Professional Development – Incentive Opportunities

We value UTSA’s instructors and are deeply committed to supporting a culture of pedagogical innovation and digital transformation for student learning and success. With aid from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, Academic Innovation is investing more than $1 million in direct incentives, support and recognition programs for UTSA faculty and graduate assistants over the next three semesters beginning this summer 2021.


The following list of initiatives is organized chronologically by intended start date and will be updated as details are finalized. Please reach out to us at AcademicInnovation@utsa.edu if you have any questions.

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Strategies for Teaching, Assessment & Retention (STAR) Grant  

The Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars (ADTS) and Academic Innovation are pleased to announce the Strategies for Teaching, Assessment & Retention Grants (STAR) program. The program seeks proposals to develop and implement inclusive pedagogy, digital literacy, experiential learning, evidence-based research and practices, or the use of technology to enhance accessibility and undergraduate student success. Proposals should describe how their teaching practices promote student success while enhancing student engagement and equitable learning.

Click here to download more information, requirements, and application instructions. 

KEY DATES

  • April 7, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. – Proposal deadline
  • April 30, 2022 – Awardee Announcement
  • June 1, 2022 – Funds become available
  • December 31, 2022 – Funds must be expended
  • January 31, 2023 – Full report due

INCENTIVES

Two (2) $3,000 teaching grants will be awarded to faculty (individual or faculty team) who are developing or implementing innovative, creative, and effective approaches to undergraduate education at UTSA, including new methodologies and best-practices.

ELIGIBILITY & SUPPORT

All T/TT and FTT (at least 75% FTE) faculty are eligible to apply. ADTS and Academic Innovation members are ineligible.

Please direct questions to:

LINK TO APPLY FOR THE INCENTIVE

STAR Grant


Strategies for Inclusive Teaching Institute Incentive Program (SITI)  

Course Description

The SITI Academy at the University of Texas at San Antonio is an opportunity for instructors to rethink teaching and learning within the new realities we face today. It is also an opportunity to explore new ideas about what is possible in education based on the work being done by inclusive UTSA instructors. Above all, it is an opportunity to be a part of a peer learning community that promotes instructor presence, engagement, and continuous improvement as central to the best inclusive learning experiences for students.

The SITI Academy is an online hybrid course that will help instructors grow as teachers. The academy explores ideas, best practices, and resources so that instructors can design courses for different modalities and student engagement using digital tools and Universal Design for Learning principles. The course consists of a combination of live sessions and asynchronous activities. There are no prerequisites

Course Objectives

In this journey “Practicing KIND” you will learn what some of your peers are doing to shift their teaching practices. During our live sessions, you will be able to share and discuss your work in the classroom. In addition to this, you will be able to explore successful strategies for inclusive student-centered design, classroom interaction, and pedagogically sound use of educational inclusive practices through a series of video testimonials made by your colleagues. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Define inclusive teaching and how it aligns to UTSA mission and vision to become a R1 Hispanic Thriving Institution.
  • Implement inclusive teaching practices in their courses across all modalities.
  • Design inclusive learning environments to promote a holistic approach for students’ wellbeing and success.
  • Embrace an inclusive approach for research and service sectors of faculty work.

Course Format

This course is taught in a hybrid format beginning with synchronous live sessions as well as course content that is available asynchronously. Dates and times are listed above in the Summer 2022 Attendance section.

Incentives

Upon successfully completing the institute, faculty will be awarded $1000. The prerequisite for successful completion are:

  • Respond to the Discussion Prompt Module Activity for modules 1-4 of the institute.
  • Respond to the Module Prompt in Padlet for modules 1-4 of the Institute.
  • Complete the Module 5 assignment in Blackboard.
  • View all module videos.
  • Attend at least one synchronous weekly discussion session.
  • Attend at least one group consultation session.

**Instructors with Teaching Assistant I, Teaching Assistant II, and Graduate Research Assistant appointments do not qualify for enrollment in the Innovation Academy**

TERM/DATES

Week 1: June 6, 2022, 10-noon
  • Complete the Introductory Module
  • Participate in live Zoom session with your Faculty Facilitator
  • Bring one question and one take-away from the Introductory Module to our Zoom Discussion session (10-11 AM, June 6)
  • Participate in the open Consultation Session following the Zoom Discussion session (11-noon, June 6)
  • Complete the module activities
Week 2: June 13, 2022, 10-noon
  • Complete Module 1
  • Participate in live Zoom session with your Faculty Facilitator
  • Bring one question and one take-away from Module 1 to our Zoom Discussion session (10-11 AM, June 13)
  • Participate in the open Consultation Session following the Zoom Discussion session (11-noon, June 13)
  • Complete the module activities
Week 3: June 20, 2022, 10-noon
  • Complete Module 2
  • Participate in live Zoom session with your Faculty Facilitator
  • Bring one question and one take-away from Module 2 to our Zoom Discussion session (10-11 AM, June 13)
  • Participate in the open Consultation Session following the Zoom Discussion session (11-noon, June 13)
  • Complete the module activities
Week 4: June 27, 2022, 10-noon
  • Complete Module 3
  • Participate in live Zoom session with your Faculty Facilitator
  • Bring one question and one take-away from Module 3 to our Zoom Discussion session (10-11 AM, June 13)
  • Participate in the open Consultation Session following the Zoom Discussion session (11-noon, June 13)
  • Complete the module activities
Week 5: July 11, 2022, 10-noon
  • Complete Module 4
  • Participate in live Zoom session with your Faculty Facilitator
  • Bring one question and one take-away from Module 3 to our Zoom Discussion session (10-11 AM, June 13)
  • Participate in the open Consultation Session following the Zoom Discussion session (11-noon, June 13)
  • Complete the module activities
Week 6: July 18, 2022, 10-noon
  • Complete Module 5
  • Participate in live Zoom session with your Faculty Facilitator
  • Bring one question and one take-away from Module 3 to our Zoom Discussion session (10-11 AM, June 13)
  • Participate in the open Consultation Session following the Zoom Discussion session (11-noon, June 13)
  • Complete the final comprehensive Module activity, which is a requirement for your completion of this institute

Time Commitment and Completion Requirements

The time commitment for this course is estimated to be 30-40 hours. Strategies for Inclusive Teaching Institute requirements:

  • Respond to the Discussion Prompt Module Activity for modules 1-4 of the institute.
  • Respond to the Module Prompt in Padlet for modules 1-4 of the Institute.
  • Complete the Module 5 assignment in Blackboard.
  • View all module videos.
  • Attend at least one synchronous weekly discussion session.
  • Attend at least one group consultation session.

INCENTIVE

Faculty completing the SITI will receive a one-time incentive of $1000. The pilot is limited to 50 seats.

SUPPORT

Please contact Claudia Arcolin or Cate Wengelnik with any questions.

LINK TO APPLY FOR THE INCENTIVE

SITI


First-Year Student Experience & Faculty Engagement Mini-Grant Program  

The integrated first-year experience at UTSA will provide a variety of supports, high impact experiences, and themed activities designed to increase a sense of belonging to the university and engagement with peers, faculty, and staff. A critical component of the First-Year Framework includes faculty-student interactions outside of the classroom. As such, the Divisions of Student Success and Academic Innovation have developed the First-Year Student Experience & Faculty Engagement Mini-Grant Program to support faculty-led engaging, inspiring, and impactful activities with first-year students outside of the classroom.

Click here to download more information, requirements, and application instructions.

TERM/DATES

  • March 1, 2022 by 5 p.m. – Application deadline

INCENTIVE

The First-Year Student Experience and Faculty Engagement Mini-Grant Program is designed to increase overall student-faculty engagement outside of the classroom, enhance first-year students’ sense of connection and belonging to UTSA, and develop engaging relationships among faculty and students. UTSA faculty may apply for one mini-grant per semester (up to $1000) which will be used to fund a variety of engagement activities to include but are not limited to:

  • Visit a local art or music exhibit.
  • Purchase extra-curricular/interest area material to review and discuss.
  • Meet for refreshments or a meal to discuss discipline or interest-related topics.
  • Engage in an outdoor activity related to the curriculum.
  • Facilitate book club/discussion on current events or topics relevant to discipline/interest area.
  • Organize speaker/panel around topics relevant to your field/interests.
  • Host career networking activity with alumni and/or other faculty in your discipline.
  • Host a game or movie night with refreshments.
  • Participate in a community-service activity.

This award is open to all UTSA faculty regardless of academic title. A total of 10-20 awards will be funded during the spring 2022 term. 

SUPPORT

Before submitting the online application form, you will need to confirm that you discussed the proposal with your Department Chair or Dean and received approval to proceed. You will also need to acknowledge that you have read the program requirements and understand the obligations if you receive the funding.

For more information, please send an email to studentsuccess@utsa.edu.  

LINK TO APPLY FOR THE INCENTIVE

Mini-Grant


Ally Summer 2022 Pilot  

To create a more inclusive learning environment and support UTSA’s core value of inclusiveness, the Office of Teaching, Learning, and Digital Transformation is conducting a pilot of an automated accessibility tool called Ally. Ally integrates works within Blackboard to provide real-time feedback for instructors alerting them to issues related to accessibility in their course along with step-by-step instructions for addressing these issues.

In addition to enabling Ally to be within one course per participant, this pilot includes an asynchronous Blackboard companion course and requires:

  • Completion of several user surveys throughout the pilot to help the Digital Accessibility Team evaluate the effectiveness of our support resources.
  • Attending at least 2 of the 4 available one-hour group consultations with the Digital Accessibility Team via Zoom
  • Meeting an Overall Course Accessibility Score Improvement Goal – This will be determined by the starting accessibility score determined by Ally. The Digital Accessibility Team will communicate with you regarding your Score Improvement Goal and can discuss any concerns you may have about meeting the Improvement Goal.

To learn more about the Ally Pilot please visit the Ally Summer 2022 Pilot page.

Summer 2022

  • Pilot begins June 13th (asynchronous)
  • Thursday, July 14th @ 1:00PM via Zoom – Tables and Alternative Text
  • Thursday, July 21st @ 1:00PM via Zoom – Word Documents & PowerPoint
  • Thursday, July 28th @ 1:00PM via Zoom – PDF's & Scanned Files
  • Thursday, August 4th @ 1:00PM via Zoom – Media Issues and Severe Ally Issues

TIME COMMITMENT AND COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

The time commitment for this course is estimated to be 5 hours.

To receive an incentive for completing this course, you will need to:

  • Enable Ally within one course, per participant.
  • Complete the asynchronous Blackboard companion course.
  • Complete several user surveys throughout the pilot to help the Digital Accessibility Team evaluate the effectiveness of our support resources.
  • Attend at least 2 of the 4 available one-hour group consultations with the Digital Accessibility Team via Zoom
  • Meet an Overall Course Accessibility Score Improvement Goal – This will be determined by the starting accessibility score determined by Ally. The Digital Accessibility Team will communicate with you regarding your Score Improvement Goal and can discuss any concerns you may have about meeting the Improvement Goal.

INCENTIVE

Faculty participating in the pilot will receive a one-time incentive of $200. The pilot is limited to 200 seats.

SUPPORT

For any questions regarding the pilot, please email DigitalAccessibility@utsa.edu

LINK TO APPLY FOR THE INCENTIVE

Ally Spring 2022 Pilot


Innovation Academy  

The Innovation Academy is an 8-hour online hybrid course designed to introduce you to a variety of educational ideas, best practices and resources. The goal of the Academy is to help enhance and strengthen your instructional skills to become more comfortable in teaching in different modalities. The course is offered in a combination of live sessions and asynchronous activities.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Create a course flow plan based on different modes of delivery
  • Integrate technology to enhance teaching and learning effectiveness
  • Design multimodal content and opportunities for interaction though the use of digital tools
  • Implement effective practices for active learning
  • Develop best practices for course management and time management

**Instructors with Teaching Assistant I, Teaching Assistant II, and Graduate Research Assistant appointments do not qualify for enrollment in the Innovation Academy**

DATES

  • April 4 10am-11am – Live Session
  • April 6 10am-11am – Live Session
  • April 11 10am-11am – Live Session
  • April 13 10am-11am – Live Session

Live Sessions will be scheduled via Zoom and will be facilitated by Dr. Eddie Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Practice in Human Anatomy and Physiology in the College of Sciences and Honors. The link to access the live sessions will be provided in Blackboard.

Aside from the live sessions, faculty will have to complete 6 online modules.

INCENTIVES

Faculty who complete the academy requirements will receive a certificate of completion and a one-time financial incentive of $1,000. The cohort is limited to 50 seats.

SUPPORT

Please contact Claudia Arcolin if you have questions.

LINK TO APPLY FOR THE INCENTIVE

Register at the UTSA myTraining portal

 


Adobe Summer Institute  

This initiative is designed to enhance digital literacy skills through the use fo Adobe apps. We will introduce participants to Adobe applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Behance, Portfolio, Acrobat, and more. Participants will complete a series of projects using different apps that will give them the opportunity to produce artifacts they can showcase.

Faculty who complete the Adobe Summer Institute requirements will receive a certificate of completion from Adobe and a one-time incentive of $500.

Visit UTSA Adobe Institute webpage for more details about the Institute objectives, structure, and detailed information about the programs and skills covered.

 


Captioning Support   

The Digital Accessibility team within the division of Academic Innovation will continue offering support for professional video captioning. This program allows faculty to proactively request professionally created and edited captions for high impact, multi-use course videos to create a more inclusive learning environment. Adding captions to course videos improves student retention and comprehension of the content, in addition to providing access for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Ongoing: Spring 2022

Learn More and Apply for Captioning Support

Teaching and Learning Reimagined

UPDATE: Thank you for applying for the Teaching and Learning Reimagined call for proposals. Click here to read more about Teaching and Learning Reimagined awardees and projects.

About Teaching & Learning Reimagined

Academic Innovation has made $150,000 available to seed campus projects that explore promising teaching and learning practices. The AI team is seeking proposals for projects that impact the UTSA Community through inclusive pedagogical innovation, digital literacy, evidence-based research and practices, and digital transformation.

Projects will be funded at up to $5,000 (for individuals), $8,000 (for collaborations within a single College), and $15,000 (for cross-colleges collaborations). Funds will be awarded primarily as supplements to compensate faculty and staff time; supplies and expenses required for project development; and/or collaboration needs may also be designated in proposal budgets.


AI will award projects that promote flexible, inclusive, and personalized learning experiences, experiential learning in flexible learning spaces, or the use of new technology to enhance student and faculty success. Proposals are encouraged from instructors at all levels, from diverse departments and units, and faculty and staff. Proposals including collaboration between Colleges will receive special consideration.