The Endowed Teaching Chair Program

The Delta College Foundation established an Endowed Teaching Chair Program to promote academic quality, recognize excellence in the classroom and encourage faculty to continue to pursue activities that address current educational challenges with creativity, innovation and a sincere concern for facilitating student growth.

The Delta College Foundation originally established the Endowed Teaching Chair (ETC) Program in 1994. The Foundation has funded a variety of projects across campus through the ETC process, which are intended to provide a margin of excellence.   

The annual award amount for each Endowed Teaching Chair is $5,000.  The program submission and selection process has varied over the years.  A major revision occurred in 2019 and in 2022, it moved to an academic year cycle, as opposed to calendar year award spending.

Dollars can support a wide variety of activities and professional development, such as paying for: equipment, supplies, printing, purchasing books, teaching materials, registration fees, conference fees or travel costs to visit educational sites. It can also be utilized to provide stipends, at the discretion of the selection committee. 

The ETC selection process 

Each winter semester, faculty and/or staff members may submit a proposal for Endowed Teaching Chair funding consideration. Projects developed to address the College's Mission, Vision and Values, may also be invited to submit for funding.

The Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence (FCTE) board will review all applications.  Then, a team consisting of the President, Vice President of Academics and the Coordinator/Co-Coordinators of the FCTE will review and make the final award determinations. Formal presentations will not be required as part of this procedure; however, applicants may be invited for an interview or informal presentation to obtain more information. 

The Endowed Teaching Chair amount will be $5,000 annually.  Applications or projects that span a two-year time period may be considered, which would then result in support of $5,000/year for a total of $10,000 for a project.

Application and general criteria

The application is available as an Etrieve form to submit your proposal.  As you plan your project, you should be prepared to answer each of the following questions:  

Project Criteria

    1. Delta College is currently refreshing its strategic plan and will have revised College Strategic Pillars, Initiatives and Action Projects, to be approved by Tuesday, March 14.  Since those specifics won't be available for this year's application process, please focus on Delta College's newly revised Mission, Vision and Values.  Explain how your proposed project will address one of those areas. 
    2. Briefly describe how your project will improve instruction, a process, or benefit students and/or the community. 
    3. List the activities and anticipated outcomes from the project. 
    4. Provide an estimated date schedule for completion of the project.  
    5. Provide a line-item budget that details the proposed use of funds for your project.  If you are requesting a stipend payout as a line item in the budget, include a justification for the stipend. 

Career Criteria

    1. For each team member, provide a brief description of the individual’s overall contribution toward the achievement of the College mission, vision, and values as relates to his/her/their relevant productive activity and/or professional development.


    1. Optional, but recommended:  Submit a letter from a relevant supervisor that endorses the value of your proposed project to be able to address a College Strategic Pillar, Initiative or Action Project.
    2. A budget template has been created in excel to help you develop your budget.  Download the form here, complete the document and be sure all of the information is contained within the attached budget.

All applications must be submitted to the Foundation Office at, where they will be assembled for initial review by the FCTE Board. Applications are due by 4pm on Friday, March 17, 2023, with decisions announced no later than early May. Spending can then occur during the following fiscal year (July–June).

Evaluation and selection 

Applications will be evaluated on the following basis: 

    1. Are all of the Project Criteria questions listed above addressed adequately?
    2. Are the Career Criteria questions listed above addressed adequately?
    3. Is there a strong correlation between the proposed project and the specific criteria of one of the five ETC awards, which are described further below?
    4. Does the application demonstrate an educational benefit to Delta College students, a process and/or the larger Delta community? 
    5. Is there evidence that the professional activity/project is feasible as proposed? 

Prior Endowed Teaching Chair winners are eligible to apply.  If you are requesting a stipend as part of your proposed project, be aware that it will be added to your payroll check and given upon submission of required project reports.

Mid-year and year-end evaluations are required for each project, with information then being summarized and shared with Delta College staff and the Foundation Board of Directors.  It is anticipated that all project participants would be willing to share their experiences and knowledge with other faculty and/or staff members, perhaps at a Learning Days session or Town Hall meeting.

Most recent recipients

There are five (5) different Endowed Teaching Chair awards that are available.  Each one has a slightly different criteria for making the award.  Selection of an applicant for each of the awards will be recommended by the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence (FCTE) board.  However, you may want to consider the criteria of each one listed below, to see if there is one that more closely matches your proposed work, which may be addressed within your application narrative.

The Carlyon Endowed Teaching Chair was first awarded in 1994 and it encourages faculty to pursue a professional activity/project and related follow-up which may include the development of new academic modules, infusion activities or service learning opportunities. Eligibility: All Delta College faculty who have taught full-time for the College for at least three years.  This award honors President Emeritus Don Carlyon, his wife Betty, and their many years of innovation and service to the Delta community.  Don retired in 1992 and in 1968 led Delta College to become a founding member of the League for Innovation in the Community College. 

Most recent recipient: 

Lisa O'Laughlin - "IT" is Time: Upgrading the Virtual Assistant's Information Technology Toolbox (2023-2024)

Danielle Petersen, Natasha Rivet, Laura Schmidt, and Joshua Zieroff - Mastering Math in a Minute: 60 Seconds to a Super Semester (2023-2024)

David Baker and Melissa Haswell - Integrating Authentic Research Experience into Organic Chemistry  Laboratory Courses  (2022-2024)

The DeVinney Endowed Chair was first given in 2004 and honors Bob’s commitment to innovation in using technology in classroom teaching. Proposals focus on the innovative use or study of technology in the classroom or other learning environment. Eligibility: All Delta College full-time or adjunct faculty, or full-time and regular part-time staff whose work directly impacts student learning.  Robert DeVinney, longtime Professor of Mathematics at Delta, is memorialized through the endowment that bears his name.

Most recent recipients:

No recipients awarded in 2023-2024

First awarded in 2006, this award supports and rewards innovations that foster excellence and have a direct impact on student learning. Proposals should focus on the development of new academic modules, infusion activities or teaching and learning approaches, and involve cooperation of more than one department, discipline, or division. Eligibility: Full-time faculty members, or adjunct faculty members or staff members who are working to impact student learning.  The SunGard (Ellucian) Higher Education Endowed Teaching Chair was established by the Florida-based company that specializes in providing information technology services to colleges and universities nationwide.

Most recent recipient:

Bernadette Harkness, Andrea Bair, Joshua George, and Nicole Rausch - Using Learning Outcomes Tools to Critically Examine Course Design and Student Success  (2022-2024)

The MacArthur Endowed Teaching Chair was first awarded in 2011 and is restricted for projects focused on the following subject areas: art, languages, music, literature, psychology or history. Proposals should set forth primary values exemplified by Karen MacArthur during her tenure at Delta College: creativity and innovation. Eligibility: All full-time or adjunct faculty or Delta College staff.   Karen MacArthur, who retired as Executive Director of the Delta College Foundation and Delta's Executive Director of Institutional Advancement in 2007, is honored through this endowment that bears her name.

Most recent recipients:

Trish O'Connor and Ray Lacina - Teaching and Learning with Artificial Intelligence; ChatGPT & Gamification (2023-2024)

The Robert R. “Dr. Bob” Zimmermann Endowed Teaching Chair was first awarded in 2020 to provide professional development opportunities for faculty members. Proposals must demonstrate the primary values exemplified by Dr. Bob during his tenure at Delta College, including his belief all students should be treated equitably, with an equal opportunity to learn.  Applications including general professional development projects for faculty members will be considered, including those working in areas of disabilities or different learning styles are welcome to apply.  Eligibility:  Faculty members who are directly involved in the teaching process.  This award was established by Dr. Stephanie and Dr. Ted Coopman in memory of her father, Robert “Dr. Bob” Zimmerman.  Dr. Bob joyfully worked at Delta College from 1980 until his retirement in 1995.  He often said that he’d found his professional home at Delta College and greatly appreciated the opportunity to join the Delta community.

Most recent recipient:

Pam Ross-McClain - BEDI - FOR2CE Belonging, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Facilitators of Organizational Relearning and Restructuring to Create Excellence (2023-2024)