To help support instruction and engagement during the spring semester, we are launching a Teaching & Engagement Fund.  

We’ve consistently heard from faculty and students a need to increase engagement in our current modes of instruction. We also recognize that new approaches for engagement will require additional resources. Our aim is to enhance the development of interactions between Georgia Tech faculty, staff, and students. 

To the extent possible, requests should be aligned with our Spring 2021 instruction goals, including: 

  • Maximize the number of courses offered in residential and hybrid course modes.  

  • For hybrid courses, increase the number of meaningful and regular interactions to provide students greater opportunity for personal engagement with their faculty, academic staff, and peers.  

  • Maximize synchronous interaction whenever possible, even when combined with asynchronous lecture content, and engage students in high-quality remote instruction when in-person or hybrid instruction is not possible. 

Instructor-Planned Activity Funds 

Instructors can request one-time funds from the Office of the Provost to support engagement activities with their students. These funds can be used to:

  • Provide individually pre-packaged, to-go food for an in-person class meeting (no buffet-style, self-serve food, or eating in the classroom, please).
  • Cover the costs related to in-person or virtual interactive activity.
  • Any direct cost that will further student learning and engagement. 

Faculty and academic staff can also request funds for student focused activities that involve multiple courses or enriching activities not directly related to instruction. While there is not a specific limit on the reimbursable amount, individual requests should typically not exceed $300.  

All in-person gatherings should adhere to Institute health and safety guidelines. 

How it Works: 

  1. Prior to or after the activity, the faculty or staff member send an email to with the following information: 

    • Name

    • School/Department

    • Course Code/Title (if applicable) 

    • Amount Requested 

    • Brief description of how the expense would (or did) enhance pedagogical goals, promote student engagement, or benefit student experiences. 

  2. The Office of the Provost will review and determine approval within 2 business days. 

  3. Once approved, reimbursement of the instructor’s approved expenses will be coordinated through the home unit and the Office of the Provost. 


  1. Reimbursements are subject to Institute policy regarding Georgia Tech Foundation expenditures:  

  1. Institute policy prohibits the use of funds for off-campus food deliveries