Curricular Innovation Grants

Grants from the Curricular Innovation Fund support projects including major curricular revisions for departments or programs, curricular innovations, and individual or team proposals to work on a specific course. Curricular Innovation Grants will be awarded by the Faculty Curricular Planning Committee (FCPC) for the summer of 2017 or winter break of 2017-2018. Directors and participants in any of the activities described below can receive stipends of $600 per week of full-time work up to a maximum of $3,600 (please note that stipends are taxable). Generally, grants of $1,200 (two weeks' support) will be available for individual course revisions; larger sums may be requested for development of new courses.  Note, however, that stipends will not normally be awarded for work that is considered an expected, normal part of faculty duties. Small sums for other expenses can also be provided (please note how much of your request is for expenses). The total grant may be larger than $3,600 for group applications.

Proposals are invited, addressing any of the following categories:

  1. Major curricular revisions for department or interdisciplinary programs undertaken by an individual faculty member or a group of faculty. Proposals would be expected to include provision for sharing with colleagues and program directors the results of the project undertaken.
  2. Curricular innovations whose development would involve faculty seminars or workshops. Proposals are expected to address how a small number of faculty would be centrally involved in intensive discussions of disciplinary or interdisciplinary topics. The project should lead to a significant change in the curriculum.
  3. A study of a subject or topic of substantive interest to one or more academic departments or disciplines. Although topics chosen might have some bearing on the curriculum, a proposal addressing this category would seek support for collegial discussion of academic or pedagogical issues of concern.
  4. Individual or team proposals to work on a specific course.

The Faculty Curricular Planning Committee particularly encourages proposals that build on the accomplishments of the Viz initiative, especially that incorporate exhibitions or performances that involve more than one class, department, and/or program; proposals to develop new courses or revise existing courses to meet the Intercultural Domestic Studies “overlay” requirement at the 100-level; proposals to undertake planning for ambitious ACE projects; and proposals for use of the planned new science or music/performance facilities for interdisciplinary or integrative curricular innovations.

Proposal deadline is February 6, 2017.

Examples of projects funded in preceding years include:

  • Palmar Alvarez-Blanco, Spanish, to develop an on-line tool for students to become active participants and contribute to the field of contemporary Spanish film and literature.
  • Steve Drew, Deborah Gross, Joe Chihade, and Matt Whited, Chemistry, to develop Principles of Chemistry II: a revision of the introductory chemistry curriculum.
  • Alex Knodell, Classics and Archaeology, to travel to Italy to develop a new course on the topography and materials culture of the ancient Roman world.