Pedagogical Innovations

Valdosta State University

Innovative Design for Excellence in the Academy (IDEA Center)

Scholarship of Teaching

1st Cohort

Program Title:  Pedagogical Innovations for Student Success

Problem Statement:  

Valdosta State University provides higher education opportunities to a large number of individuals. A significant challenge is the number of students that are ill prepared for the college curriculum and have low chances for success. These students are disconnected in the classroom, and do not know how to develop a student culture that will enhance their success. The result is poor attendance and performance in the classroom, and great difficulty in progressing from one year to the next. 


All faculty are encouraged to participate in a program which targets student engagement and performance in the classroom. Faculty are invited to submit proposals for projects aimed at increasing the quality, effectiveness and experiences of students in our college courses. Projects are expected to be associated with current courses offered by the faculty member. 


It is anticipated that a total of 12 projects will be available for funding in summer 2013. Faculty participating in a selected project will receive a stipend of $3000.00. (Faculty’s total summer pay may not exceed 30% of their annual income). This stipend will be awarded in the following manner. 

Summer: $1,000 (June)

Fall: $1,000 (December)

Spring: $1,000 (May)

There are 4 phases to this program. 

Phase I (Spring): 

Apply for funding from the IDEA Center by choosing a course that you are currently teaching and providing a rationale for why it is important that you transform the pedagogy in this course. Examples of reasons for choosing a course might include information on the D, W, F rates in the class, a lack of widespread student engagement in the class, or reduced # of student’s meeting the learning objectives.

Phase II (Summer):

if your project is selected for funding you will be expected to:

  1. Work with a faculty teaching fellow (from the IDEA Center) to write a simple proposal that includes your desired outcome from the project, what baseline data you will collect, the pedagogical strategy (s) that you intend to implement in the course, a brief summary of literature related to the strategy and/or the problem you are addressing, and how you will assess the efficacy of this project. 

Phase III (Fall):

  1. Gather Baseline data before beginning your implementation
  2. Meet regularly with your faculty teaching fellow to discuss the implementation of the project
  3. Join a Professional Teaching and Learning Circle at the IDEA Center, which will serve as an avenue for sharing and disseminating information related to teaching and learning.
  4. Assess the efficacy of the project at the end of the semester

Phase IV (Spring):

  1. Meet with Faculty Teaching Fellow to review the results
  2. Consider implementing again (if course is taught) or consider having a colleague implement (if others are teaching the same course)
  3. Consider writing and submitting an article on your results (scholarship of teaching) 
  4. Continue participation in the Professional Teaching /Learning Circle
  5. Evaluate the resources provided by the I.D.E.A. Center


Phase I: Application deadline................May 3, 2013

Award notification................................June 1, 2013

Phase II: Planning phase...............June - July, 2013

Phase III: Implementation phase..............Fall 2013

Phase IV: Reflection/Replication phase...Spring 2014

Application and Selection Process:

  1. Application deadline: Applications must be received in the Honors College no later than 12 noon on May 3, 2013.
  2. Review process:  Proposals will be reviewed by a committee consisting of the VPAA, Dean of the Honors College, Faculty in Residence (IDEA Center) and members of the Faculty Excellence Initiative

Application Form