The Provost's Faculty Diversity Curriculum Grants were first awarded in the 2015-16 academic year. Twenty-two grants totaling 58,000 have been distributed. These grants have been established to encourage more diversity intelligence in all aspects of the curriculum, in support of faculty interest, and to offer students more experience with the pervasive impact of difference in a multicultural society. This initiative supports JMU’s Core Quality of Access, Inclusion and Diversity, Goal 3F:

The university will infuse a value and culture of diversity into the primary teaching, research and service approaches of academic units.

Therefore the Provost is pleased to announce competition for at least six diversity curriculum development grants for up to $3,000 each. The Council seeks proposals that contribute to enriching educational and research experiences that will support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.  Through these grants we encourage faculty to talk about how curriculum can better showcase and support faculty interest in diversity, through revisions of existing courses, creation of new courses and research on diversity issues that pertain to curricular innovation.   

Applicants can apply for funding that addresses the Council mission through any of the following priorities:   

  1. Propose revising and teaching an existing course to enhance diversity or inclusivity learning outcomes.
  2. Propose developing a new course that incorporates diversity or inclusivity learning outcomes.    
  3. Propose research that will explore aspects of diversity in the curriculum.   
  4. Propose research on issues relating to sustainable academic affairs practices that foster access, retention, diversity and inclusion at JMU and may lead to external grants.   

Criteria for Evaluation

  • Alignment with selected priority
  • Potential impact on students
  • Feasibility and sustainability
  • Plan for dissemination
  • Assessment plan
  • Organization and coherence

How to Apply

Submissions are closed for 2018. Please check back in Fall 2018 for information on applying for a 2019 grant.

Previous Recipients



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