December 15, 2011
The Mellon Curricular
Pathways Grant offers funds to support the creation of new
courses that support and expand the following
three interdisciplinary programs and their concentrations.
Humanitarianism and Human Rights, Community and Global Health,
and Urban Studies. Courses should be implemented
during the 2012-2013 academic year. Grants will consist of faculty stipends
along with funds to allow the development of team teaching,
civic engagement, or other substantive teaching/learning activities. All funds must be spent by August 1, 2012.
Courses with elements involving New Orleans or Chicago are encouraged. For more
information, contact Karin
Aguilar-San Juan or David Lanegran.
Criteria for Approval of Courses
Each proposal should consider and explicitly address the needs of the program(s). Proposals must be accompanied
by a letter of support from the director of the intended program:
Humanitarianism and Human Rights - Jim Dawes,
Community and Global Health - Jaine Strauss, firstname.lastname@example.org
and Devavani Chatterjea, email@example.com
Urban Studies - Dan Trudeau, firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, because each course will be
housed in a department, a letter of support from the department
chair must be included.
Range of Funding
Only proposals for new courses will be considered. Total budget per proposal should
not exceed $3,000. Expenses may include summer stipends or
Faculty Travel and Research funds (up to $1,500). Proposals
may also include: books, DVDs, or other course development
materials; travel to appropriate conferences, institutions,
or field sites; work-study funds so that students may help
to arrange activities (trips, films, gatherings); and honoraria
for visiting scholars/speakers.
Criteria for Funding
Proposals that do not relate to any of the three concentrations will not be considered. Proposals that relate the
concentrations to each other, or that speak to issues that
have wide interest across the curriculum will also be considered.
The Mellon Curricular Pathways co-directors will take into
account the following factors:
- Does the course have the approval of a program director?
- What priorities does the course meet for the program
and the concentration?
- How many times will the course be offered? Will the
course be a sustainable feature of the program after the
duration of this grant?
- How does the course relate to the college’s General
- Does the course involve team-teaching or any other substantive
Each program will be asked for input. Funding may be adjusted
to provide consistency among all awardees. The final decision
will be made by grant co-directors Karin Aguilar-San Juan
and Dave Lanegran.
How to Apply
Please include six sections in your proposal in this order:
- Summary. Write a one-paragraph summary of the course.
- Narrative. Describe the course, its goals and objectives,
its relevance to one or more concentrations. Tell how
you will meet your course objectives.
- Timeline. Clearly indicate when you intend to complete
the work you describe in the proposal, and the semester
in which the course will first be offered. Indicate whether
or not the course will be taught in future semesters.
- Budget. Provide an itemized budget with a rationale
for each item.
- Letters of Support. Include two: one from your department
chair and one from the program director toward which your
proposal is intended.
- Other Materials. Enclose any other material you believe
would help us make our decision: for example, a syllabus,
an annotated bibliography, an exemplary student paper.
Send materials to Theresa Klauer (email@example.com)