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Apply Now for Faculty Institute on Creative Research Assignments

By skennedy on October 31, 2017 10:14 AM | Permalink

The University Libraries is now accepting applications for a Faculty Institute on "Creative Research Assignments: Looking Beyond the Research Paper" on Jan. 8-9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The institute, originally held in May 2017, was so popular the University Libraries is providing another opportunity for faculty to participate. UNLV faculty who are selected to participate are eligible for a $1,000 stipend.

Faculty at UNLV and around the country are exploring options beyond the traditional research paper. In this institute, faculty will have an opportunity to learn about other types of assignments – for example, websites, infographics, poster sessions, podcasts, videos – that enable students to increase knowledge and develop skills.

The purpose of this institute is to provide a space for faculty to explore creative alternatives to traditional research assignments that challenge students’ critical thinking skills and support them as they create new knowledge. Faculty who already assign non-traditional work, but would like to incorporate a more robust research element are also welcome to participate.

In this this two-day institute faculty will create learning outcomes that challenge and strengthen the critical thinking and inquiry skills of students in their disciplines. Through collaboration with campus partners, faculty will consider how these learning outcomes can be achieved through creative assignments that engage students in research and knowledge creation practices. The institute will also explore possibilities for student learning outcomes assessment in order to evaluate assignments and plan improvements.

Who Should Attend?

Any UNLV faculty member with an interest in creating research assignments where students record the process or product of their research in non-traditional ways, or who would like to incorporate a more meaningful research requirement into existing non-traditional assignments are encouraged to apply.

  • Open to all UNLV faculty who teach undergraduate and graduate courses.
  • Graduate assistants who teach are welcome to attend with the support of their program coordinator.
  • Program coordinators are encouraged to consider attending with another instructor in their program.

Learning Outcomes

This workshop will enable attendees to:

  • Articulate developmentally appropriate learning outcomes for research assignments that address critical thinking and inquiry skills.
  • Construct creative assignment prompts using alternative methods for presenting the process and product of student research.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in order to engage in cross-disciplinary discussions about course design.


Limited to 20-25 faculty members, selected participants are required to complete the following tasks:

  • Attend the two-day Faculty Institute.
  • Work with a librarian and other campus partners to create or revise a student assignment that emphasizes research skills.
  • Submit a course syllabus and assessment plan.
  • Have students participate in the Transparency in Learning and Teaching survey in order to receive feedback on their perceptions of their learning in the course.
  • Submit a random sample of de-identified student work from the course.
  • Participate in assessment of the Faculty Institute.

Apply Online

Faculty members who are interested in applying for the Faculty Institute should complete the registration form with your name, course information, and a brief description of the research project that you plan to revise or create. The registration deadline is Monday, Dec. 11. 

If you have questions, please contact Melissa Bowles-Terry, Head of Educational Initiatives, via email.