Program Guidelines for Rowan Program for Inclusive Pedagogy and Educational Reform (PIPER)

Announcement Date: February 15, 2018

Application Due Date: March 31, 2018

Award Period: July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019

The Rowan Program for Inclusive Pedagogy and Educational Reform (PIPER) grants are intended to support instructor’s efforts at changing their instructional practices, course content, developing an inclusive curriculum or student assessment strategy so that it promotes and enhances diversity and inclusion at the University and furthers Rowan University’s diversity mission statement.

“Rowan University promotes a diverse community that begins with students, faculty, administration and staff who respect each other and value each other's dignity. By identifying and removing barriers and fostering individual potential, Rowan will cultivate a community where all members can learn and grow. The Rowan University community is committed to a safe environment that encourages intellectual, academic, and social interaction and engagement across multiple intersections of identities. At Rowan University, creating and maintaining a caring community that embraces diversity in its broadest sense is among the highest priorities.”

Inclusive teaching as defined by the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Teaching and Learning - “Inclusive teaching involves deliberately cultivating a learning environment where all students are treated equitably, have equal access to learning, and feel welcome, valued, and supported in their learning. Such teaching attends to social identities and seeks to change the ways systemic inequities shape dynamics in teaching-learning spaces, affect individuals’ experiences of those spaces, and influence course and curriculum design.” These grants are geared towards promoting inclusive teaching, class content, curricular reform and assessment so that students from diverse backgrounds find Rowan University a welcoming place (Examples of inclusive content can be found at funding program is the result of a partnership between the President’s Office, the Provost’s office, Revolutionizing Engineering Diversity (RevED) grant and supported by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.

Who is eligible?

All Rowan faculty/staff who are instructors of a course are eligible to receive a grant as individuals or as members of a team. There is no limit on how many people from the same department can submit proposals and there are no restrictions on how many individuals can be included in a single proposal.

How many grants will be awarded and for what amounts?

Up to $20,000 total will be awarded, with individual grant amounts of up to $5,000 each. The funding is for one calendar year.

Funding Information

  • Funding is one-time only, and must be used during the calendar year in which it is awarded, unless otherwise specified in your award letter, based on specific project needs.
  • Awards can range in size depending on the scope of the project. There is no minimum award limit—maximum amount awarded per project is $5,000.
  • Funds must be transferable to a campus account. This includes departmental accounts.
  • Proposals must contain complete budget information outlining proposed project costs, timeline for expenditure and implementation, and all other sources of funding or sponsorship, if applicable for your project/program.

Application Procedure

To apply, please complete the application form online. As part of the application process, you will be asked to upload a file containing your proposal. Directions for preparing the proposal are provided in the following section.

Proposal Preparation

You must submit a proposal of no more than four single-spaced pages (upload as requested in the online application) on curriculum reform that furthers the mission of Rowan University in the area of diversity and inclusion. The proposal should address how an existing course/courses or a newly developed course will be redesigned to include elements of inclusive teaching and learning. Collaboration between departments in different colleges to team teach a course and bring multiple perspectives to the classroom are strongly encouraged. In addition, proposals related to curriculum reform and assessment of course content, course material and textbooks for inclusivity are also welcome. No proposal longer than four pages will be considered. All pages of the proposal should have one-inch margins on all sides and all type should be 11 points in size or larger.

Evaluation of Proposals

A subcommittee composed of members of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning will evaluate proposals.

The following criteria, with respective weights, will be used to screen applications and select recipients for the Rowan PIPER faculty awards.

  • Objectives and Outcomes (35%): clarity and comprehensiveness of the reform process, methodology, timeline and desired outcomes. Provide concrete examples of how the reform process will further equity and inclusion.
  • Broader Impact (30%):addresses an institutional priority as it relates to diversity and inclusion. Address how the reform process will be assessed to demonstrate its success. Also address how the results of the research will be widely disseminated to the university community or the profession.
  • Potential for Sustaining Change (35%): identification and demonstration of potential for continuing the effort after the duration of the grant.

The subcommittee will review proposal budgets and recommend funding levels according to feasibility and the total allocated budget.

Download the PIPER Budget Template.

The following sections of the proposal, while also required, are excluded from the four-page limit:

  • Detailed budget (one page maximum) — Funds can be requested for any approved university expense. Rounding all figures to the nearest dollar, please include line items for each of the following categories:
    • Supplies (please itemize)
    • Travel
    • Other
  • Literature cited in proposal or selected bibliography — Cite materials relevant to the proposed project.
  • Biographical sketch(es) — Provide a two-page biographical sketch for each investigator involved in the proposed project. Each sketch should include an academic history and a list of scholarly or creative achievements (publications, presentations, exhibitions, performances, etc.).

Please address questions to Beena Sukumaran at