Middle East and North Africa Course Development Grants - Summer 2011 Call for Proposals
- Program Summary
- Award Levels
- Recipient Expectations
- Priority Areas
- Proposal Narrative Format
- Application Procedures
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: June 1, 2011
The Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) Program run by the Department of Education provides funds to plan, develop and carry out programs to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages. Marquette University has just been awarded a two year grant under this program to strengthen its Middle East and North Africa (MENA) studies program. The year two grant funds will be awarded after July 1, 2011.
In specific, Marquette’s project is designed to increase the number of students studying Arabic at Marquette, to boost the number of students studying abroad in MENA countries, and to expand course offerings - across disciplines - that deal with aspects of the Middle East and North Africa. These priorities are to be punctuated by advances in the use of technology in the classroom, extended collaboration across the university, and increased co-curricular programming supported by local organizations in the Milwaukee community.
- Infuse MENA content into existing undergraduate courses
- Develop new MENA related courses
- Develop a short-term study abroad program to a MENA country
GRANT AWARD LEVELS
The Office of International Education is offering three distinct awards under this request for proposals.
New Course Development Grant: $3500 (Two awards available)
This is the standard award for the development of a new three-credit course. Multiple authors and teams presenting proposals will need to determine and state appropriate prorated allocation of the award in their proposal. Courses should run in spring 2012 or academic year 2012-13. Initial award of $2000/per course (which can be used for books, materials, videos, etc.), will be given on acceptance of the proposal, with the remaining funds given when the course is taught. All awards will be paid as salary dollars.
Existing Course Content Infusion Grant: $2500 (Two awards available)
This is the standard award for the infusion of content into an existing three-credit course. Multiple authors and teams presenting proposals will need to determine and state appropriate prorated allocation of the award in their proposal. Courses should run in spring 2012 or academic year 2012-13. Initial award of $1500/per course (which can be used for books, materials, videos, etc.), will be given on acceptance of the proposal, with the remaining funds given when the course is taught. All awards will be paid as salary dollars.
Short-Term Study Abroad Program Development Grant: $3500 + travel expenses (One award available)
This award includes the standard amount for the creation of a new three-credit course along with travel expenses for site visits to arrange logistics for the international component. The study abroad courses should run during summer 2012. Multiple authors and teams presenting proposals will need to determine and state appropriate prorated allocation of the award in their proposal.
If awarded a grant, recipients will be expected to:
- Develop an appropriate plan for the course they have been selected to develop
- Participate in one meeting per semester with an interdisciplinary advisory group
- Teach the course at least once in the three semesters following notice of the award
- Submit an annual summary report to the Office of International Education
PRIORITY AREAS FOR COURSE DEVELOPMENT AWARDS
- Courses that explore faith, particularly faith in the Islamic and Abrahamic traditions
- Courses that contain a service learning component
- Interdisciplinary and team taught courses
- Courses that integrate technology in an innovative manner
PROPOSAL NARRATIVE FORMAT
YOUR PROPOSAL NARRATIVE MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING SIX NUMBERED POINTS IN THE ORDER THEY ARE LISTED HERE. IDENTIFY EACH POINT WITH A SEPARATE NUMBERED HEADING. YOUR PROPOSAL IS LIMITED TO FOUR PAGES.
- List clear and measurable objectives for your proposed course.
- What is your expertise with MENA content?
- Why is this course/discipline appropriate for MENA related content?
- How will opportunities for cross-cultural understanding be built into this course?
- Are there opportunities for service learning with this course?
- Are there research, conference, or publication opportunities inherent in this course?
- Assessment methods:
- What methods will you use to evaluate student learning of course content?
- How will you self assess the effectiveness of this course?
Note: We do not expect that all applications will propose a service learning component (point #5) or plan research/publication (point #6)
Applicant must submit three copies of the following materials:
- The completed and signed application form (see attached)
- An abstract of 150 words or less
- A narrative that describes the course and addresses the criteria above. (The narrative should be no more than four pages and no less than 11-point type with 1-inch margins).
- An updated curriculum vitae
- Any documentation (limited to 5 pages) the applicant wishes to provide that supports the application (e.g. syllabus/reading list etc.)
- Original syllabus of an enhanced course – what will be changed? What is new?
Submit all application documents by June 1, 2011 to:
Terence Miller, Director
Office of International Education