To: All UMW Faculty, Students, and Staff
From: The UMW President’s Technology Advisory Council
The President’s Technology Advisory Council (PTAC)* invites students, faculty, and staff from the UMW Community to apply for a PTAC Innovation Fund Grant. These grants, which can range from $500 to $25,000, are intended to help jumpstart innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and exploration at UMW. One of the charges of the President’s Technology Advisory Council is to foster new and interesting uses of technology and we hope these funds will enable pilot projects, incubate new ideas, and serve as seed money for projects across the University Community. You can find inspiration in some sample grant ideas located here.
Applications are due by Friday, January 17, 2014.
To apply for PTAC Innovation Funds, fill out the application at http://president.umw.edu/ptac/grant/application/. The application must include a 250-word (max) proposal, budget, and description of the finished product (presentation, website, tool, video, syllabus/assignment, project, etc.). Since we have a total budget of $25,000, we’ll also ask if it would still be possible to do the project if it was funded at a partial level.
PTAC will evaluate the proposals based on the following criteria: innovative uses of technology in teaching, learning, and/or exploration; how many people will benefit; quality of proposed product, output, or presentation; viability and cost of proposal.
– Materials purchased belong to UMW and must be returned to IT upon completion of the project.
– Estimating the cost of laptops, iPads, and other standard technology purchases can be made using the UMW form located at
– While funding can be used toward a subscription, PTAC Innovation Grants are intended to jumpstart projects and so would not be renewable.
– This year’s grants will need to be spent by the Fiscal Year 2014 deadlines, though work on the projects can be continued over the summer.
– Grant recipients will be asked to share their work in a public forum (possible venues include Research and Creativity Day, Faculty Academy, as a display in the ITCC,
or in an online context).
If you have questions, contact Jeff McClurken or any of the members of the council.
*The President’s Technology Advisory Council (PTAC) is a presidentially appointed committee of faculty, students, and staff started in 2012 as a recommendation within the University Strategic Plan. Its charge is to advise the President on technology issues, to provide input on the purchasing of digital systems, and to advise, foster, and enable academic technologies and libraries at UMW. http://president.umw.edu/ptac/
- Rosemary Arneson, University Librarian
- Hall Cheshire, Interim CIO
- Leanna Giancarlo, Chair/Associate Professor
- Steve Greenlaw, Professor
- James Groom, Director, Teaching and Learning Technologies
- Mary Kayler, Director, Teaching Excellence and Innovation
- Shelley Keith, Director of Digital Communications
- Kim Kinsley, Assistant Professor
- Jeffrey McClurken, Chair/Professor & PTAC Chair
- George Meadows, Professor
- Erik Nosar, Student Representative
- Jerry Slezak, Director of IT Support Services
- Matt Troutman, Associate Director of Residence Life
- Zach Whalen, Assistant Professor