as: Development, Diversity, Assessment, Instructional Technology, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The CEE will grant travels for up to 4 faculty to attend pertinent conferences held between July 1 and December 31, 2015. Grant amounts are up to $1,200.00 each. We will evaluate proposals on the strength of their connection to the previous mentioned pedagogical themes. Proposals should clearly indicate how topics to be explored at the conference support the teaching mission of the university. They should also provide a description how they might design a CEE presentation to inform other USD faculty upon their return from the conference.

Selection Criteria

The primary criterion of judgment will be the excellence of the proposal and the thoughtfulness given to its applicability to CEE program themes of pedagogical development, diversity, assessment instructional technology, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Three additional key criteria are:  1) the general applicability of the topic for multiple disciplines; 2) the novelty of the pedagogy or topic; and 3) the vision for designing a CEE presentation based on the conference information. Applicants can only be funded once per fiscal year and preference will be given to first time applications. View the rubric used to assess proposals. See a list of previous grantees.

Acceptable Activities for Funding

Attending a conference/seminar. Some examples of the types of conferences are:

Unacceptable Activities for Funding

  1. International Travel
  2. Cost-of-living expenses during a sabbatical
  3. Funding to support seminars/conferences normally funded by faculty department including research conferences and presentations of your scholarly work not related to pedagogical development, diversity, assessment, instructional technology, or the scholarship of teaching and learning
  4. Salary request for faculty or students
  5. Funding for spouses or family members
  6. Funds for the sole purpose of presenting one's research


All tenure-track and tenured USD faculty are eligible to apply. Also eligible are adjunct faculty who have taught consistently each semester at USD for at least 3 years and have a commitment to teach in Spring, 2016. Applicants can only be funded once per fiscal year.

Amounts of Funding

The Committee could fund up to a maximum of $1,200 per person for each proposal. In the event there are funds remaining, the committee will consider additional requests.

Application Process

Applicants must use the official application form and answer all questions completely, including a description of the anticipated expenses and funding from other sources. Applications are due Friday, March 20, 2015 by 5 p.m.

Examples of Previously funded proposals


Upon submission of receipts, recipients of the grant will be asked to provide a brief written summary of their trip, including how the experience will be incorporated into their curriculum.  Recipients will be expected to meet with CEE directors to design a CEE presentation to share their experience and knowledge gained.

Application and Guidelines

Please submit application electronically to Dr. Sandra Sgoutas-Emch (, Director, Center for Educational Excellence.

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. Sandra Sgoutas-Emch for additional information.