Award Opportunities

Instructional Development Fund: Diversity/International Projects

Definitions and Objective

IC faculty members are continually responsible for developing and revising the curriculum. Hence, the IDF funds primarily support proposals that are notably innovative, require assistance beyond those available from school or department sources, or address College, school, or departmental priorities, and/or seek to activate a key component from the Mission Statement of Ithaca College.

Students benefit when their teachers are enthusiastic about exploring new ideas and are actively engaged in broadening their knowledge. As faculty members are enriched, so ultimately are the students’ educational experiences. In addition to grants for course improvement focused on curriculum development and pedagogical experiments, IDF grants also encourage and support projects that incorporate diversity and international/cultural content.  Although immediate curricular impact is not necessary, it is expected that ground work for future courses and/or other interactions that encourage the exchange of ideas and practices focused on enhancing diversity and international understanding between faculty members will result. Please note that the program is not intended for use by faculty members in their quest for advanced degrees.


In addition to the rationale for the fund stated above, proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

• the project’s potential for enabling faculty members to develop approaches to teaching that are especially oriented to diversity; and/or

• the project’s potential for enabling faculty members to develop approaches to teaching that are especially oriented to international and cultural issues;

• the project’s feasibility (likelihood of successful completion, justification of costs).

Applicants should keep in mind the institutional goals of IC to increase diversity programming. IC is stressing its efforts to strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented groups and international venues to join the College’s students, staff, and faculty. (/ic2020/programs/)

Applicants should be aware of IC’s intention to improve our efforts in educating global citizens.  Please be aware of opportunities for instructional development related to our global learning opportunities in Los Angeles, London, and New York City. In addition, instructional development related to enhancing multicultural dimensions of learning will be valued. (/ic2020/programs/)

An example:

“Virtual classes from Mumbai to Ithaca College” a multi-disciplinary, multicultural teaching tool mounting virtual music classes with leading artists/musicians in Mumbai, India that integrates South Asia Studies, Ethnomusicology/Anthropology/Literary Studies/Communication and Culture.

Eligible Budget Categories
Diversity/International projects are funded under two categories: joint projects involving two or more faculty members (up to $3,000) and individual projects ($1,500). In order to support the faculty in their efforts to introduce and expand the international focus of their teaching and curriculum development, the IDF program may fund, in exceptional circumstances, a limited number of double awards per year (maximum $3000 each) to support faculty who need to travel abroad to participate in appropriate activities. The activities for which this expanded support is requested should be directly related to the statement of international focus of the proposer’s department and school. This award may be combined with reassigned released time, at the discretion of the dean, to allow adequate opportunity for the integration of the international experience into the curriculum.

Fees for training workshops may include travel, lodging, or meal expenses required for such workshops; materials such as slides or software for course adaption; technical services.

Composition and Role of Instructional Development Review Committee

Committee members will be selected to represent all schools and will be appointed by the Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence.  The Committee will review proposals submitted to the IDF Committee and will make recommendations to the Director.

Procedures for Submitting a Proposal

• An original proposal should be submitted electronically to Laurie Wasik in the Center for Faculty Excellence at One printed copy with cover page containing signatures from the department chair and the dean/director must be submitted to the Center for Faculty Excellence by the published deadline (see below). When support for a workshop is requested, the printed announcement, brochure, or website link for it should be included in the proposal.

• Proposals are due in the Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center, by September 15 or November 15 for fall and spring implementation, February 15 for spring and summer implementation, and April 15 for summer and fall implantation.

• Proposals that are complete, concise, clear, and comply with the specified format will be considered for funding. All proposed expenditures must be detailed and fully justified. At the Committee’s discretion, vague proposals will be returned to the author for clarification or will be refused. Faculty applicants are encouraged to discuss ideas of drafts with Committee members beforehand.

• Department chairs/directors and/or deans should be consulted about the project before the proposal is finalized and submitted for review.

• Decisions for funding will be communicated by letter within one month after the deadline for submitting proposals.

• If completion of a project will require support from Information Technology Services (ITS) or the Center for Educational Technology (CET), a memo of support from ITS/CET should accompany the proposal.

Download the IDF: Diversity/International Projects cover page and guidelines.