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Faculty Innovation

Designing, refining and overseeing faculty development programs

The CATALYST Faculty Innovation Program, launched in 2011, supports educational interventions that make creative use of instructional technologies to solve significant challenges in nursing education. The award program is open to all faculty members in the Duke University School of Nursing and provides project support for one year. Calls for applications are issued twice each academic year, once in the Fall semester and again in the Spring semester.

  • Each award-winning project must:
    • Produce an educational intervention that leverages an instructional technology or tool.
    • Pilot the intervention in a core course offered within one of the School’s degree programs or in an alternative educational setting.
    • Impact Duke University School of Nursing students.
    • Generate measurable outcomes.
    • Result in scholarly products that advance the field of nursing education.
    • The primary faculty investigator on a CATALYST award project receives:
      • Up to $10,000 in funding.
      • 15% workload reduction.
      • Dedicated support from the Instructional Design Support Team comprised of Nursing School specialists in instructional design, technical implementation, and program evaluation.
      • Active training in the new faculty role of “subject matter expert” on an interdisciplinary instructional design team.
      • Assistance with the dissemination of project findings.