Hrabowski Fund Supports Innovating Teaching by Faculty and Staff

20130827_170142Delana Gregg is an academic advisor at UMBC’s Honors College

UMBC has announced the Hrabowski Fund for Innovation Award 2013-14 competition, with proposal deadlines of October 11, 2013 and February 14, 2014.

I am excited that this round of the competition for innovative approaches to increase the success of undergraduate and graduate students is open to both faculty and full-time staff.  Project budgets from $3.500 to $25,000 can be proposed, and the Faculty Development Center is available to work with faculty or staff as they develop their ideas for projects. Previous Hrabowski Fund for Innovation grants have funded innovative projects in teaching and learning that impact society and improve our community, such as:

The Wisdom Institute
A team led by Craig Saper, professor and director of UMBC’s language, literacy and culture (LLC) program, will create an institute to expand the role for emeritus professors at UMBC.   The program’s success relies on the rich resource of civic engagement by our emeritus professors and the life lessons they can share with workshop participants, particularly current UMBC students.

Service Learning in Statics
Studies show that part of a student’s motivation to study engineering derives from the belief that engineering positively contributes to the welfare of society.  A team led by Anne Spence, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, will develop new service-learning requirements for undergraduates studying mechanical engineering, with a particular focus on identifying components that increase retention and student success.

Hrabowski Fund for InnovationThe Hrabowski Fund for Innovation honors President Hrabowski’s 20 years of service to UMBC by investing in the future of our university. In 2011, Dr. Hrabowski received the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Academic Leadership Award, one of the highest honors given to an educator. The award included a $500,000 grant, which he has directed to promote a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship and student success at UMBC.

I hope that faculty and staff wanting to work with students to make a meaningful difference for Baltimore, Maryland and the nation will take advantage of this opportunity.

Check out more information about applying for a grant here.  Contact Delana Gregg at

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