The Nord Family Foundation is a successor to a charitable trust established in 1952 by the entrepreneur and industrialist Walter G. Nord. Mr. Nord and his family believed that it was both responsible and prudent for a business to invest in the community it served. Two of Mr. Nord’s children, Evan and Eric Nord, were early donors to UCITE, and they sponsored the Nord Grant program to promote faculty innovation in teaching.
Nord Grants are one-year awards which support UCITE’s goal of empowering people to learn through the development of innovative faculty teaching and research projects that directly benefit student learning. Projects may be created by individual faculty members or in collaboration with others, including members of educational and cultural institutions external to CWRU.
Successful proposals typically include at least one of the following approaches:
- the development of innovative teaching methods or instructional tools;
- technological innovations to assist with student learning; and/or
- the creation or revision of courses.
Use of grant funding within these proposals may include, but is not limited to:
- innovative application of technology to deepen student learning;
- inter- and trans-disciplinary collaborations to create student learning opportunities beyond the classroom environment;
- presentation at a conference associated with teaching, education, or student learning;
- visiting scholars who will address issues related to teaching and learning; and
- creation of research communities consisting of CWRU faculty and students (undergraduate or graduate), focusing on a specific issue related to teaching and learning.
- Nord Grants have no fixed financial parameters. Project support is commensurate with provided justification. Priority is given to faculty who have not previously been awarded a Nord Grant.
- Grant funding is provided for one-year, with the possibility of extension.
- Awards are given twice yearly, with starting dates of January 1 and July 1.
Full-time CWRU faculty who intend to maintain university employment for a substantial period of time are eligible to apply for a Nord Grant. Visiting faculty, SAGES Fellows, and graduate students are not typically eligible unless their activities can be demonstrated to benefit CWRU students after the grant recipient has left the university.
Fellowship applications consist of two parts: an online form and a PDF submission. The application window for the January 2020 awards will open September 1, 2019.
Part 1: online form
Complete an online form that provides UCITE with necessary contact information. The contact form will be made available on September 1, 2019.
Part 2: PDF submission
Compile the following documents in the order below into one PDF. The PDF should be no longer than five pages unless additional materials are required.
- Project Description (two pages) Offer a brief statement of the purpose, rationale, and scope of the project, and the reason a grant must be used instead of or in addition to department/school funds. This portion should include the components listed below.
- Student Impact: a detailed explanation of how this project will impact student learning
- Professional Impact: a description of how this project will help you continue to develop as a professional educator
- Metrics and Data collection: outcome measurement objectives and data collection plan
- Department Contact: the contact information for your department administrator/grant or business manager
- Budget (one page). An example for the budget page is given here.
- Letter of Support (one page)
- Include a letter from your department chair, indicating their initial review of your proposal and budget. The chair should comment on your proposed project timeline, the possibility of departmental or outside financial support, and the overall practicality of the proposal. The chair should also indicate support for the budget, including the total funding amount.
- Curriculum Vitae (one page)
Additional Pages (as needed). Letters of support are requested, as appropriate, from university resources. These types of letters are necessary to acknowledge collaborative support of your proposal from other units within the university. For example, if you are planning a new interdisciplinary course or research project, you might include a letter from the other department(s) involved, demonstrating support for your proposal. Include these additional signed letters of support in an appendix after the curriculum vitae.
PUBLIC DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS
Proposals (including budget) will be publicly accessible. Accepting an award means the proposer agrees, unless explicitly requested otherwise.
Budgets must conform with the rules of the proposer's department and school, as well as those of the university. Grant applicants must check with appropriate entities to be sure their items meet such criteria before submitting the budget. UCITE approves a proposal on the basis of its appropriateness. UCITE approval does not imply conformance to university rules (such as the need to obtain IRB approval); the proposal author is responsible for checking and complying with such rules. The budget should list the titles and amounts of any prior Nord Grants received by the requester. Support for the budget, including the total funding amount, should be included in the letter from the department chair (or other appropriate supervisory authority in schools where there is not a department structure).
FYI: Public Disclosure
- Proposals (including budget) will be publicly accessible. Accepting an award means the proposer agrees, unless explicitly requested otherwise.
- Nord Grant recipients will collaborate with UCITE in publicizing their project to the CWRU community through our website and other appropriate venues.
- Within two months after the award period ends, the grant recipient must file a report with UCITE (approximately 300 words) that contains project accomplishments, including impact on student learning. The report will be published in UCITE’s annual report.
- Recipients must also file a brief summary of budget expenditures, to be kept on file.
At the end of each academic year, Nord Grant recipients will give a short public presentation at a UCITE Innovation Forum.
Publicity and Acknowledgements
- Any resulting publications and presentations should acknowledge the support of UCITE. For example, “The author of this publication received financial support from a CWRU UCITE Nord Grant for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.”
- Please submit electronic copies of any publications.
- Nord Grant recipients may be invited to record brief comments about their project for the UCITE website or other university publicity purposes.
Nord Grants Awarded
The following faculty were awarded grants to fund the listed proposals.
|January, 2017||Lauren Calandruccio||Psychological Sciences and Communication Sciences||2,000||Using the Immersive Hearing Loss and Prosthesis Simulator (i-HeLPS) to Improve Learning in Communication Sciences|
|January, 2017||Vincent Graziano||Math||4,000||Developing Software to Increase Student Engagement in Mathematics|
|January, 2017||James Overholser||
|3,240||Teaching Psychological Topics Through Classroom Discussion, Games and Activities|
|January, 2017||Alp Sehirlioglu||
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
|6,000||Introduction of Holographic Teaching in Materials Science|
|January, 2017||Rekha Srinivasan||Chemistry||2,600||
Novel Hierarchical approach to flipped class-room involving graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants with peer-peer learning-Phase II
|January, 2017||Horst von Recum||Biomedical Engineering||$5,200||
Evaluating the effect of academic technology on student learning outcomes
|January, 2016||Lauren Calandruccio||Psychological Sciences and Communication Sciences||$920||Enhancing Classroom Education for Undergraduate Students in Communication Sciences|
|January, 2016||Vincent Graziano||Mathematics and Applied Statistics||$2,118||Streamlining Lectures for Undergraduate Students in Mathematics|
|January, 2016||Paul Iversen||Classics||$8,200||Experiential Learning in Field Archaeology and Epigraphy|
|January, 2016||Amy Przeworski, Marc Buchner||Psychological Sciences||$6,940||Comparing Augmented Reality vs Virtual Reality in Psychological Sciences Research|
|January, 2016||David Preston||Neurology||$4,025||Neuroimaging in Neurology|
|January, 2016||Silvia Saccon||Mathematics and Applied Statistics||$1115||
Implementing Inquiry-Orientated Curricula for Advanced Mathematics
|January, 2015||Megan Holmes and Zoe Breen Wood||MSASS||$5000||
Evaluating the effect of academic technology on student learning outcomes
|January, 2015||Cheryl Killion||Nursing||$1415||Attend a seminar on teaching using the case method|
|January, 2015||Scott Simpson||Anatomy||$7380||Developing a 3D atlas of human and primate skeletal materials|
|January, 2014||Chris Fietkiewicz||Electrical Engineering and Computer Science||$3500|
|January, 2014||Masahiro Heima||Dentistry||$3950||Behavioral Science Course in Dental Fear and Anxiety|
|January, 2014||Daniel Lacks||Chemical Engineering||$4000||International Engineering Entrepreneurship Course Offering in Developing Countries|
|July, 2014||Corbin Covault||Physics||$5040||Towards A Flipped Classroom for Introductory Physics|
|July, 2014||David Hammack||History||$3000||U.S. History for International Students|
|July, 2014||Mingguo Hong||Electrical Engineering and Computer Science||$4070||Software for Power Systems Analysis|
|July, 2014||Barbara Kuemerle||Biology||$5000||A Longitudinal Study to Assess LearningRetention|
|July, 2014||Rekha Srinivasan||Chemistry||$900||Active Learning in Organic Chemistry|
|July, 2014||Nicole Steinmetz||Biomedical Engineering||$5000||Nanoman II|
|January, 2013||Nicole Steinmetz||Biomedical Engineering||$5000||Nanoman|
|January, 2013||Jing Li||Electrical Engineering and Computer Science||$3223||App Development for iOS|
|January, 2013||Lisa Koops||Music||$4000||Center in Music and Teaching|
|January, 2013||Susan Case||Political Science||$4000||Outcome Learning Assessment, SAGES|
|January, 2013||Tatiana Zilotina||Modern Languages and Literature||$1800||Russian for Heritage Speakers|
|January, 2013||Jeffrey Ullom||Theater||$2000||Musical Theater, SAGES|
|July, 2013||John Fredieu||Anatomy||$5450||3-D Modeling of Anatomical Structures|
|July, 2013||Noelle Giuffrida||Art History||$2681||Issues in the Arts of China: Chinese Contemporary Art|
|July, 2013||Charles Tannenbaum||Molecular Medicine||$4000||Initiation of a Laboratory Component for Molecular Methods and Tools|
|January, 2013||Todd Oakley||Cognitive Science||$3425||Autism, Intersubjectivity & Language|
|January, 2013||Peter Zimmerman||International Health, Genetics and Biology||$5000||Whole Genome Sequencing and Bioinformatic Analyses to Undergraduate Students|
|January, 2012||Kelly McMann||Political Science||$2000||Understanding Democratization through Original Data Analysis|
|January, 2012||Peter Yang||Modern Languages and Literature||$5500||Independent Study in Chinese (CHIN 399)|
|July, 2012||T. J. McCallum||Psychological Sciences||$1944.50||Aging and Functional Change|
|July, 2012||Michael Pollino||Psychological Sciences||$3507||Experiential Learning of Structural Systems for Undergraduate Engineering Students|
|January, 2011||Linda Ehrlich||Modern Languages and Literature||$2493||Topics in World Literature (WLIT) 390: ShadowPlay (An Interdisciplinary course)|
|January, 2011||John Fredieu||Anatomy||$5520||Specimen Conservation for Anatomy 491|
|January, 2011||Dan Lacks||Chemical Engineering||$2500||ENGR 225B: "Thermodynamics, Fluid Dynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer (in Botswana)"|
|January, 2011||Jenifer Neils||Art History||$1850||Parthenon Frieze Video Project|
|July, 2011||Celeste Alfes||Nursing||$2500||Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators|
|July, 2011||Ricardo Apostol||Classics||$5669||Greece Classics Seminar, American School of Classical Studies|
|July, 2011||Patrizia Bonaventura||Psychology||$2012||Instrumental Measurements in Speech Science|
|July, 2011||Mary Grimm||English||$1325||ENGL 376 Studies in Genre: Urban Fantasy|
|July, 2011||Dan Lacks||Chemical Engineering||$2000||Collaboration with the University of Dakar, Senegal|
|July, 2010||Darin Croft||Anatomy||$2030||Creating a guide to skull identification of the main mammal groups|
|July, 2010||Paul Iversen||Classics||$5440||Experiential learning course on Landscape Archaeology and Epigraphy|
|July, 2010||Carol Savrin||Nursing||$2099||Study of clicker effectiveness in nursing school courses|
|July, 2010||Robert Spadoni||English||$1250||Materials to develop a course and text on early horror films|
|July, 2010||Gary Wnek||Biomedical Engineering||$5000||Support for course in biomedical design|