Curriculum Development Grants
Curriculum Development Grants support courses that connect students to external communities in direct ways through creation of new courses or enhancement of existing courses. Funds may be used for summer stipends, one-course reductions in teaching load, expenses of developing and/or offering the courses, as well as for costs of re-offering a previously developed course. A list of past curriculum grantees can be found here. Maximum funding is typically $5,000. Lang Center staff members are available to help with the development of proposals, as well as community placements, transportation, orientation, reflection, and skill building. A summer stipend is $5,000 for two months and may be pro-rated for projects that do not require this much time. Course reduction requires approval from the department and the Provost.
For new or enhanced courses, funds may be used to support summer stipends, a one-course reduction in teaching load, and/or costs related to course development or offering the course, e.g. books, software, travel, guest artists, materials. Applications should include:your goals for the new or enhanced course; activities to be undertaken during the project period and how these will contribute to development or enhancement of the course; rationale for your expectation that the community-based learning will help achieve your goals for the course; description of ways the course will foster students' acquisition and/or use of the priority skill sets in connection with their academic work; a budget; your commitment to teach the class for at least one semester; and a letter of support from your department or program chair which includes a commitment to offer the new or enhanced course in the schedule of courses.
For a repeat offering, grants will normally not include stipends or course reduction, but can be used to cover special costs of the course due to its community-based component. Applications for requests to repeat a course should include: rationale for repeating the course and any changes to be made from the original offering; a letter from your department or program chair which includes a commitment to repeat the course and to efforts to include in the department budget any funds needed for offering the course beyond the term of the Lang grant; and your commitment to work with Lang Center staff to evaluate the effectiveness of the course. Selection will be made by faculty members of the Lang Center Advisory Committee; and recommended to the Provost. Criteria for selection will include: intellectual quality of the connection between course content and community-based learning; potential of externally-oriented components of the course to contribute valuably to the education of students and to the communities within which we are embedded; feasibility of the proposed activities and course development; and desirability of offering opportunities for community-based learning across departments and divisions.
The Maurice G. Eldridge Faculty Fellowship
This award was established in 2011 by Eugene M. Lang '38 to honor the service of Maurice G. Eldridge '61, Vice President for College and Community Relations, to the College and its commitment to academic excellence linked to socially responsible civic engagement. This fund supports a fellowship for a member of the faculty whose scholarship and teaching contributes significantly to community service and civic engagement, linking teaching and scholarship to real-world community-based engagement. It is to be awarded to a tenured member of the faculty through an application process administered by the Provost. The fellowship is held for a four year period, and during that time the Fellow is expected to design and implement curricular initiatives and commit to a program of scholarship that support the goal of addressing real-world problems through community engagement. The fellowship provides a second semester leave, two course releases for the Fellow during the academic year(s) when the design and implementation of the curricular initiatives are underway, and a budget of $15,000 for project and dissemination projects.
The Fellow may work in close collaboration with The Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility. The project is expected to include a dissemination component which might, for example, include a conference among colleagues at other institutions engaged in similar work. Tenured faculty will apply for the Fellowship with a long-term project in mind that combines both teaching and scholarship. The fellow will be selected by the Provost in consultation with the President, division chairs and the Executive Director of the Lang Center.
An application consists of (1) a narrative proposal of not more than 5 pages describing the project, addressing both the scholarly and curricular components; (2) a timeline for the work to be accomplished, including the leave schedule of the applicant and the likely timing of course releases; (3) a budget for project and dissemination costs; (4) a current curriculum vita; (5) a letter of support from the department chair acknowledging that the schedule of course releases is consistent with the department's future course offerings. Applications are typically due in March with an anticipated start of September the same year. Note: A later start for the four year fellowship is possible, if the circumstances surrounding a compelling proposal dictate.