Disciplinary Communication Grants (DCG)

The Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education (VPDUE) and the Academic Senate Committee on Educational Policy are pleased to announce the availability of funds to assist with instructional improvement initiatives for grants focused on Disciplinary Communication. 

For 2017-18, we seek to fund about 10-20 projects. The program is expected to continue through 2017-18, possibly longer depending on the rate of use of funds.

  • Proposals are to be submitted using the format provided with the annual call.
  • DC Grant Proposal deadline: 5:00 PM on Friday, December 16, 2016 and Friday, March 31, 2017
    at 5 p.m. sent via email to the Academic Senate, senate@ucsc.edu.
  • Funding available: July 1, 2017
  • Final report required: July 1, 2018

Purpose:
The purpose of Disciplinary Communication Grants (DCG) is to enhance writing proficiency and accomplishment within majors by promoting innovation and assessment of new approaches to DC education.

Example projects:

  • Undertake a formal analysis of the existing DC offering to inform plans for the future
  • Facilitate collaborations with the writing program
  • Launch a writing tutoring program
  • Create an online or technology-assisted course
  • Develop a new course or DC pathway in the major
  • Support graduate students assisting underprepared or ESL students

Decision Making:
The Senate Committee on Educational Policy (CEP) will recommend to the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education proposals receive funding based on the priorities listed above and the department’s justification for the request.

Sixth Round of Grants Awarded:

Department Proposal Amount Funded Final Report
Psychology Improving Scientific Writing through Guided Iteration $23,889.60 Due 7/1/2018
Sociology Modular Writing Curriculum to Support DC Courses in the Sociology Department $30,521 Interim Due 7/1/2018;
Final Due 7/1/2019
Writing Program Writing Pathways: Tracing Students’ Writing from C2 to the DC $10,200 Due 7/1/2018

Fifth Round of Grants Awarded:

Department Proposal Amount Funded Final Report
Anthropology The Anthropology Department Writing Assistant Center Program $15,000 Final Report

Fourth Round of Grants Awarded:

Department Proposal Amount Funded Final Report
Anthropology The Anthropology Department Writing Assistant Center Program $10,000 Final Report
Mathematics Hybrid Teaching Model for Precalculus (Math 3) $20,985.56 Final Report
Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology Development of Disciplinary Communication Teaching Resources for MCD Biology Courses $16,100 Final Report

Third Round of Grants Awarded:

Department Proposal Amount Funded Final Report
Biomolecular Engineering New Technical Writing Course for Biomolecular Engineers $7,000 Final Report
History Teaching Support and Assessment for Pilot Version of “History 100: History Skills and Methods” $23,016.38 Final Report
History of Arts & Visual Culture Rethinking the Disciplinary Communication and Methodology Course: HAVC 100A $22,650 Final Report
Politics Politics Department Writing Tutoring Program $6,774.25 Final Report
Writing Program Writing Support for Graduate Students Teaching Disciplinary Communication (DC) Classes (deferred to 2016-17) $8,050 Due 7/1/2017

Second Round of Grants Awarded:

Department Proposal Amount Funded Final Report
Anthropology Anthropology Writing Assistant Program $10,000 Final Report
Community Studies Communicating Across the Curriculum $12,186 Final Report
Computer Science Technical Writing and Communication in Computer Science $11,188 Final Report

First Round of Grants Awarded:

Department Proposal Amount Funded Final Report
Anthropology Anthropology Writing Assistant Program $7200 Final Report
Environmental Studies The Environmental Problem Solving Writing Tutor Program $15,020 Final Report
Film & Digital Media A Disciplinary Communication Redesign for Film and Digital Media $13,000 Final Report