Faculty are invited to compete for funds that will allow them to undertake a project to promote high academic achievement among all students, with a particular focus on promoting success and satisfaction among students of color. We provide grants for faculty to develop and design initiatives that meet these institutional needs. Faculty members in all disciplines may submit proposals, individually or as a group. The resulting research must be presented at a CHAS meeting.

Projects should focus on pedagogy and enhancing the faculty role in promoting student success and engagement — directed at how we teach and/or how we engage our colleagues in thinking about how we teach, rather than what we teach. Past projects have included pedagogical improvements to courses and mentoring workshops for faculty, and other efforts to enhance the faculty role in promoting student success and high achievement. Proposals addressing campus life are not appropriate for this grant. 

Eligibility: All faculty members at CHAS member institutions are eligible. Up to five grants will be awarded annually.

Deadline: The deadline for submissions is expected to be June 1, 2020.

Award: A maximum award of $6,500 will be provided, of which up to $3,000 may be taken as stipend based on the budget submitted with the proposal.

Instructions: Each submission, which should be no more than 3-4 pages, should include the following information:

  1. A brief description of your project and its potential to effect institutional change and promote student engagement and achievement.
  2. A budget, budget justification, and timeline for completion of the project.
  3. A brief summary of your background in promoting student success and engagement in the classroom, and how this project relates to other efforts to promote high achievement among all students on your campus, with special emphasis on students of color.
  4. Your commitment to share the project and outcomes with the larger CHAS community, including a mandatory presentation at a meeting to be scheduled by CHAS upon completion of your project.
  5. Append an endorsement letter from the Chief Academic Officer.

All Materials should be submitted by email to chas@trincoll.edu


CHAS facilitates meaningful exchanges on the creation of inclusive learning environments for faculty on an annual basis. Each year a different CHAS Member Institution acts as the host for a Faculty Forum. The invited participants vary by year. Some years may be designed with STEM faculty, and some years may be focused on the humanities or social sciences. The discussions will center on the design and implementation of courses based on how students learn. All faculty from CHAS Member Institutions are invited to present their research during this conference.

Year Designation Venue
2011 Science & Math Faculty Smith College
Northampton MA
2010 Humanities / Writing Center Bates College
Lewiston ME