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Marion Horstmann Online Teaching Innovation Grant

The Marion Horstmann Online Teaching Innovation Grant funds the development of outstanding online teaching and learning strategies.

Proposals will be judged on:

  • anticipated impact on student learning, engagement, and retention;
  • potential for wide-spread adoption across or within disciplines;
  • potential for scalability; and
  • record of outstanding teaching.

View a list of previous grant recipients and proposals.

Award amount


2018-2019 Timeline

  • Applications open: April 2
  • Proposal deadline: June 4
  • Award announced: July 2

Instructor expected to teach Spring 2019 or Summer 2019.

Eligibility Requirements

Recipients of the award must have taught two semesters at Washington University in St. Louis and are required to teach one University College online or hybrid course that makes use of the proposed teaching strategy. Recipients may also be asked to present the teaching strategy at the annual University College Online Showcase.

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals should be limited to three pages and should address the following:

  • Description of the proposed teaching and learning strategy. Where relevant, include links or examples that illustrate the strategy.
  • Purpose: How will the strategy impact student learning, engagement, and retention?
  • Feasibility: Can the strategy be carried out with current Washington University technological resources? Are additional resources required? Explain.
  • Application: To what courses that you teach would you apply this strategy? Comment on the scalability of the proposed strategy. If granted the award, which semester(s) are you available to teach in University College?

Attach a CV; include courses taught at Washington University as part of the CV or as an addendum.

Submit your proposal

Submit proposals to Pat Matthews, Associate Dean for Academics, by clicking the button below.

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Previous Horstmann Grant Recipients

Jeremy Caddel, International Affairs, proposed redesigning American Foreign Policy “to emphasize the collaborative active learning modeled on the Reacting to the Past curriculum, which integrates role-play and competitive game mechanics to inspire high levels of engagement and deep learning.”

See more of Jeremy's proposal.

Susan Craig, International Affairs, proposed teaching a course that incorporates synchronous national security decision-making simulations utilizing the Model Diplomacy simulations built by the Council on Foreign Relations.

See more of Susan's proposal.