This Week for Faculty: ⏰ Last Call for Provost’s Teaching and Learning Grant Proposals

by | Apr 25, 2023

2023 Office of the Provost Teaching and Learning Grants – Request for Proposals

Looking to integrate new educational approaches or technologies into your classroom? Exploring ways to leverage AI tools to enhance teaching and learning? The Office of the Provost provides a variety of funding opportunities up to $25,000 for Columbia faculty looking to enhance their learning environments. Grant offerings range from experimenting with one new pedagogical tool to a full course redesign. Recipients receive logistical, organizational, and instructional design support from the CTL. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for 2023 grants are now open.

We strongly encourage all faculty to consult with the CTL as you prepare your proposal for the Monday, May 1, 2023 application due date. Please contact to schedule a consultation with CTL staff to help develop your project plan and determine the appropriate in-kind support level.

Using AI Writing Tools in Your Scientific Writing Process

Join us for a seminar and workshop with Lecturer in Science & Writing at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Dr. Tim Requarth, where we’ll explore using AI writing tools in the scientific writing process. These AI writing tools, such as ChatGPT, are powerful tools that can generate sophisticated text from scratch or revise human writing, and their emergence has raised many questions about this new landscape.

This event is co-sponsored by the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Teachers College, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the departments of Biological Sciences and Statistics. Participants may attend online or in-person. See event agenda below:

  • 12:00–1:00pm Seminar: Using AI Writing Tools in Your Scientific Writing Process. In this seminar, participants will explore the power and potential pitfalls of AI writing tools like ChatGPT, discuss how they can streamline your scientific writing process, and address ethical and responsible use of AI assistance.
  • 1:00–1:30pm: Refreshments
  • 1:30–2:30pm: (Optional) Workshop: Hands-On AI Writing Practice. In this interactive session, participants will identify a problem in a current writing project and come up with a strategy to tackle it using an AI-assisted writing tool.

Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2023 
Location: Schapiro CEPSR, Davis Auditorium 

Tim Requarth is Lecturer in Science & Writing at NYU Grossman School of Medicine where he teaches scientific writing courses, workshops, and seminars at the Vilcek Institute for Biomedical Sciences. He is also an award-winning freelance science journalist and contributing writer at Slate, with other work appearing in The New York TimesThe Atlantic, and more. Dr. Requarth holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Columbia University.

Mentoring Monday Conversations – Building Trust and Giving Feedback 

Do you mentor graduate students and/or postdocs at Columbia? Join the CTL and colleagues for the final Mentoring Monday Conversations online to discuss your mentorship practices, brainstorm solutions to mentoring challenges, and explore what can be learned by reading excerpts from the book Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring: Lean Forward, Learn, Leverage (Fain and Zachary, 2020).

Building Trust and Giving Feedback
Date: Monday, May 1, 2023 
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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Join us for office hours via Zoom (or phone) Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm to have your teaching with instructional technology questions answered.

Schedule an in-person or virtual consultation to discuss any teaching, learning, and mentoring needs by emailing or email the CTL Learning Designer assigned to your school or department.