Teach Access Faculty Grants

To accelerate the creation and delivery of accessibility-infused college curricula, Teach Access provides monetary awards to higher education faculty to develop curriculum enhancements that introduce the fundamental concepts and skills of accessibility into their existing courses.

Overview

Since 2018, Teach Access has provided direct awards to full-time, part-time, adjunct faculty, and instructional staff at US-based institutions of higher education (community colleges, two-year colleges/universities, and four-year universities). Awards are given to faculty to develop modules, presentations, exercises, and curriculum enhancements that introduce the fundamental concepts and skills of accessible design and development into their existing courses rather than requiring instructors to develop completely new courses.

To expand the impact of the awards, faculty grantees are asked to present their work within their institutions. Awardees are also encouraged to present their innovative work at conferences, symposia, and workshops. To date, Teach Access has awarded $240,000 in grants.

Faculty Grant Canvas Site

Want to learn more about faculty grants?

Register for the Faculty Grant Information Canvas Site to hear from former grant recipients, see examples of funded projects, and connect with other applicants. Note: If you haven’t already created a free Canvas Teacher account, you will need to create one and use those credentials to log in to the Faculty Grant Information Canvas site (not a Canvas account associated with a university). For help with accessing the pages please contact Judi Cook (cookju@tcnj.edu).

Register for Faculty Grant Information Canvas Site

 

Faculty Grant Eligibility

Faculty members (full-time, part-time, or adjunct) or instructional staff who meet following criteria:

  • Have read our FAQs page
  • Instructor of an existing course in computer science, design, user experience research, human-computer interaction, or related field (see our FAQs for more information about “related fields”)
  • Instructor at a two- or four-year university or college in the United States
  • Preference will be given to instructors who have not received a past Teach Access Faculty Grant. If you are a previous grantee and you wish to receive consideration for this round of awards, you may submit an application for a different course than previously awarded.
  • Planning to teach this course in the 2023-2024 academic year. Teach Access reserves the right to rescind award funds if your course is not taught in this timeframe.

Timeline

  • Mid-March 2023: Call for Proposals opens
  • Mid-May 2023: Teach Access notifies selected faculty grant awardees.
  • Thursday, May 18, 2023: Teach Access publicly announces awardees (on Global Accessibility Awareness Day!)

Criteria for Selection

Submissions will be judged on impact, outreach, sustainability, and evaluation plans. Faculty who have not taught accessibility topics in their courses before are particularly encouraged to apply.

 

Faculty Grant Frequently Asked Questions

Application Questions

Review the list of application questions and prepare your responses.

Faculty Grant Course Materials

The Teach Access Faculty Grants program has resulted in the creation of hundreds of new course materials by our grantees, as well as several research papers. The database of course materials is linked below, followed by research papers written by past grantees.

Previous Awardees

Round 1 – Fall 2018-Spring 2020

During Round 1 of our Curriculum Development Awards Program (for courses taught in Fall 2018-Spring 2020), Teach Access awarded 19 grants of $5,000 each to the following faculty:

Round 2- Fall 2020-Spring 2021

During Round 2 of our Curriculum Development Awards Program (for courses taught in Fall 2020-Spring 2021), Teach Access awarded 10 grants of $5,000 each to the following faculty:

Round 3- Fall 2021-Spring 2022

During Round 3 of our Curriculum Development Awards Program (for courses taught in Fall 2021-Spring 2022), Teach Access awarded 10 grants of $5,000 each to the following faculty:

Round 4- Fall 2022-Spring 2023

During Round 4 of our Curriculum Development Awards Program (for courses taught in Fall 2022-Spring 2023), Teach Access awarded 9 grants of $5,000 each to the following faculty: