Presidential Chair Fellows Grant Program

Advancing Undergraduate Education through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

The relaunched PCF grant program provides an opportunity for a team of two or more faculty members, both Senate and non-Senate, to transform undergraduate education. Starting this year, PCF will focus on supporting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at UC Berkeley. The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) is seeking grant applications from interested departmental teams aiming to advance curricular innovation through a SoTL study in partnership with the staff at CTL. The program will award four (4) grants of up to $20,000 per year for two years (up to $40,000 total) to support SoTL research beginning June 19, 2023.

Funds are intended to empower faculty teams from academic departments to engage in SoTL, especially where such work has not previously been done. As a result of this SoTL inquiry, teams are expected to engage in curricular revision or the introduction of new curricular components that will enhance learning experiences for undergraduate students.

Prior experience or engagement in SoTL is not required to be competitive for this grant. In close collaboration with the assigned mentor and other staff in CTL, selected Fellows will continue to build SoTL expertise and develop the design of their proposed study.

Program Expectations

As part of the PCF grant program, selected Fellows are expected to

  • Communicate regularly with an assigned CTL staff mentor who serves as a thought partner and active collaborator in their SoTL study
  • Participate in regular check-in meetings with their CTL staff mentor and other CTL staff
  • Share budget expenditures and planning periodically and during a midpoint meeting
  • Engage in at least 2-3 community sessions per year as part of the PCF Fellows cohort
  • Present key takeaways and findings from their project at the Teaching and Learning Conference hosted by CTL in Spring 2024 and Spring 2025
  • Engage in focused programming during Summer 2024 (only required for two representatives from each team who will each receive a $1500 summer stipend)
  • Attend and participate in optional workshops as relevant to their research project and professional development as SoTL scholars

Program Theme for 2023-2025

The theme for PCF 2023-25 is Reimagining student learning in a research-intensive institution.” We are especially interested in supporting projects that tackle such questions as: 

  • How can faculty leverage world-class research to advance undergraduate education?
  • How do students learn best in a research-intensive environment?
  • How can we promote deeper student engagement in learning?
  • What new barriers to learning arise in a research-intensive space and how can we address these barriers?
  • How is learning affected by how we define student success and does redefining success impact learning?

Applying to PCF

The deadline for the 2023-2025 PCF application cycle has passed. The call for applications and guidelines for the 2025-2027 PCF cycle will be announced no later than spring 2025.

Info Session

To help interested applicants understand these changes to PCF and prepare competitive applications, CTL offered two info sessions over Zoom. These info sessions provided an overview of the program and a Q&A with CTL staff. Following each session, participants had the option to participate in optional office hours with CTL staff to workshop their ideas for applications.

You can view the slides from the info session.

2023 - 2025 PCF Faculty Team Recipients

Richard Kern, Déborah Blocker, Vesna Rodic, and Claire Tourmen Perron - French

Michael Shapira, Jack Tseng, Nichole Lewis, and Jules Winters - Integrative Biology (IB) 

Karen Trapenberg Frick, Jeremiah Tolbert, and Cameron Toler - College of Environmental Design (CED) 

Jessica Boles and Robert Pilawa-Podgurski - Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences