Call for Proposals

Deadline: Friday, Dec. 4th, 2020; Friday, January 15th, 2021 for additional applications as funding allows. Community of Inquiry, Practice and Excellence (CIPE)


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have changed the way we teach and serve students. Your district Faculty Development would like to support your collaborative effort in exploring better ways to teach, engage and assess student learning.  New projects created during the COVID-19 pandemic will be considered.

A CIPE is a small group of Seattle Colleges faculty working in collaboration to investigate questions aligned with the anti-bias, anti-racist (ABAR) pedagogy and practice, the district core strategic priorities and Guided Pathways principles. Members conduct an inquiry project during the spring quarter and report findings at the end of that academic calendar year. CIPEs explore and develop diverse interests within and across disciplines, divisions, and programs to promote student achievement and success.

2020-21 CIPE proposals must address strategies and approaches that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), anti-bias, anti-racist (ABAR) education, student engagement and learning, or enrollment, retention, and completion.


Each CIPE team may request up to $1,000 for your project upon the completion of your project for a team of 3-5 or $800 for a team of 2 members; with an additional $200 for a zoom workshop to share your work before May 31st, 2021. This funding is limited to allowable expenses within Seattle Colleges policy, such as stipend for time spent on creating the products, purchasing books or journals, and or similar purposes. Funds may not be used for food or refreshments. The funds will be awarded upon successful completion of the project.

CIPE teams agree to

  • Work collaboratively as a team during the academic year.
  • As needed, meet with your campus Office of Institutional Effectiveness about data to support the inquiry.
  • Summarize findings in a final report and submit the report to the Faculty Development by May 10th, 2021 and make the project link available for other faculty to access or to be posted on the FD website.
  • Prepare a zoom workshop to share its outcomes and findings, and ideas or practices that could be adopted by others before the end of May, 2021 for the additional $200 per team.

CIPE proposal review criteria

  • Includes a team of 3–5 faculty, or a team of 2 faculty members
  • Clarity and detail of project description
  • Articulation of how the proposal relates to ABAR education, EDI, student learning, assessment, retention, or enrollment and completion
  • Articulation of how the project engages team members within or across different divisions/disciplines
  • Priority will be given to proposals that promote ABAR, EDI, assessment and/or innovative instructional design.

How to Submit a Proposal – by due dates

Form a team (2–5 members) and submit a proposal. Accepted CIPEs teams may request to modify their projects as needed.

Click here to submit a proposal online

Direct questions to the FLC/CIPE Team: Yilin Sun (, Lynn Kanne ( , Kalyn Owens (, and Hugo Alamillo (

Submit proposals to Faculty Development by due dates.  The FD committee will notify you of the decisions within 2 weeks after the due date.