Students benefit when their instructors 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 groundwork 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.
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; and technical services. Please note that the program is not intended for use by faculty members in their quest for advanced degrees.
IDF grants are available to all continuing full-time faculty.
Proposals should include the following:
• a project description of no more than 1500 words that addresses the content and review criteria below;
• a current Curriculum Vitae;
• a letter of support from a colleague who is familiar with the area of scholarly/creative work and the applicant’s capabilities to achieve what is proposed; and
The project description should address the following:
• Central Issue/Concept- State the central issue or concept including a brief discussion of its background/history, its significance, its relationship to other problems or issues and, if applicable, any previous attempts at solution, their results and shortcomings.
• Scope - Outline specific limits of the proposed project; what exactly will be done, and, if applicable, what related work will not/cannot be done
• Implementation - Identify traditional methods and fully describe innovative methods. Identify resources and explain their integration into the project. Give duration of the project, anticipated schedule if project is divided into parts, and who will evaluate? How? When?
• Staffing implications (e.g., covering classes and other academic duties if you will be away) - If appropriate, explain how any impact on departmental program will be handled.
• Costs - Itemize labor costs, travel, lodging, meals, materials, etc.
• Expected Outcomes - Explain how the project will contribute to diversity/international goals and perhaps specific enhancement to current course(s) or future course(s).
Submission deadlines: September 15, November 15, February 15, April 15
Review Committee and Criteria
Committee members are elected for the year by the schools, with two members from Humanities and Sciences and one member from each of the other schools.
In addition to the purposes and restrictions stated above, proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
• potential for enabling faculty members to develop approaches to teaching that are especially oriented to diversity;
• potential for enabling faculty members to develop approaches to teaching that are especially oriented to international and cultural issues;
• feasibility (likelihood of successful completion, justification of costs);
• innovative nature; and
• need for resources beyond those available from school or department sources
Reporting and Inspection
A brief report to the Center for Faculty Excellence of how the grant was applied and the benefits that were gained is appreciated but not required.
Funded proposals are open to inspection by the campus community. Submission of a proposal implies permission to share the proposal or reproduce it for on-campus discussion if it is funded.