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Curriculum and Course Transformation Proposals

To support individual faculty members, staff involved teaching, programs or departments who submit a strong proposal to develop a significantly new course or curriculum or significantly transform an existing course by introducing a new way of teaching, a new technology or other significant enhancement. Proposed transformations must be aligned with stated student learning goals for the course and the learning goals for the program (if any). Proposals from groups of faculty, programs or departments for radical transformation of curriculum and learning of best practices are encouraged. (These funds are not to be used for standard course development and improvement, which is expected as part of the faculty member’s teaching responsibilities.) (Note: program partly subsumes the program formerly known as PETE.)

Questions should be directed to the Associate Provost for Student Academic Initiatives, Scott Johnson.

Call for Proposals

Applications are invited for Curriculum and Course Transformation Grants as follows:

  • Applications for funding to be used in the spring semester should be submitted by November 1.
  • Applications for funding to be used in the fall semester should be submitted by March 1. Requests for exceptions to these deadlines will be considered on a case-by-case basis and should be addressed to the Associate Provost for Student Academic Initiatives, Scott Johnson.

This fund supports faculty and staff as they work to transform a course, curriculum, academic program, or academic department. The goal is to support new possibilities, different thinking, transformative ideas, radical approaches. Funding can be used for travel, technology, materials, consultations, collaborations, or other expenses. The preference with this fund is to support big ideas resulting in significant changes rather than small revisions that result in minor changes, all toward helping keep Richmond pedagogy on the leading edge. Criteria for funding include likely transformational impact, affordability, and appropriateness for the fund.

Application: The format of the application is less important than the content. To be considered for funding, please provide the following information in a Word document to Scott Johnson.

  • Name/s and Department/s of Requestor/s
  • A Detailed Proposal: Carefully describe your idea and what you anticipate doing/needing. How is it in some significant way transformative? What will be the outcome/s, both short- and long-term? Who will benefit and how? When will you be doing the work associated with the proposal? Do you have support of your department chair/dean/supervisor? Please be clear and concise in creating a non-jargon-filled proposal.
  • A Detailed Description of the Funding Requested: How much money will be needed, and how will it be spent? Provide the most specific details possible (with the understanding that some items may need to be estimated).