Wig Grants (Curriculum, Teaching, & Pedagogy)
Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Wig established the "Distinguished Professorship Endowment Fund" in 1955 to further the teaching mission of the College. This fund is used to support the Wig Distinguished Professorship awards, to help subsidize sabbatical salaries, and to facilitate the biannual trustee-faculty retreat. It is also used to support pedagogical and curricular innovation through grants for auditing, course development, teaching innovation, and travel to teaching conferences. These grants are available to all tenure-track faculty and full-time faculty on multiyear contracts. Under exceptional circumstances, funds permitting, applications will be considered from full-time visiting faculty on one-year appointments.
Please note that ongoing and regular expenses associated with a class should be covered by departmental or program budgets. Wig grants are for one-time costs associated with teaching, developing a new course, extensively revising an old course, or making innovations in an existing course.
For information about Wig grants, please contact Janise Roselle, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, by email or ext. 71747.
Curriculum Development Grants (Application Window: Late February – April 5)
A number of grants, usually ranging from $500 to $3,000, are awarded by the Teaching & Learning Committee for the development or substantial revision of courses. These grants are meant to reimburse faculty for items such as books, videos and software (up to $500); student assistants (up to $1000); travel for the applicant (up to $1,000); honoraria for training the faculty member; and conference or workshop registration fees related to preparation for the course (up to $500).
The Teaching & Learning Committee gives priority to faculty who will be developing new courses or substantially revising existing ones, to faculty who have not received Wig funds for course development in the preceding two years, and to junior faculty.
Applications will be available during the application window listed above and the deadline is April 5, 2021. Applicants should indicate if they have received a Wig grant in the past two years and, if so, the curricular results. Please submit proposals through the online application during the open application period, late February to early April. The Teaching & Learning Committee will review the proposals in April, and awardees will be notified after the May Board of Trustees meetings. Please note these awards are approved by the Pomona College Board of Trustees and recipients will be notified by the end of May. Awards will become effective July 1, 2021 and must be spent by June 30, 2022.
Anticipated total funds available: $35,000
Application deadline: April 5, 2021. Applications not accepted after this date.
The College has some funds for confidential, one-on-one consultants to observe a faculty member’s classes and then offer advice on pedagogy, teaching techniques, and classroom management. To apply, send a brief note to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Janise Roselle, providing the name and contact information of the potential consultant.
Teaching Innovation Grants (Wig Fund)
Small grants (up to $1,000) are available throughout the year to enhance the teaching of a particular course. This fund is meant to cover curricular needs that are unexpected and that therefore cannot be met within a departmental budget or through application for a Curriculum Development Grant. Items that have been funded in the past include books, honoraria/meals/lodging for in-class speakers, films, computer software, and student assistants.
There are no deadlines; applications are accepted so long as funds remain. Please fill out an application for Teaching Innovation Grant.
Anticipated total funds available: $50,000
Travel to Teaching Conferences
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all college travel is suspended, and no college funding will cover travel expenses. These grants can be used for registration for virtual/online conferences.
These grants are available to faculty traveling to conferences that focus specifically on pedagogy or curriculum development. While one might argue that any professional conference may help improve one's teaching, attendance at conferences that focus on a particular area of research or that serve as the annual meetings of a particular discipline are usually not funded.
The grants will normally cover the registration fee; travel reimbursement limited to the lowest round-trip coach/economy fare available (up to $750 for domestic flights); lodging at the equivalent cost of a business hotel (up to $600 total); and the GSA-established per diem rate for meals and incidentals. Find more information on per diem rates on the GSA travel website.
Recipients of grants must submit a brief report on the conference and how it contributed to their teaching effectiveness and/or to the curriculum; the Dean's Office will share these reports with the Wig Fund for Teaching Committee of the Board of Trustees. Failure to submit a report may impact the success of future applications for Wig funding.
There are no deadlines; applications are accepted so long as funds remain.
Please fill out an application for a Travel To Teaching Conferences Grant.
Anticipated total funds available: $15,000
Hahn Teaching with Technology Grants
Please visit the Hahn Teaching with Technology Program website for more information.