Interdisciplinary Course Development Grants

The Office of the Provost

and the

Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching

Invite Proposals for

Interdisciplinary Course Development Grants

Grant Period: Spring and Summer 2015

For courses to be offered Fall 2015 and Spring 2016  

Proposals Due: December 1, 2014


 Seed Funding for Proposal Development:

Grant Period: Summer 2014 and/or Fall 2014

Proposals Due: June 2, 2014

Please see the Course Development Office Hours section below.

Interdisciplinary Course Development Grants give faculty additional time and resources to create new courses or redesign existing courses that cross department, program, and school/college boundaries. The awards are intended to promote faculty and student collaboration across disciplines in support of innovative undergraduate and doctoral education. We are particularly, but not exclusively, interested in courses that build on or might lead to interdisciplinary research efforts. Detailed criteria, proposal requirements, and application cover sheets can be found on the CEIT website at

A limited number of seed grants (max. $5000) are available to enable teams of faculty to develop proposals during the summer and fall, 2014.

Eligibility: Full-time Assistant, Associate and Full Professors and full-time Lecturers. Undergraduate courses and graduate courses in doctoral programs.

Interdisciplinary Course Development Grant funding can be used for:

  • Partial summer funding for faculty.
  • Undergraduate or graduate student research and design support.
  • Expenses related to course development meetings.
  • Expenses related to the development of course materials.
  • Expenses related to the benchmarking of cross-disciplinary courses offered at other universities (travel, literature reviews, etc.).
  • Training for faculty in the use of technology.
  • Other legitimate course development expenses.

Awards for Interdisciplinary Course Development will generally amount to between $5,000 and $30,000 with an upper limit of $40,000. Limited follow-up funding will be available to revise the course in response to feedback from the first or second offering (deadline and application procedure TBA in 2015).

Departments/Programs and Schools/colleges should indicate their support for course development projects by providing funding toward the total.

The number of awards given annually will depend on the quality of the proposals, the amounts requested and the amounts available from all sources.  We expect two to five awards will be given at each level (undergraduate, doctoral).

Course Development Information Session:

For faculty considering developing a proposal we will hold an Information Session on October 9, 4:00-5:00 PM to answer general questions and will be happy to meet with faculty who would like to discuss their ideas in more detail.

Janelle Heineke, CEIT Director (

Beth Loizeaux, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs (

Tim Barbari, Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs (


Interdisciplinary Course Development Grants


Courses eligible for grant funding can be new or existing courses that:

  1. Bring more than one discipline to bear on a contemporary question or problem.
  2. Bring more than one discipline to bear on an enduring question or problem.
  3. Approach an object of study–an event, a text, an artifact, a set of texts or artifacts, etc.–from more than one disciplinary vantage point.

In addition:

  • Courses will cross departments/programs, preferably colleges/schools.
  • Courses could be team-taught, or designed by a multi-disciplinary team that will teach the course in rotation.
  • Courses could be rooted in one discipline and integrate expertise from other disciplines. This would need to be more, however, than a series of guest appearances in a course.
  • Courses will satisfy a program requirement (for general education or a major or minor for undergraduate programs; as a required or elective course for graduate programs).
  • Courses will be/become part of the regularly-offered curriculum; participating departments/programs will commit to offering the course at least three times over the next four years for undergraduate programs and at least every other year for graduate programs.
  • Undergraduate courses may be at any level (100-500), should require active learning and should appeal to students in more than one discipline.
  • Including undergraduate, graduate and/or advanced doctoral students, as appropriate, as part of the course design process is highly encouraged so that the course development can, itself, be an educational experience for our students and so that faculty can benefit from the student perspective.


Proposals for Interdisciplinary Course Development Grant

Grant Period: Spring and Summer 2015

For courses to be offered Fall 2015 and Spring 2016

Proposals Due: December 1, 2014

Submit as Word doc or pdf to

ICD Grant Full Proposal Form

Proposal form (form must be signed by all involved department or program chairs and deans, and include the amount of funding departments/programs and deans will commit to the course development) should include:

  1. A detailed description of the proposed course, a rationale for its development, an explanation of its place in the permanent curriculum of the program, and a schedule of its offering for the next four years.
  2. Brief bios of the faculty and students who will be involved in the course development.
  3. A statement of how the program will measure the success of the course and how learning in the course will be assessed, and a plan for continuous course improvement.
    1. A timeline for course development.
    2. Brief statements of support from all department chairs and Deans.
    3. A budget.


Proposal length: No more than 5 pages, plus supporting statements, and budget.