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Grant Application

Faculty Learning Community: Project Based Learning and University Mission

This FLC is designed for full and part-time faculty who:

  • Are interested in deepening their understanding of Niagara University’s Catholic and Vincentian mission and its place in the curriculum
  • Would like to join a community of teacher scholars committed to helping students to explore how their disciplines address mission-related issues such as systemic causes of poverty
  • Are interested in incorporating project-based learning or mission-related themes into their classes and want to learn more about the resources available through the Levesque Institute/IMPACT Office to support these activities

Application deadline: Thursday, December 13 

Up to 10 participants will be selected and each will receive a $500 stipend (1/2 in Spring 2020 and ½ in Fall 2020).

The grant application can be downloaded via the link to the left.

Commitment: participants will be asked to commit to attending the meetings outlined below and will complete short readings/activities in preparation for the discussions. Participants will, by the end of the FLC, have designed and implemented a project or course module that fits one of the following options:

Option 1: design a project for implementation in a course you are teaching in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 that incorporates community-centered project-based learning in cooperation with the IMPACT office/Levesque Institute.

Option 2: Design a course module for implementation in a course you are teaching in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 that will help students gain a deeper understanding of the way in which NU’s Catholic and Vincentian mission informs your discipline. The module should 1) utilize or create case studies from our local community and 2) align with one of the four pillars of the Levesque Institute (Early Childhood, Community Outreach, Health and Wellness, and Housing)

Participants will also be expected to share the outcome of their project or module at a showcase event and complete a post-FLC evaluation of the experience.

Faculty Learning Community Schedule

(Spring 2020)

  • Three meetings that will introduce the IMPACT program and available resources and address themes such as best practices for project-based learning and assessment and an introduction to NU’s Catholic and Vincentian mission
  • FLC off-campus community visit, 9:00-12:00 Tues. May 5 (study day)

Summer 2020:

  • Participants work with the IMPACT Office to develop plans for implementation of their projects or modules in 2020-2021

Fall 2020:

  • Participants implement projects or modules; 1-2 additional group meetings to address topics of interest to participants
  • Nov/Dec 2020: showcase: participants share results and reflect on experience; evaluation of the program


Contact Information

Have Questions about this Grant?

Contact Stefanie Wichhart


Phone:  716-286-8090