December 2008 Issue • Volume 36 • Issue 9

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Call for Proposals . . .

ASA Teaching Enhancement Fund Small Grants Program

Deadline: February 2, 2009

Applications are being accepted for the ASA Teaching Enhancement Fund (TEF). This small grants program supports teaching projects that advance the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) within the discipline of sociology. The Carnegie Foundation has defined SoTL as “problem posing about an issue of teaching or learning, study of the problem through methods appropriate to the disciplinary epistemologies, applications of results to practice, communication of results, self-reflection, and peer review” (2001).

TEF small grants can support an individual, a program, a department, or a committee of a state/regional association. ASA will award up to two grants, each up to $2,000. Principal criteria for the award are: The project advances the teaching and learning of sociology, serves as a seed project that will continue to have an impact over time, and will be systemic in its impact. The criteria are intentionally flexible in order to accommodate innovative proposals.

Limited to a maximum of five pages, proposals should: (a) describe the project, including the problem it addresses, the approach to addressing the problem and the empirical basis for evaluating that approach, (b) briefly locate the project in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning literature as well as other relevant literature, (c) include a detailed budget, and (d) describe the expected benefits of the project, including systemic impacts.

ASA membership is not a criterion for application or selection for this grant; however, recipient(s) must be an ASA member by the time ASA grants the award. ASA membership involves acceptance of and adherence to the ASA Code of Ethics. Grantees must also provide documentation of pertinent IRB approval for the funded project. Applications from all sub-areas of the discipline are welcome.

Send applications to: American Sociological Association, Academic and Professional Affairs Program, 1430 K Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005. Notification of awards will be sent out April 2009. For more information about TEF and application materials, visit or e-mail


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