Academic Staff Professional Development Grants

About the program

The Language Institute is very pleased to announce the 2020-21 grant program to support professional development activities by academic staff in Van Hise departments of languages, literatures, and cultures. The grant is intended to support professional development activities that align with the Language Institute’s mission: to strengthen University of Wisconsin-Madison as a leader in language education and research by promoting excellence in language teaching, innovation in the design of effective language programs, student success in reaching their professional and personal language learning goals, research in second language acquisition (SLA), and increased awareness of the value of language and intercultural learning for all.

Application deadlines                                 

5:00 pm, October 1, 2020
5:00 pm, February 15, 2021

Dates and anticipated awards

Activities must take place between September 1, 2020-December 31, 2021. Anticipated awards are for up to $750 each.

Eligibility

Applicants must be academic staff (i.e., with titles such as Faculty Associate, Lecturer, Advisor, Administrative Program Specialist, or Student Services Coordinator) who hold at least a 33% appointment in one the following departments in 2020-21:

  • African Cultural Studies
  • Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
  • French & Italian
  • German, Nordic, and Slavic
  • Language Institute
  • Language Sciences Program
  • L&S Learning Support Services
  • Spanish & Portuguese

Graduate Teaching Assistants and visiting scholars are not eligible for this grant program.

Supported activities and allowable expenses

This grant is intended to support academic staff professional development, broadly defined, that aligns with the mission of the Language Institute. Possible professional development activities, which could be related to teaching, research, or other aspects of your position, might include:

  • Conference or research travel (allowable expenses include airfare/mileage, lodging, meals, conference registration)
  • Professional development workshops or institutes (allowable expenses include airfare/mileage, lodging, meals, workshop registration)
  • Supplies for research (allowable expenses include books and software; the grant is not intended to purchase computer hardware or office supplies)
  • Student hourly support for research

The grant does not support academic staff salary or enrollment in credit-bearing courses.

Applicants should use the budget template to prepare and submit their budget, following the guidelines in the template.  Individuals applying for the grant are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to meet with Language Institute associate director Jana Martin, jcmartin4@wisc.edu, for a review of their proposed budget before submitting it with an application.

Evaluation criteria

Applications will be reviewed by a committee as soon as possible after each application deadline. The committee will consider the following in reviewing applications and making decisions on awards:

  • Relevance of the activity to the individual’s position and to the mission of the Language Institute
  • For conference travel, active participation in the conference (e.g., by giving a paper)
  • Need for professional development support (with priority consideration given to proposals from academic staff that have no other forms of funding for professional development activities and who did not receive this grant in the previous year)
  • Potential for impact (for your work, your program, and/or the university)
  • Overall quality of the application   

Campus academic staff professional development grant

Recipients of Language Institute grants can use their award as matching funds for the campus-wide Academic Staff Professional Development Grant, if their activity meets the campus program’s criteria.

For detailed information about the Academic Staff Professional Development Grant, see: http://acstaff.wisc.edu/professional-development/grants/academic-staff-professional-development-grants

Contact

Questions about this Language Institute Grant? Contact Jana Martin: jcmartin4@wisc.edu, 890-4585.

Sponsors

Funding for this program is from the International Division and the Language Institute.

Congratulations to Spring 2020 Grant Recipients!

Adeola Agoke, Department of African Cultural Studies, to participate in the 2020 National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) Conference

Nalan Erbil, Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic, to participate in the 2020 Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA) Conference

Vanessa Schmitz-Siebertz, Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Languages, to participate in the 2020 Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers (WAFLT) Conference

Previous award recipients

Fall 2019

  • Toni Landis (Departments of African Cultural Studies and Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies), 2020 Schooling the Self Using Brain Science to Promote Self-Awareness, Acceptance, Confidence, and Compassion for Academic Achievement conference, New York
  • Seunggon Jeong (Department of Asian Languages and Cultures), 2020 American Association of Teachers of Korean Conference, New York
  • Scott Mellor (Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic), 2019 The Formula in Oral Poetry and Prose: New Approaches, Models and Interpretations, Tartu, Estonia

Spring 2019

  • Muhammad Asif (Department of Asian Languages and Cultures), 2019 UPenn-SALTA Conference
  • Vanessa Schmitz-Siebertz (Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies), 2019 Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers Conference
  • Nete Schmidt (Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic), 2019 BogForum (BookForum), Copenhagen

Fall 2018

  • Takako Nakakubo (Department of Asian Languages and Cultures), 2018 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference

Spring 2018

  • Takako Nakakubo (Department of Asian Languages and Cultures), 2018 American Association of Applied Linguistics Conference
  • Lauren Schmidli (L&S Learning Support Services), 2018 Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education Conference
  • Nete Schmidt (Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic), 2018 Danish Academic Network in America Conference
  • Jeanne Schueller (Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic), Summer 2018 workshop for German 258 course redesign

 

Fall 2017

  • Erlin Barnard (Department of Asian Languages and Cultures), 2018 International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages
  • Beatriz Botero (Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies), 2018 Latin American Studies Association Congress

 

2016-17 

  • Marcus Cederstrom (Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic), 2017 Conference of the American Folklore Society
  • Funda Derin (Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic), 2016 Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Turkish and the Middle East Studies Association
  • Nete Schmidt (Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic), 2017 Danish American Heritage Conference
  • Rachel Weiss (Department of Asian Languages and Cultures), 2017 Career Development Facilitator (CDF) Training


2015-16 

  • Erlin Barnard, Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia, 2015 Annual Convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • Kannikar Elbow, Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia, 2015 UC-Berkeley workshop and site visit
  • Stasie Harrington, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, 2016 Annual Convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • Todd Michelson-Ambeling, Department of Scandinavian Studies, 2016 Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study Conference
  • Takako Nakakubo, Department of East Asian Languages and Literature, 2016 Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education Conference
  • Barbara Rodriguez-Guridi, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, 2016 Northeast Modern Language Association Conference
  • Anna Tumarkin, Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, Research study on heritage student perceptions of native and non-native speaker instructors of Russian
  • Steel Wagstaff, L&S Learning Support Services, 2015 Open Education Conference


2014-15 

  • Erlin Barnard, Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia, 2014 Annual Convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  • Funda Derin, Department of Languages and Cultrues of Asia, 2014 meeting of the Association of American Teachers of Turkic (AATT) Languages, held in conjunction with the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) meeting
  • Kannikar Elbow, Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia, 2015 Council on the Teaching of Southeast Asian Languages (COTSEAL) Conference and UC-Berkeley campus visit
  • Ryan Engel, L&S Learning Support Services, 2015 North American Drupal Convention
  • Stasie Harrington, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, 2015 meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  • Choua Lee, Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia, 2015 Chicago Language Symposium or Hmong National Development Conference
  • Takako Nakakubo, Department of East Asian Languages and Literature, 2015 meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ)
  • Jeanne Schueller, Department of German, 2015 Goethe Institute summer seminar in Munich on teaching literature and film in German as a Foreign Language (DaF) courses