Teach Access 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

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 $2,000 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 support ways for faculty to incorporate teaching about accessibility into their existing courses, rather than requesting the creation of a completely new course.  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 in the Teach Access Curriculum Repository. Awardees are also encouraged to present their innovative work at conferences, symposia, and workshops.

Teach Access is committed to equity and supporting a variety of faculty and institutions. Faculty from a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU), Community College (CC), and/or Tribal College and University (TCU) are highly encouraged to apply. 

Faculty Grant Funding and Support

Financial support for the awards is being provided through sponsorship from corporate partners of Teach Access. Award payments will funnel to educators through their universities and colleges fiscal office. Teach Access faculty grants do not allow the charge of any indirect institutional costs. Total funding may not exceed $2,000. 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 materials and supplies, or other project expenses.

Outfitters4 (https://www.outfitters4.com/) operates as the finance department for Teach Access and will be managing the dispersal of funds.

Measuring Results

Upon completion of teaching the course(s) awarded a grant, 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 faculty grant project and its effectiveness.
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.

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’ resources for creating accessible courses.
  • Course materials will be posted to the Teach Access Curriculum Repository. 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.
  • Grant awardees will be required to submit a final report. This final report should include a description of your curriculum development, student outcomes, institutional impact, explanation of how you shared your curricular changes, and an evaluation of the project process and effectiveness. 

2023 Past Teach Access Grant Winners

For the 2023-2024 academic year, 19 recipients were awarded $1,000-$5,000 to support the creation and delivery of accessibility-infused college curricula.

  • Katherine Aquino, St. John’s University 
  • Nicole Brown, Western Washington University
  • Karen Caldwell, SUNY Potsdam
  • Pamela Cutter, Kalamazoo College
  • Tanya Darlington, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Renata Endres, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Linqiang Ge, Columbus State University
  • Renuka Kumar, Community College of Baltimore County
  • Kevin Lin, University of Washington
  • Laurie Iunker, San Diego Mesa College
  • Luke Mashburn, Georgia Highlands College
  • Zapoura Newton-Calvert, Portland State University
  • Scott Ortolano, Florida SouthWestern State College
  • Ceceilia Parnther, St. John’s University
  • Diana Ruggiero, University of Memphis
  • JooYoung Seo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Jeremy Shafer, Temple University
  • Tim Urness, Drake University
  • Reba Wissner, Columbus State University
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