President's Teaching & Learning Collaborative
Call for 2015-2016 Research Proposals
The PTLC is a comprehensive, collaborative program that offers access to
supportive expert educational research programs, financial support from the
Office of the President, the campus Provosts, and a structured plan for
completion of a classroom research project. The Collaborative is committed to
establishing the University of Colorado as a leader in research and scholarship
on teaching and learning. The Collaborative will focus on projects
emphasizing student learning and assessing of course learning.
The goals of the collaborative include: fostering inquiry and leadership for the
improvement of student learning, developing and synthesizing knowledge
about learning and teaching through publication in peer-refereed journals in
two years’ time, and promoting institutional change in support of the
scholarship of teaching and learning. To read more about the PTLC, visit: or email [email protected] with any
In addition to individual proposals, the Collaborative wishes to consider
proposals from two Faculty Researchers representing two different disciplines.
Because interdisciplinary research has strong advantages for learners as well
as for innovative pedagogies, we invite them. If accepted, one budget or
$1550 will be allowed and it is the case that the two Faculty Researchers will
teach together in each class as opposed to teaching alone.
Do not apply to the President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative and to
the Teaching Scholar Program, Anschutz Medical Campus simultaneously.
Contents of this document
Who is eligible to apply: Page 2
What are the benefits and expected commitments? Page 2-3
How do I apply? Pages 3-4
Collaborative Timeline: Pages 4-5
PTLC Campus Faculty Coordinators: Pages 5-6
Who is eligible to apply?
All faculty members and teaching professors on any campus of the University
of Colorado are encouraged to apply. We seek faculty with a record of
innovation in teaching and/or assessment of learning as well as those just
beginning to examine their teaching and their student’s learning. Experience
in educational research is not a requirement. The aim of the program is to
broaden participation of faculty in effective inquiry in learning and teaching.
Familiarity with the literature on learning and teaching in one’s discipline is an
ongoing necessity, and the goal of the program is that PTLC participants
publish their research.
You must be a faculty member who is currently engaged in teaching. We do
not accept proposals to evaluate programs.
What are the benefits and expected commitments?
1. Funding from the Office of the President. Faculty Researchers will receive
funding from the Office of the President and campus Provosts totaling
$1,550 for their research that may include a student research assistant and
travel to present one’s research.
2. Meeting with Coach every semester. Each Faculty Researcher accepted into
the Collaborative must meet at least once a semester with her/his Coach
to define, clarify, or revise their research project. The Coach is someone
with experience in researching teaching and learning. This person has
submitted proposals to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) previously and
has experience with that process. In the summer of your acceptance, you
will present the literature review to your coach. Thus, the Faculty
Researcher and Coach will meet one-on-one at least once each semester
to advance the researcher’s project. We ask the applicant to name the
3. Meeting with campus-specific group every month. Faculty Researchers will
meet monthly for progress reporting as a cohort group. Attendance at
these monthly meetings is mandatory for membership in the Collaborative.
Some of these meetings will include instruction in different facets of
education research. Attendance by your Coach is encouraged but not
mandatory. Your Campus Faculty Coordinator will contact you regarding
these schedules.
4. Meeting with entire Collaborative twice a year. The celebration of teaching
and learning meeting to launch the cohort will take place on Monday,
September 14, 2015, from 10:00 to 1:00. The meeting to culminate the
Faculty Researchers’ efforts for the school year will take place on Monday,
May 16, 2015, from 10:00 to 1:00. These two mandatory meetings will be
held at the Anschutz Medical Campus of UC Denver.
5. Approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB process should
begin the summer of application acceptance and completed prior to your
attendance at the launch meeting on Monday September 14, 2015. This
review may take up to six weeks depending on the proposed project. Your
PTLC Coach, Campus Faculty Coordinators, PTLC Campus Librarian
Facilitators, and the director (Mary Ann Shea) should be consulted to assist
in this process. You may not begin collecting data for your research
project prior to gaining IRB approval. For information about the IRB
process on your campus see
6. Submission of a peer-refereed research article. The goal of the
Collaborative is to have submitted a research article to a peer-refereed
journal no later than the PTLC entire-cohort meeting on May 16, 2016. If
you have not submitted an article by that date, you may apply by written
request to extend your time in the Collaborative by one year.
7. Maximum of two years in the Collaborative. Participation as a Faculty
Researcher may include two years’ time at the most. You are expected to
participate for one year (Sept 14, 2015 through May 16, 2016); however,
you may extend your time as a Faculty Researcher by one year if you have
not yet completed your work and submission of a research article to a
peer-refereed journal though there is no additional funding for the second
year. You must formally apply for an extension with Mary Ann Shea at
[email protected] no later than August 1, 2015.
8. Local presentation of PTLC research. During your year(s) of membership as
a Faculty Researcher, the PTLC requires each participant to formally
present their work on their respective campuses. Presentation includes
departmental meetings and campus colloquia, among other venues. This
communicates awareness to peers of both your scholarship and of the
9. Future participation as a Coach. Because the growth of the PTLC depends
on investigators’ willingness to Coach future PTLC investigators following
their term in the program, each researcher is expected to participate as a
Coach in the following year.
How do I apply?
All application materials must be submitted electronically in attached Word or
PDF documents to [email protected] between December 8, 2014, and May
15, 2015.
1. Cover sheet with the following information:
a. Name
b. Job Title and/or Academic Rank
c. Institution
d. College or School
e. Department or program
f. Discipline and/or professional field
g. Campus address
h. City, state, ZIP code
i. Phone numbers (cell and private office line)
j. Email address
k. Title of your proposed project
2. Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae (no more than one page) 3. Letter of proposal (no more than four pages double-spaced and paginated, with your
name in the header of each page) answering the following questions:
a. What is the central question, issue, or problem you plan to explore in your
proposed work?
b. Why is your central question, issue, or problem important to you and to others
who might benefit from or build on your findings?
How do you plan to conduct your investigation? What sources of
evidence do you plan to examine? What methods might you employ to
gather and make sense of this evidence? What literature search have
you completed with a PTLC campus librarian professor and what
literature have you reviewed on your topic?
d. How might you make your work available to others in ways that
facilitate scholarly critique and review, and that contribute to thought
and practice beyond the local? (Keep in mind that coaching/mentoring
will be available to invite you to develop these aspects of your
proposal, so you need not feel you must present a finished project
design at this time.)
e. Include a literature review of the theory and effective teaching practice
of the subject of your inquiry in order to locate your research in the
literature preceding it. (The website,,
offers expert advice on how to conduct a relevant literature review.)
f. What is your record of innovation in teaching and/or the assessment of
4. Agreement to PTLC requirements, with answers to the following questions:
a. Can you attend the required 2015-2016 PTLC Cohort Training on June
24, 2015?
b. Can your coach attend the 2015-2016 PTLC Cohort Training on June
24, 2015?
c. Are you able to meet with your Coach every semester?
d. What is the name and email of your Coach?
e. Can you meet with the campus-specific group every month?
f. Can you attend the two Collaborative-wide meetings this year? They
are September 14, 2015 and May 16, 2016.
g. If your project is selected, are you willing to serve as a coach/mentor in
PTLC in a future year?
h. Is your literature review on your topic completed?
5. A letter of nomination from department chair or unit head (adapted from
the UC Denver School of Medicine)
a. Chair’s contact information
i. Current academic rank
ii. Mailing address
iii. Department
iv. Phone
b. Please indicate ways in which the candidate’s PTLC participation might
benefit the department, including opportunities to share research
results with peers and students.
Collaborative Timeline:
Summer 2015 Friday, May 15, 2015: Proposals due to PTLC
Monday, June 1, 2015: Notification of acceptance to PTLC
June 22, 2015: Required 2015-2016 PTLC Cohort Training 10:00-1:00
Complete the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Process, including
completing the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
Fall 2015
Sept 14, 2015: Required launch meeting and Poster Session, Anschutz
Campus 10:00-1:00 p.m.
Spring 2016
May 16, 2016: Required cohort meeting and Poster Session, 10:00
a.m.-1:00 pm
Summer 2016 August 1, 2016: Extension requests due to Mary Ann Shea at
[email protected]
PTLC Campus Faculty Coordinators
Professor Suzanne MacAulay
Art History
[email protected]
Alison Hicks
University Libraries
[email protected]
Assistant Professor David Rickels
Music Education
[email protected]
UCD – Downtown campus
Associate Professor Donna Sobel
Center for Faculty Development
[email protected]
Associate Dean Kari Franson
School of Pharmacy
[email protected]
PTLC Campus Librarian Facilitators
Associate Professor Sue Byerley
Kraemer Family Library
[email protected]
Assistant Professor Caroline Sinkinson
University Libraries
[email protected]
UCD – Downtown campus
Orlando Archibeque
Auraria Library
[email protected]
UCD – Anschutz Medical Campus
Assistant Professor Lisa Traditi
Health Sciences Library
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President`s Teaching & Learning Collaborative Call for 2015