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.

Call for Proposals

Reminder: These awards are intended for the introduction and promotion of accessibility knowledge in course content (also known as “teaching accessibility”) and not for the accessibility retrofit or remediation of existing instructional materials or content (also known as “teaching accessibly”).

Faculty Grant Frequently Asked Questions

Overview

Technology industry representatives, academic partners, and leaders of major disability advocacy organizations have joined together to implement meaningful mechanisms for achieving our mission (view Teach Access supporters and contributors). Together, we believe that a more technologically accessible future depends on the creation of an accessibility-aware workforce, starting with post-secondary learning opportunities.

To accelerate the creation and delivery of accessibility-infused college curricula, Teach Access will be providing direct awards to full-time, part-time, adjunct faculty, or instructional staff at US-based institutions of higher education (community colleges, two-year colleges/universities, and four-year universities). Awards of $2,500-$5,000 each will be given to faculty to develop modules, presentations, exercises or curriculum enhancements or changes that introduce the fundamental concepts and skills of accessible design and development into their existing courses.

The awards are intended to foster innovative ways of incorporating the teaching of accessible technology into existing courses, rather than triggering development of completely new courses. To expand the impact of the awards, award recipients will be required to present their work at appropriate venues within their institutions as well as publicly on the Teach Access website. Awardees are also encouraged to present their innovative work at conferences, symposia, and workshops.

New for 2022: Two Additional Resources for Faculty Grant Applicants


Faculty Grant Information Session

March 29, 2022 at 1:00 pm EST

Join Teach Access for a Faculty Grant Information Session via Zoom! Executive Director Kate Sonka will provide an overview of the Faculty Grant program, followed by break out sessions with Teach Access volunteers who can answer your questions about the application process. Please register in advance for this meeting. Captioning and ASL interpreting will be provided.

Register for Faculty Grant Information Session


Enroll in the Teach Access 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

Measuring results

Upon completion of their courses, faculty awardees will provide summary reports on their curriculum development, student outcomes, institutional response, and the perceived effectiveness of their presentations as well as an evaluation of the Curriculum Development project and its effectiveness. Based on periodic outreach and these final reports, these evaluations will determine whether and how the Curriculum Development awards will be expanded in subsequent years.

Pre- and post-testing of students’ knowledge about the subject matter will be required of award recipients, with Teach Access providing a small, basic set of key questions. 

Teach Access maintains a database of awardees’ newly enhanced curricula which will include detailed information on the development and presentation of the material. The project will track the use of the database by other faculty at other institutions and will request reporting of curriculum material use by visitors to the site.

Students who have been exposed to inclusive design and development concepts through this project will be invited to join an online community with Teach Access industry members for future job opportunities, for networking among the students themselves, and for determining whether and how the students’ exposure to inclusive curricula is being carried into their professional and post-graduate work lives.

Ultimately, the project’s success will be measured by the level of accessibility of technology introduced into the market in the coming years and decades.

Required activities and deliverables

  • It is the expectation that course materials developed as a result of these awards will be accessible (following WCAG 2.1 standards) and made broadly available. Please see Teach Access’s resources for creating accessible courses.
  • Course materials will be posted to a Teach Access public repository currently under construction and slated to be operational during summer 2022. Materials will be posted with a Creative Commons license allowing for use by other faculty, so long as proper citation has been given to the original author.
  • Award recipients will be required to show evidence that they have made at least one presentation of their new course components to other faculty and administrators within their institutions, via appropriate mechanisms such as faculty meetings, school-wide presentations, department meetings, central curriculum-sharing tools, or similar means.
  • Pre- and post-testing of student knowledge of accessibility information will be required of award recipients; Teach Access will provide the set of key questions about technology accessibility to be administered to students. Results of the tests will be made available to each grantee, and answers will be anonymous and will not be used to determine student grades for their respective courses.
  • Faculty awardees will be asked to submit to Teach Access a summary report on their curriculum development, student outcomes, institutional impact, and the perceived effectiveness of their presentations as well as an evaluation of the award project process and its effectiveness.

Outreach and tracking of effects

  • Teach Access members will promote the awards and recipients on social media platforms, the Teach Access mailing list, and the Teach Access website.
  • Faculty will not be expected to track students post-graduation; however, industry members of Teach Access will offer to accept resumes and contact information from students for possible future employment opportunities and ongoing research.

Project funding and support

  • Financial support for the awards is being provided through sponsorship from corporate members of Teach Access.
  • Award payments will funnel to faculty through their universities and colleges. Teach Access faculty grants do not allow the charge of any indirect institutional costs. Total funding may not exceed $5,000. These funds may be used in flexible ways to support staff salary and benefits, summer salary, extra-contract work, or student employees. Funds can also support travel, materials and supplies, or other project expenses.
  • Teaching resources (standards, guidelines, and best practices) are available on the Teach Access website to assist awardees in their course enhancement activities.
  • Outfitters4 operates as the finance department for Teach Access and will be managing the dispersal of funds.
  • Teach Access will create opportunities for collaboration among awardees.

Limitations

  • Awards are not intended to trigger development of completely new courses but rather innovative ways of incorporating the fundamentals into existing courses.
  • No institutional overhead or indirect costs will be allowed.
  • Proposals must include an explanation of how award funds will be spent, and award recipients will be expected to use the funds appropriately to further the mission of Teach Access.
  • These awards are intended for the introduction and promotion of accessibility knowledge in course content. It is not the intent of these funds to be used solely for the accessibility retrofit or remediation of existing instructional materials or content. Award recipients are expected to produce materials that conform to established accessibility standards. Please see Teach Access’s resources for creating accessible courses
  • If award recipients do not teach the courses proposed for enhancement, do not administer the pre-/post-surveys, and/or fail to provide a final report Teach Access reserves the right to rescind the funds.

Principal Point of Contact and FAQs

For all questions related to this competition, please email facultygrants@teachaccess.org. Teach Access will maintain a public list of questions and answers during the application period, for any questions not already answered in this document.

Please also check out our frequently asked questions

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.

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 2022-2023 academic year. Teach Access reserves the right to rescind award funds if your course is not taught in this timeframe.

Timeline

  • Monday, March 14, 2022: Call for Proposals opens
  • Friday, April 15, 2022: Applications due (form closes at 5 pm PT)
  • Wednesday, April 20 to Wednesday May 11, 2022: Teach Access reviews submissions
  • Friday, May 13, 2022: Teach Access notifies selected faculty grant awardees. Awardees must reply by Tuesday, May 17 to confirm their acceptance of the grant.
  • Thursday, May 19, 2022: Teach Access publicly announces awardees (on Global Accessibility Awareness Day!)

To Apply

  1. First, read our Frequently Asked Questions
  2. Then, review the list of application questions at the bottom of this page and prepare your answers.
  3. Once you have prepared your answers to the application questions, submit your Faculty Grant application form by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on Friday, April 15, 2022 (note: Note: you must be logged in using a Google account in order to complete this form.)
Faculty Grant Application Form

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: