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Liberty University Teaching Grants

  • Impact Professional Development Grants for Residential Adjunct Faculty

Deadline to apply for the grant is Nov. 30.

About the Impact Professional Development Grants for Residential Adjunct Faculty:

“Impact Professional Development Grants for Residential Adjunct Faculty,” provided by CAD, are designed to encourage faculty growth, enhance student learning, and improve teaching practices by covering expenses associated with attendance at the 2019 Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (CHEP) on the campus of Virginia Tech, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2019. Conference Website:


  • ILLUMINATE Grants for the Improvement of Teaching

Faculty applications for the “ILLUMINATE Grants for the Improvement of Teaching” can be made at  Deadline to apply is March 31 at midnight for Fall/Spring implementations.  Priority will be given to applicants who have never received an ILLUMINATE Grant.

About the ILLUMINATE Grants for the Improvement of Teaching:

Full- and part-time residential faculty members, as well as online faculty teaching on-campus intensives, are eligible to apply.  Departmental or interdisciplinary teams of two or three are also invited.  Individuals may apply for up to $1500, teams of two up to $3000, and teams of three up to $4500 to implement new pedagogical techniques, classroom activities, technologies, class trips, and/or purchase materials that foster learner-centered experiences for students.  

Successful applications demonstrate effective active learning*.

*Active learning: In order to learn, students must do more than just listen: They must read, write, discuss, or be engaged in solving problems. In particular, students must engage in higher-order thinking tasks as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Active learning engages students in two aspects - doing things and thinking about the things they are doing. 

Recent ILLUMINATE Grant Winners

The projects funded by the ILLUMINATE Grants for the Improvement of Teaching positively reflect the following National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice:

  1. Level of Academic Challenge
  2. Student Interactions with Faculty Members
  3. Active and Collaborative Learning
  4. Enriching Educational Experiences

Congratulations to the exemplary faculty who recently received an ILLUMINATE Grant! 

2018-19 Grant Awardees

  • Analysis of Force-Velocity Curve Using New Technologies: Beast Sensor Application and Analysis (Justin Killian & Jim Schoffstall; School of Health Sciences)        
  • Applied Ecology: Technical and Field Based Experimental Project Development for Undergraduate Students (Matthew Becker & Kyle Harris; School of Health Sciences)
  • Improving Inquiry-Based Learning in the Laboratory Setting (Lauren Hopper, Matthew Brynteson, & Nancy Richardson; School of Health Sciences)
  • Introducing the Process and Application of Thin Film Coating Based E-skins (Ephraim Zegeye; School of Engineering)
  • Language Source Library Development for American Sign Language (William Atwell; College of Arts and Sciences)
  • Lynchburg Community Care Collaborative (Kathleen Bogacz, Dana Woody, & Richard Lane; College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Nursing, and School of Health Sciences)
  • Sports Reporting and Social Media (Deborah Huff, Amy Bonebright, & Chris Underation; School of Communication and Digital Content)
  • Studying World War II through the MacArthur Memorial, the Nauticus Museum, and the Military Aviation Museum (David Snead; College of Arts and Sciences)
  • The Latin Vulgate Experience (Edward Martin; College of Arts and Sciences)
  • The Liberty University Institute for Justice Project (J. Thomas McClintock, Joel Cox, & Phil Kline; School of Health Sciences, Helms School of Government, and School of Law)
  • Understanding Schedules of Reinforcement Utilizing Operant Conditioning Chambers (Matthew Lazenka, Carrie Wilmouth, & Gene Sattler; School of Health Sciences, and College of Arts and Sciences)
  • Word Analysis Strategies for Preservice Teachers: The Use of Hands-on Manipulatives for Success in Phonics, Phonological Awareness & Morphology (Stacey L. Bose; School of Education)

View a list of past winners.

To learn more about winning projects, please visit the ILLUMINATE Grant Gallery.

External Grants

For external grant assistance or to learn more about potential funding opportunities, faculty should visit the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Office of Sponsored Programs
Green Hall 2725
(434) 592-4248



Liberty Grants

Impact Grants


The deadline to apply for Impact Grants is Jan. 30.

Information Sheet




The deadline to apply for ILLUMINATE Grants for Fall/Spring implementations is March 31 at midnight.

Priority will be given to applicants who have never received an ILLUMINATE Grant.


Implementation of past winners of the ILLUMINATE Grant. 

Information Sheet

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