Mini Grants for Curriculum Development

The Center for Teaching Innovation and Nexus Learning and the Provost’s Office are pleased to announce two mini- grants for curriculum development.  


The purpose of the grant is to integrate into the curricula the University’s important special collections and archives:

  1. Arlen Specter Collection
  2. the Arlen Specter Center for Public Service
  3. the Textile and Apparel Collection

Proposals that address one or more of the following institutional goals are strongly encouraged:

  1. Represent a range of disciplines;
  2. Integrate with launch of General Education and Hallmarks;
  3. Leverage a College’s, School’s or an ecosystem’s core curriculum;
  4. Leverage the Collection for Nexus Learning outcomes and experiences;
  5. Are intentional in the plans for institutionalization.


  • Full-time faculty in tenure-track and tenured positions and on renewable contracts.
  • Adjunct faculty with a letter of support from their program director.
  • Staff members may be co-applicants, but may not receive summer stipends unless they are part-time.

Pre-Submission Requirement:

Interested faculty should consult with the curators of the respective Collections before submitting their proposals:  

  • Marcella Milio, Curator of the Textile and Costume Collection
  • Stan Gorski, Associate Director of Gutman Library and Director of the University’s Special Collections  

Application Instructions:

By March 30th, applicants should submit:

1. A one- to two-page application that includes:

  • The course and the pedagogical opportunity for incorporating one of the University’s special collections. (10 points)
  • Description of how the proposal meets one or more of the institutional goals. (20 points)
  • Description of how the work will achieve Nexus Learning goals and improve the student experience and learning outcomes. (20 points)
  • Description of the plans for institutionalization, for example, curricular change will be incorporated into General Education curriculum or incorporated all sections of a course taught by the applicant and adjunct faculty. (20 points)  
  • Description of the assessment of the learning outcomes. (10 points)
  • Description of the evaluation of the project’s success/lessons learned.  (10 points)
  • Budget narrative for the requested expenses and timeline. (5 points)

2. Budget Template (5 points)


  • Individual grants may be up to $1,500. 
  • A total of five (5) grants are available. 
  • Eligible expenses include faculty summer stipends (up to $1,000 plus FICA), research-related travel, equipment, and/or research and instructional supplies. 
  • Non-compensation expenses must be incurred by June 30, 2014

Grantee Requirements:

  1. Eligible faculty may receive one University grant per academic year.
  2. Funded applicants will be required to submit a final grant report by January 30 or June 30, depending upon the semester in which the revised course is taught.