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:

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

  • Represent a range of disciplines;
  • Integrate with launch of General Education and Hallmarks;
  • Leverage a College’s, School’s or an ecosystem’s core curriculum;
  • Leverage the Collection for Nexus Learning outcomes and experiences;
  • 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:

  • Eligible faculty may receive one University grant per academic year.
  • 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.