CNS Faculty Resources

CNS Faculty are encouraged to visit the CNS Faculty Resources site for resources, links, tools, technologies, and recommended practices including synchronous and asynchronous engagement strategies, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), accessibility, diversity, equity and inclusion, and strategies for maintaining academic integrity. 

CNS Faculty Development

CNS Faculty Development and Programs help meet the mission and strategic goals of the College of Natural Science by actively supporting the research, teaching, and service work of our faculty while also promoting their wellbeing and resilience. Visit the CNS Faculty Development page for information on upcoming events and resources for individuals, teams, and departments.

Campus Resources

Support for CNS Lecturers

CNS acknowledges the many contributions of CNS lecturers and has created services and opportunities to enhance their professional success.

CNS Teaching Grants

Small grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to CNS faculty to pursue opportunities to increase their effectiveness as a researcher or instructor.


The purpose of the CNS mini-grant program is to provide funds to CNS faculty who wish to pursue opportunities to increase their effectiveness as a researcher or instructor. The goal of the program is to improve the quality of research and teaching within the College. Small grants, typically ranging from $500 to $1500, will be awarded on a competitive basis for proposals supporting the above purpose and goal.

Criteria for Funding

A short narrative describing how the funds will be used and how they will contribute to improving the quality of the faculty member's teaching or research. Top priority will be given to proposals that aim to develop and incorporate new or alternative approaches to teaching and research.


Decisions regarding funding will come from the Associate Dean's office after a panel review. Awards will be announced within three weeks of submission with funding available immediately thereafter.


Forms are available in the CNS Associate Dean's office and on-line: Teaching Mini Grant Form. Applications are being continuously accepted for CNS mini grants. The application should be emailed to Elizabeth Connor:

CNS Instructional Technology

The College of Natural Sciences is at the forefront of harnessing technology to significantly alter the way in which science and math are taught. To learn more about these advances in computer-aided pedagogy, follow the links below.

Online Web-based Learning (OWL)

Online Web-based Learning (OWL) is a comprehensive, web-based homework, testing, training, and survey system developed by UMass Amherst. OWL chemistry and computer science homework modules have been published nationally. OWL modules can be developed and linked to from the Moodle learning management system. 

Scientific Reasoning Research Institute (SRRI)

Scientific Reasoning Research Institute (SRRI)
Conducts and applies research on reasoning and cognitive processes to improve science and mathematics education.