Texas Tech University

Lawrence Schovanec Teaching Development Scholarships

The online application is now closed for the 2020-2021 academic year. Applications will open again in fall 2021.

What are the teaching development scholarships for, in general?

The Teaching Academy offers these prestigious teaching scholarships for Texas Tech faculty members who are interested in attending a conference dedicated to teaching and learning.

Who is eligible to apply for the scholarships?

All full-time professors of practice, full-time instructors, tenure-track faculty, and tenured faculty are eligible for the teaching development scholarships. At least one scholarship will be earmarked for a non-Teaching Academy member. Preference will be given to those who have not previously received this scholarship.

How much can I receive in scholarship funds?

You can be awarded up to $1,500 to attend a conference. You will need to specify your expenses when completing the online scholarship application.

What information will I need to submit as part of the online application?

In addition to information related to expenses, applicants will provide the following information:

  1. Conference details (including title, location, dates, etc.). Please note that travel must be completed by the end of the 2021-2022 fiscal year, which concludes on August 31, 2022
  2. Two statements:
    1. Briefly describe your teaching experience, and then describe how you expect this conference to improve your teaching effectiveness, e.g., specific ways to improve your pedagogical strategies, curriculum, intervention strategies, etc.
    2. Describe a specific workshop or poster presentation you will plan to present at the TLPDC sharing the knowledge, skills, and values you learned as a result of attending the conference.

The scholarship selection process is a competitive one. Please take the time to provide the committee with complete, thorough responses to all requested information.

If I receive a scholarship, do I have to make a poster presentation or present as part of a workshop at the TLPDC?

Yes, all recipients of this prestigious scholarship are expected to share their knowledge by creating a poster presentation or presenting as part of a workshop at the TLPDC.

How will my scholarship application be evaluated?

All Teaching Academy members appointed to the Lawrence Schovanec Teaching Development Scholarships committee will review and score each online scholarship application based on two criteria: (1) clarity of potential impact of the conference on applicant's teaching effectiveness, including specific examples and clear and intended outcomes to address the potential impact on students, faculty, and the Texas Tech community; and (2) clarity of ideas for development of a post-conference workshop or poster presentation, including how those in other fields may benefit. Each committee member will score the two application statements on a scale from 1-5 (with a 5 being the best score). The scores will be combined into an Olympic score, meaning that the lowest and the highest scores will be dropped. The committee members may also make written comments about the strengths and potential weaknesses of each application. The committee members will then meet in person to discuss the scoring and the comments, and they will ultimately decide the approved applicants and scholarship amounts.

How will COVID affect the teaching development scholarships?

Many organizations are now providing virtual conference options. Because of the unknowns related to COVID and the uncertainties of travel restrictions, we highly recommend that you consider a virtual option.

How many scholarships will be awarded?

The number of scholarships awards varies from year to year, depending on the quality of scholarship applications, etc. A total of $9,000 may be awarded to all scholarship recipients.

What is the deadline to apply for a scholarship?

The deadline to submit your scholarship application is November 13, 2020.

When will I find out if I received a scholarship?

All applicants will receive an email informing them of the committee's decision. These notification emails will be sent in December.

Presentations from past scholarship recipients:

Stacey Jocoy- Digital Humanities

Kate Peaslee- Connections Across the Classroom

Raychel Vasseur- Interculturality Across the Curriculum

Leigh Kackley- Accessibility for Everyone

2021-2022 Committee Members

Shane Blum (Chair)
Leslie Thompson
Erin Collopy
Breanna Harris
Claudia Cogliser 
Stephanie Jones
Sanjaya Senadheera
Dustin Benham
Jenna LaFreniere 
Stacey Jocoy
Michael Ryan
Jo Langston

For questions about the scholarship, please contact the committee chair, Shane Blum. For any questions about technical aspects of the online application, please contact Kerri Pike.

Past Lawrence Schovanec Teaching Development Scholarship Recipients


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