Internal Grants

Boyer 101

Professional Learning Community Grants

Description: Professional learning communities foster sustained study of important teaching and learning topics and bring about meaningful change in understanding and practice for those involved.


  • John Bechtold, Professor of Psychology

Teaching Internship

Description: The teaching internship program helps prepare students who are considering careers in higher education, while motivating the faculty member to cultivate and transfer his/her teaching skills. This unique partnership between faculty and students aligns well with the Teaching and Learning Initiative's mission to strengthen classroom instruction and the campus goal to increase the prevalence of experiential learning opportunities for students.


  • Sarah Fischer, Assistant Professor of Literacy Education  

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL)

Description: The Ernest L Boyer Center and the Teaching and Learning Initiative co-sponsor a grant to support faculty in completing and disseminating a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project.  Up to 8 faculty will be accepted to participate in an 18 month project in which they will develop and implement a SOTL project within a small community of Messiah College SOTL scholars.

The scholarship of teaching and learning encompasses a broad set of practices that engage faculty in critically examining student learning in order to improve student learning and programs and to share insights with others who can evaluate and build on their own efforts (Hutchings, 2011).  The scholarship of teaching is one aspect of the scholarship dimensions that are part of term tenure and promotion processes at Messiah College.  As such, the scholarship of teaching and learning enables faculty to pursue excellence in their scholarship and their teaching.


  • Leah Clarke, Associate Professor of Counseling
  • Rodney Sauder, Assistant Professor of Accounting