Internal Support for Curriculum Development
The funding options discussed below include:
- Curricular Development Grants
- The Norman B. Smith Faculty Fund
- The Mellon Language Studies Grant
- The Christian Johnson Endeavor Fund
- Funding from the Program in Comparative Literature
These were created with funding from the Office of the Dean to support development of courses of particular interest for the college curriculum. Starting spring of 2012, these grants will support courses in two categories. Awards are generally $2,000 for two weeks of work (course revisions or adding a new component to an existing course; $4,000 for development of a new course. Note that awards are shared by faculty planning a course together.
First, we seek courses that will undergo significant revision to incorporate new developments in digital learning. We are particularly interested in those that make use of network or web resources in the class (i.e. we are not interested in simply placing a class on a prowl site). The Dean’s Office will review proposals with an ad hoc committee chosen from other faculty and Information Technology staff. Proposals due the first Friday of Block 7.
Second, we will continue to support courses that expand our General Education offerings in two particular areas. If you plan a new course for the First-Year-Experience Program or that will meet West-in-Time, The General Education Committee will review proposals. Proposals due the first Friday of Block 7.
Norm Smith, Class of 1942, recently endowed a fund dedicated to helping to improve the quality of undergraduate teaching by supporting recently-hired faculty at the College through merit awards to celebrate high quality teaching, incentive awards to enhance teaching, and/or summer stipends for faculty in their first and second years at the College to help prepare courses. After consulting with younger faculty, we decided this year to use the income from the endowment to support one $4,000 stipend for course development for the equivalent of a four-week period during the summer. You can propose to develop an introductory or advanced course, a course in the department or an interdisciplinary program, an FYE offering or one designed for Critical Perspectives credit. Generally due in Block 6. See most recently posted application guidelines.
In December 2011 Colorado College received a two-year, $509,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to build on the success of our previous 2009 award and to, among other things, support our faculty's language development. See additional information here.
The Christian Johnson Endeavor Fund encourages innovative, discipline-specific and interdisciplinary faculty proposals, including ‘team’ proposals that will increase the number of CC and CC-affiliated international programs, improve international programs already established at CC, or broaden the range of the College’s internationally-oriented courses. Currently an annual total of ~$16,000 is available to support this endeavor. Generally due by the end of Block 2; a second round at the end of Block 5 may occur if funds are left. Contact Jeff Noblett at x6681. See most recently posted application guidelines.
Every two to three years, Comparative Literature offers support for faculty to design new or revise existing courses to be taught under the Comparative Literature topics rubric of Literature and Other Disciplines. The courses may be offered at the 200-level (CO220) or the 300-level (CO352) and may be cross-listed in other departments. Two grants of up to $2,500 each are awarded to teams of faculty who wish to engage in the planning and implementation of a topics course addressing Literature and Other Disciplines. Faculty are free to use the grants however they choose. They are expected to teach the course within two years. Generally due in Block 4.