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Applications Open For Faculty Institute on Creative Research Assignments

By skennedy on March 23, 2018 2:42 PM | Permalink

The University Libraries is offering another Faculty Institute entitled "Creative Research Assignments: Looking Beyond the Research Paper" on Monday, May 14, and Tuesday, May 15 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Goldfield Room at Lied Library. This was a popular and successful program offered May 2017 and January 2018, and UNLV Libraries is offering another opportunity for more faculty to participate. Like previous institutes, faculty who are selected to participate are eligible to receive 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.

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. Participants also will explore possibilities for student learning outcomes assessment in order to evaluate assignments and plan improvements.

The Institute is designed for faculty members with an interest in creating research assignments where students record the process or product of their research in non-traditional ways. Similarly, faculty who would like to incorporate more meaningful research requirement into existing non-traditional assignments are also welcome to attend.

This Institute is 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


The Faculty Institute is limited to 20-25 faculty members. Attendance is required on both days. Participants who complete the institute and associated work will be paid $1,000.

Selected participants are required to complete the following tasks:

  • 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
  • Submit a random sample of de-identified student work from the course
  • Participate in assessment of the Faculty Institute

How to Apply

Faculty members who are interested in applying to attend the Faculty Institute, please complete this form with your name, course information, and a brief description of the research project that you plan to revise or create. Please respond by Monday, April 16.

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