The General Education Council invites applications for its 2021-2022 Collaborative Curriculum Development Grants. The purpose of this program is to support General Education curricular reform in areas pertaining to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and accessibility. This reform will be enacted though revision of existing General Education courses or design of experimental courses. The program further seeks to: support collaboration amongst faculty involved in the General Education program, improve alignment across sections of General Education courses, and improve messaging about the General Education program to stakeholder groups. Grant proposals should be collaborative efforts of three or more faculty. Faculty may be drawn from instructors of a single course (e.g. HIST 225), within a single outcome area (e.g. critical thinking), across areas, or across clusters. 

Successful proposals will:
-involve multiple faculty members, with support from the relevant unit head(s).

-include a clear plan for and commitment to implementation of the project’s planned reform across multiple sections of the relevant General Education course(s). Proposals for experimental courses should address the course’s likelihood of garnering departmental C&I approval and departmental ability to offer multiple sections each semester.

-respond to a gap in curricula at JMU with respect to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, or accessibility. The use of inclusive pedagogy is an expected part of implementation of the new curricula, but is not itself the intended subject of this grant call.

Detailed instructions for proposal format and appendices are below. For conversations and questions about proposals, please contact the relevant Cluster coordinator(s).

APPLICATION DEADLINE: extended to Friday, February 04, 2022. 

Send complete applications to gened@jmu.edu.

All grant expenditures must be finalized and submitted to the General Education Office by June 1, 2022. Final grant reports are due to the General Education Council by September 1, 2022.

Proposals for General Education Collaboration Grants MUST include the following:

  1. Information Sheet (one page)
    1. Title. Give a brief title.
    2. Director(s)/Participants. Include names of the individual/s submitting the grant proposal and who will be responsible for its implementation (the Director/s) and those other individuals who will have involvement in the grant activity (the Participants). If the specific individuals who will be participants are unknown at the time of the grant submission, then provide the number of individuals that will be expected to participate and the academic units involved.
    3. Give a brief statement concerning the purpose of the proposal and its relevance and contribution to the General Education program. Describe how this proposal benefits students and faculty. If appropriate, describe how the grant will affect what is currently in place.
  2. Narrative (no more than 1000 words)
    1. Activity/Product. If the proposal entails primarily activities, describe the activities to be funded and, if appropriate, give proposed dates for summer workshops/projects. Clearly identify the intended outcomes of the activities. If the proposal is to be used for developing products such as syllabi or teaching modules, then give a detailed explanation of how these will be created. It is strongly recommended that faculty who are developing a new course spend some time interacting with the other faculty teaching in the cluster for the purpose of maintaining coherency within the shared content and/or concepts of that cluster. Cite any relevant sources.
    2. Give dates of relevant activities related to the grant work undertaken and the date of submission of the grant report. The deadline for the submission of grant reports is September 1, 2022.
    3. Deliverables/Product. Please state and briefly describe the outcomes or deliverables that will be shared with the General Education Council.
  3. Budget (see details below)
  4. Signed Endorsement Forms (see details below)
    1. The grant proposal must include completed and signed Endorsements Forms, as needed. Signatures of the grant director(s) and the appropriate Cluster Coordinators, Department Heads/School Directors, and Deans are required.
Consideration will be given only to those proposals that conform to the above detailed format.

This year’s grants must be expended by June 15, when the 21-22 fiscal year ends. Work may begin at any point after announcements have been made. Typically, grants for general education collaborative curriculum grants range from $2-4K. The total requested varies with the number of participants and the project. Summer grants (for work completed after the spring semester begins) historically use the rate of $150 per day, per person, if appropriate, for faculty on ten month appointments. Individuals who are have 12 month contracts typically do not receive stipends for additional work unless an exemption is needed. Sample grant proposals and budgets from previous years are available upon request to gened@jmu.edu.

 

Please include the following information (you may copy and paste directly into your document).

  1. Name of Applicant(s) Stipend(s)
  2. Name of Participant(s) in addition to applicant(s) and desired stipend(s)
    1. Please identify any individual on a 12-month contract that is included in this proposal. 12-month contract employees cannot be offered a stipend for work that would occur within a typical work week. 
    2. Please identify any individual that is an adjunct faculty member. Stipends and work load must be in compliance with university requirements for yearly hourly average.
    3. If actual names of participants are still to be determined, please make a reasonable guess as to the number of participants.
  3. List and estimated cost of supplies (if any):
  4. Estimated cost of food (if any):
  5. Total budget request:
  6. Date by which budget will be spent: Prior to June 1, 2022.

Please include the following information (you may copy and paste directly into your document). Signatures may be obtained in physical or digital form.

  1. Proposal Title:
  2. Cluster:
  3. Date of Proposal Submission:
  4. Date of Grant Report Submission:
  5. Abstract or Purpose: 
Cluster Coordinator(s) Endorsement

 Name

 Signatures

 Grant Director/s:

 

 Name:

 

 Department/School:

 

 Name: 

 

 Department/School:

 

 Name:

 

 Department/School:

 

 Department Head/School Director:

 

 Dean:

 

Please include the following information (you may copy and paste directly into your document). Signatures may be obtained in physical or digital form.

Title of Proposal:

Cluster(s) proposal is designated for:

 

Taking into consideration the goals and needs of your Cluster, rate the proposal applying following scale:

1 (top rating; this proposal will significantly contribute to the Cluster in an area of critical need)

2 (good rating; this proposal will contribute to the Cluster in a needed area)

3 (fair rating; this proposal will contribute to the Cluster but not in an area of specified need)

 

Department & College Endorsement

 

RANKING

Signature

Cluster 1 Coordinator

 

 

Cluster 2 Coordinator

 

 

Cluster 3 Coordinator

 

 

Cluster 4 Coordinator

 

 

Cluster 5 Coordinator

 

 

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