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Leadership in Inclusive Teaching Call for Proposals

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Program Description

The Leadership in Inclusive Teaching (LIT) Program offers a tiered stipend system for LIT Fellows to initiate, continue, and/or improve a department or program-based project that supports training in inclusive teaching and/or equitable outcomes for all students. Projects can be proposed by individuals or teams of graduate students and all projects must have a faculty/lecturer sponsor. Successful proposals will support the mentoring of graduate students as Teaching Assistants and instructors (not mentoring in other professional development areas aside from teaching).

As a LIT Fellow, you will:

  • Support and lead efforts in inclusive teaching and learning in your department
  • Learn more about inclusive education and other pedagogy topics
  • Facilitate a learning experience for fellow teaching Mentors
  • Share and receive feedback with other Mentors on your projects
  • Receive a stipend in recognition of your work

Possible projects could include:

  • Developing or revising a pedagogy course (examples here)
  • Organizing a pedagogy journal club or workshop series 
  • Developing and implementing a teaching tool or online resource
  • Training graduate student instructors as part of an educational outreach project

Structure of the program:

  • Attend an online fall training in September (usually the week before the quarter begins)
  • Take part in required monthly meetings (three meetings/quarter) for team building, pedagogy training, and project development
  • Facilitate one meeting during the year for fellow teaching Mentors
  • Pilot projects and collect feedback during winter quarter
  • Revise and share your project’s outcomes during spring quarter

Please note: the Fall training and one meeting/quarter are still open to Mentors who do not wish to apply, complete a project, or receive a stipend.

Stipend Tiers




  1. One-time engagement in department or program



  1. More substantial engagement that occurs once, equivalent recurring engagements, such as a 3-4 session workshop series, or similar program or resource development



  1. Quarter-long engagement or program/resource development: developing and/or substantially revising an engagement equivalent to ~8 meetings/quarter or similar 



Rubric for LIT Proposals


Strong (7-10 range)

Needs Development (4-6 range)

Lacking (1-3 range)

Inclusion and equity

Project proposal demonstrates strong understanding of and commitment to inclusive teaching methods. And/or, the proposal indicates strong commitment to reducing achievement gaps.

Project proposal demonstrates some understanding of and/or commitment to inclusive teaching methods. And/or, the proposal indicates some commitment to reducing achievement gaps. Reference to these areas is vague. 

Very little or no attention to inclusive teaching methods or equitable outcomes is evident in the proposal. 

Populations served

Project stands to substantially expand access to teaching development and/or learning to underrepresented groups of TAs and/or students. 

Project seems to somewhat expand access to teaching development and/or learning to underrepresented groups of TAs and/or students. Description of who will benefit is vague. 

Very little or no evidence that the project would expand access to teaching development and/or learning for underrepresented groups.

Feasibility and organization

Project seems that it could be reasonably designed, implemented, and evaluated within one academic year. The plan to do so is clearly outlined.

Project might be designed, implemented, and evaluated within one academic year, although some significant challenges to doing so are not addressed. Implementation plan is vague.

No implementation plan is outlined, or the plan is vague to the point of being incomprehensible. Project seems infeasible to implement in one year.


The applicant indicates a clear, feasible plan for continuing and/or expanding the project in subsequent years, through applying for additional funding, recruiting a successor Mentor, and/or other means.

The proposal indicates some plan for continuing the project after the first year, but this is vague or underdeveloped. 

There is little or no clear evidence of how the project might be continued after the first year. 

Learn About Our LIT Fellows

Apply to be a LIT Fellow

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The final due date to complete the application for the 2021-2022 LIT Fellows Program is 5pm PDT, June 4, 2021. 

For questions and accommodations please contact Amanda Modell at or Jae Chung at

Applications are currently CLOSED. Please check back in Spring 2022 when applications open.