• Innovations in Education Fund

    The Innovations in Education Fund (IEF) provides support for New School faculty in their work as innovators in the areas of curriculum and pedagogy. Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded on a competitive basis for projects that promote innovative methods of teaching, learning, and/or evaluation.

    This year, priority will be given to the following:

    • Proposals that are related to The New School’s Shared Capacities initiative, the university’s approach to undergraduate general education, which focuses on the competencies or skills that students should have developed by the time they graduate. Proposed projects might, for example, creatively foster and promote discipline-specific learning outcomes based on Shared Capacities, especially those that respond to gaps in the university’s curriculum, such as quantitative reasoning and scientific literacy, or develop scalable resources that would supplement or be integrated into existing courses (e.g., online modules, in-person workshops, written materials that complement course assignments, and guidelines for faculty).
    • Proposals that encourage collaboration among faculty from different schools and facilitate cross-college registration among students. Examples might include team-taught or linked courses, collaborative student projects, and other curricular initiatives that use multiple disciplinary methods and approaches. Proposals of this kind should have the support of all schools involved.

    What does the fund support?

    The IEF supports faculty in their work as innovators in curriculum and pedagogy at the undergraduate and graduate levels and in online, experiential, and lifelong learning. Funds support collaboration with colleagues and/or students; activities such as research, travel, educational media design, and production; and other projects designed to enrich students' learning experiences. Travel may also be funded if it is a necessary feature of a project and will have a demonstrable benefit for campus-based activities.

    Priority is given to praxis-oriented proposals that include one or more of the following features:

    • An active engagement with one or more Shared Capacities; proposed projects might, for example, creatively foster and promote discipline-specific learning outcomes based on Shared Capacities, especially those that respond to gaps in the university's curriculum, or develop scalable resources that would supplement or be integrated into existing courses (e.g., online modules, in-person workshops, written materials that complement course assignments, and guidelines for faculty)
    • Project-based learning that emphasizes real-world engagement
    • Authentic assessment techniques such as performance assessment, electronic learning portfolios, and self-assessment that reflect students' learning, achievement, motivation, and attitudes
    • Collaborative projects that include at least two New School faculty members from different schools and programs

    While faculty members are encouraged to apply for any project that fits the criteria described above, consideration will be given primarily to those proposals that suggest a template for long-term adoption by the university.

    Many submitted proposals focus on advancing engaged learning and/or public scholarship. Faculty submitting such proposals are also invited to be featured on The New School Collaboratory, which provides a means for faculty to showcase their work and connect with others, at The New School or beyond, who are interested in engaged learning and public scholarship. Eligible projects reflect all or most of the following criteria:

    • Engages external communities and/or institutional partners
    • Creates knowledge that engages and affects broader publics and/or communities
    • Orients toward creating a more just, resilient, and equitable society
    • Advances project-based and experiential pedagogy
    • Connects to or has the potential to connect to the curriculum and engages students

    Projects will be considered for the Collaboratory platform regardless of Innovation in Education Fund (IEF) funding decisions. In order to be featured on the Collaboratory Platform, please complete this form. Eligible faculty will be contacted once the form is received.

    If you have any questions or are interested in reviewing project proposals, please contact the Office of Faculty Development at FacDevNet@newschool.edu.

    Recent IEF projects

    A list of recent IEF projects is available here.

  • How to Apply


    Applicant Eligibility

    This funding program is open to principal members of the full-time faculty, including those faculty with the following full-time appointments: tenure, tenure track, extended employment, extended employment track, and renewable term appointment. Full-time faculty based in Parsons Paris are also eligible. The fund is also open to part-time faculty members with post-probationary, annual, multi-year, or grandparented status as defined by the ACT-UAW contract and to AFM Local 802 part-time faculty with a minimum of four semesters of classroom appointments. Visiting faculty, faculty in the final year of a fixed-term contract, postdoctoral fellows, and university administrators are ineligible to apply for funding. Applicants may submit only one application to the IEF annually — i.e., applicants may not appear on more than one proposal application.

    Project Eligibility

    The IEF supports innovative curricular or pedagogical projects. Funds may be used to design and prototype new projects or to assess or implement existing initiatives on a wider scale. The IEF is not intended to support normal activities associated with the development of new courses or syllabi. Proposals for projects that have been funded by the IEF in previous award years are eligible, provided that the proposed project will entail some significant new element.

    Application Process

    The deadline to submit the application for the 2018-2019 Innovations in Education Fund is Friday, March 2, 2018. All materials must be submitted electronically to FacDevNet@newschool.edu. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged via email. Materials sent after the deadline will not be considered. Awardees will be notified via their New School email by late May 2018. Applicants may only submit one proposal per round. For applications submitted by a team, one team member must be identified as the principal applicant.

    Review Process

    A university-wide faculty review committee, including past IEF grantees, will review applications submitted by the deadline. Finalists will be contacted by email and, in some cases, be asked to provide additional information about their project. Unsuccessful grant applicants will be notified and may re-apply for the Innovations in Education Fund in the following year.

    Project proposals will be reviewed and ranked on the following criteria: scalability, innovation, praxis orientation, and budget specificity and comprehensiveness. Proposals should also be thoughtfully crafted and clearly written. Priority will be given to projects that engage with the university’s Shared Capacities Initiative.
    Reporting Requirements

    The final narrative report is due by September 1, 2019.

    The Office of the Provost requires a final report at the end of the project period, which should include:

    • Final results and accomplishments of your project;
    • A record of your reflections on the impact this project has had on your professional development, the university community, your classes, and your department or college; and,
    • Suggestions for changes in the IEF grant program.

    In addition, include any materials that are products of the work of your project. You will also be invited to share your results with colleagues through a talk, discussion, or other means of dissemination.


    Application Deadline

    March 2, 2018

    Awards announced

    Late May 2018

    Earliest start date for funded projects

    July 1, 2018

    Completion date for funded projects

    June 30, 2019

    Reporting deadline

    September 1, 2019