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Campus Initiatives - Faculty Incentive Grants

Faculty Course Modification Incentive Grants are available for University of Maine faculty wanting to incorporate new teaching practices into their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses.

The Maine Physical Sciences Partnership (MainePSP) project is pleased to invite faculty to apply for incentive grants for the purpose of integrating student-centered, research-supported teaching practices into University of Maine STEM courses.

This Faculty Course Modification Incentive Grant (FIG) program is integrally tied to the Maine Learning Assistant program, which is modeled after the very successful Learning Assistant program developed at the University of Colorado. The purpose of the FIG program is to help faculty transform high-enrollment STEM courses in order to achieve these aims:

• To improve the quality of math and science education for all undergraduates.
• To encourage research-based teaching as a legitimate endeavor for ourselves and for our students.
• To encourage and prepare talented math and science majors for careers in teaching.
• To encourage institutional change in the way STEM courses are taught.

2013-2014 FIG Faculty

Ian Bricknell 

David Clark

Farahad Dastoor Nuri Emanetoglu
Heather Hamlin Jonathan Kreps Karl Kreutz Paul Rawson

Michelle Smith

MacKenzie Stetzer

Jennifer Tyne

Todd Zoroya













Faculty who are awarded the grant will receive the following:

• Half-month salary during each summer that the grant is awarded (up to two years).
• Assistance from two or more Maine Learning Assistants (undergraduate teaching assistants who are majoring in a STEM discipline and who have performed well in the course being modified).
• Assistance from an education research graduate student who can help plan assessment and data collection strategies.
• Guidance and support from MainePSP faculty and staff.
• Contact with other UMaine faculty who are engaged in the same endeavor.

Faculty grantees are expected to:

• Submit annual reports about the progress of their course modification goals and findings.
• Utilize MLAs in classes, recitations, tutorials, workshops or labs to facilitate small group discussions or support individual students in learning the material.
• Meet weekly with MLAs to review the content or plan instruction or data collection.

The deadline for new 2014-2015 proposals is February 14, 2014.  This slideshow from a spring 2013 information session describes the program: FIG Info Session (PDF).  Detailed instructions for submitting a proposal are found in the following grant guidelines:

• FIG_ApplicationInfo_Spring2014 (PDF)
FIG_ApplicationInfo_Spring2014 (DOC)

The MainePSP is a major initiative funded by the National Science Foundation to improve the teaching and learning of physical sciences, targeting grades 6-9 and University courses. It involves teachers in Hancock, Penobscot, Waldo, and Washington counties, University faculty, staff, and students, and partnership members from the Institute for Broadening Participation, the Maine Department of Education, the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, and SERC Institute.

Image Description: David Clark

Image Description: Farahad Dastoor

Image Description: Nuri Emanetoglu

Image Description: Heather Hamlin

Image Description: Picture of Professor Jon Kreps holding a vial of liquid

Image Description: Karl Kreutz

Image Description: Rawson

Image Description: Michelle Smith

Image Description: MacKenzie Stetzer

Image Description: Jennifer Tyne

Image Description: Todd Zoroya headshot

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Contact Information

Maine Physical Sciences Partnership
5784 York Complex #1, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5784
Phone: 207.581.4672 | Fax: 207.581.9555E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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