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Request for Proposals

As part of imagining a new Center for Intensive Learning and Engaged Teaching, a.k.a CILET, President Tiefenthaler has given us an additional $50,000 for another round of initiatives. The funding supports exciting pilot projects that demonstrate how a new Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning might enrich the already vibrant scholarship and pedagogy at Colorado College. We invite all members of the campus community to think big about projects. What could you get off the ground that would enable us to imagine how to support new ideas around engaged teaching and learning? See below for examples, including some successful initiatives proposed and launched last year.


Starting December 1st, our committee will review applications and grant funding until the money is gone. The projects must start in spring or summer 2015 and be able to demonstrate progress by next fall.


We want this to be easy. So, write a 1-page letter of intent (or fill out short answers on the online submission form) that sketches out the project, resource needs, and budget.

(Last year we funded projects that ranged from $2,500 to $10,000, but we had no limit.) We want to know what will make your project successful: space, staffing, release time… Tell us how your project demonstrates at least one of the goals below and how you will make that visible.

CriteriaProjects will be evaluated by

  • how well they showcase what could happen in a new Center;  
  • how well they support the specific strategic planning goals listed below;
  • how well they help us build on our strong community by engaging students, faculty, parents, alums, and friends of the College as both experts and learners;
  • how likely the project is to show significant progress by next fall.

Strategic Planning Goals (with examples from last year)

1) Support undergraduate research, thesis writing, and fellowship proposals, where faculty and staff will mentor thesis, fellowship, and summer research students.

  • Using advanced Italian students as research assistants to subtitle an Italian film in the summer.
  • Hiring a part time writing tutor to so that professional staff in the Writing Center can work with seniors on capstone projects and grants.
  • TigerTalks Training: A place to learn excellent oral communication skills for everyone at CC.

2) Create in-residence programs for artists, scholars, social entrepreneurs, journalists, post-docs, film-makers and others, building on the block and extending our reach to engage our alumni and parents, as well as others, who are experts in their fields.

  • Visiting Experts – paired w/ faculty or staff with release time (write into budget) assigned to work with them for a block, to organize projects, a class, workshops, presentations, research and mentoring for students.
    • Digital Liberal Arts Experts (filmmakers, journalists, rhetoricians) who came to work with students in three linked courses in first semester.
    • Parent’s Weekend Climate Change Seminar: CC alums, parents, and faculty shared expertise in a weekend symposium.
  • Idea Seminars for Faculty and Students – What do I need to begin this project? People, resources, research…
  • The Tiger Pen: getting the right people in the room, focused and on task to solve long-standing challenges with the authority to make changes.

3) Develop the Office for Field Study to support faculty in all disciplines as they design and implement local and regional field trips.

  • An education course taught in the San Luis Valley to connect CC students with practicing educators to better understand the needs of Spanish-speaking children.

4) Study the Block Plan by delving into its unique academic experience and sharing these findings internally and externally.

  • Introducing students to the Block – 8 FYE faculty worked together over the summer to link courses, invite visiting scholars, and make the most of the Block structure. 

Action team members

  • Anne Hyde, Chair
    [Director of the Crown Faculty Center]
  • Inger Bull
    Director of International Programs
  • Drew Cavin
    Director of Field Study
  • David Harker
    Director of the Collaborative for Community Engagement
  • Jared Richman
    Assistant Professor of English
  • Tomi-Ann Roberts
    Professor of Psychology
  • Carrie Ruiz
    Assistant Professor of Spanish
  • Tracy Santa
    Director of the Writing Center
  • Chad Schonewill 
    Help Desk Team Lead
  • Kris Stanec
    Lecturer in Education
  • Naomi Wood
    Assistant Professor of Spanish

Staffed by Caitlin Apigian, President’s Office