Curriculum Development


The Office of the Dean is please to support curriculum development each summer. Tenure-track faculty, tenured faculty, adjunct professors and lecturers are invited to apply. Typically a call for proposals is sent in March and the application is due in Canvas in early April.

The following information was applicable to 2021 summer grants. Award amounts and the number of available awards may change for Summer 2022.

Norman B. Smith Faculty Fund

Norm Smith, Class of 1942, 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 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.  Typically, the call is issued via email in Block 6, with the deadline in Block 7.

Eligibility: Tenure-track faculty in their 1st and 2nd years at the College to help prepare new courses or significantly revise existing courses.

Purpose: Award of up to $4,000 (taxable income) available to one faculty member to support course development during a four-week period in the summer

Dean's Curricular Development Grants

Eligibility: These grants are awarded to faculty working on a collaborative initiative

Purpose: Faculty may revise and develop courses for the FYE program, to meet the Critical Perspectives requirements or to contribute to their department’s plans for its curriculum and/or major. Proposals to recast required departmental courses taught by most members of the department are encouraged. Work should occur during the summer or over half-block. If two faculty members apply together to prepare or revise a team-taught course, they will share the award equally.

Course Revision grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded for significantly revised courses, assuming two full weeks of focused effort (80-100 hours of work)

Criteria for Proposals

• What is being revised (lectures, readings, topics, projects, pedagogy)? Please be specific.
• How will these changes enhance student learning?
• If courses are being designed to meet the criteria for Critical Perspectives or for FYE, how will they meet these goals? Or, in the case of required departmental courses, what problems require attention, and how do you propose to address them?


Course Development grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded for creation of new courses; assuming four full weeks of focused effort (160-200 hours). Courses developed by a team of faculty are encouraged. Awards for a team will be shared equally.

Criteria for Proposals:

• Will the course meet FYE or Critical Perspectives objectives? If so, how?
• What pedagogical approaches inform the course and how are these likely to enhance learning?
• Do the courses incorporate new modes of learning? If so, describe what is new


Guidelines for submission of curricular development proposals:

1) Applications must include the following information in this order: 

a) Name of faculty member.
b) Current date.
c) Course Title.
d) A short rationale for developing the new course or revising an existing course.
e) Provide a course description, an explanation of the goals, the readings, discussions, papers or projects central to the course. If the course fulfills the Critical Perspectives or the FYE requirement, relate the course design to the criteria as specifically as possible. Discuss the pedagogy or the elements of the course you propose to use to enhance student learning in the course.
f) An old syllabus for comparison, if applicable; a new tentative outline or syllabus. 
g) An estimate of the duration of the project.
h) Please note whether you have received a curricular development grant in the past three years.

2. Results: At the completion of the project, faculty members must submit a syllabus to the review committee. After teaching the course, faculty members will submit a summary of the student evaluations and an assessment of the results of the changes. Failure to submit these documents may compromise one’s opportunities for curricular development grants in the future

Christian Johnson Endeavor Fund

Colorado College encourages innovative, discipline-specific and interdisciplinary faculty proposals, include "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. Through the generosity of the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, awards approximately $15,000 annually to support course development and affiliation/exchange development. Typically, the call is issued via email in Block 1, with the deadline in Block 2. A second round at the end of Block 5 may occur if funding is available.

Jackson Fellowship

Named for Helen Jackson, the grandniece of Helen Hunt Jackson, Jackson Fellowship grants provide support to Colorado College faculty involved in scholarship or course development on themes with southwestern content. The program is funded by the Helen Jackson and William S. Jackson Family Endowment. The call is typically issued via email in Block 5 with a deadline in Block 6.

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