Diversity Course Development Initiative Program

Objective

Iowa State’s U.S. Diversity curriculum requirement has been in-place since 1996, and is defined within the university’s course catalog as follows:

The focus of the U.S. Diversity requirement is the multicultural society of the United States. Courses or alternative academic work used to meet the requirement address significant manifestations of human diversity and provide students with insights that enhance their understanding of diversity among people in the U.S.

With this Request for Proposals, the Senior Vice President and Provost’s office will support a broad program of course development grants for faculty in all disciplines to innovate and create truly exemplary courses that will expand the university’s U.S. Diversity course offerings, bringing topics of current American social and political relevance to the curriculum and positioning Iowa State’s approach as a national curricular model.

Program Summary

Proposals are requested from faculty in the following two areas, and multiple awards may be made in each:

  1. Creation of a new U.S. Diversity course: Up to $10,000 of support will be provided to create a new course for addition to the approved list of U.S. Diversity courses. The new course must meet departmental, college, and university curriculum committee requirements. The course must first be offered as an ‘x’ course. The new course must meet the learning outcomes associated with the U.S. Diversity requirement, and additional learning outcome(s) outlined in the proposal.
  2. Major modification of an existing U.S. Diversity course: Up to $5000 of support will be provided for the major modification of an existing course. The modified course must continue to meet departmental, college, and university curriculum committee requirements, and must meet the learning outcomes associated with the U.S. Diversity requirement, and additional learning outcome(s) outlined in the proposal. Priority will be given to courses having a track record of robust enrollment.

Preference will be given to proposals that include the following priorities:

  • A focus on contemporary issues of U.S. diversity, equity, and/or inclusion
  • A strategy for fostering an inclusive classroom environment
  • High quality course design, including well-defined goals and learning objectives; alignment of assessment and evaluation with learning objectives; and appropriate instructional strategies
  • Incorporation of interactive-, discussion-, project- and team-based learning pedagogies

In addition to the financial support, recipients of the grants will receive:

  • Instructional consultation support from CELT, including initial consultation for instructional design planning and follow-up consultation as best suited to the project.
  • Faculty development opportunities through on-going CELT programs, including the Inclusive Classroom Initiative.

Logistics

  • Any Iowa State instructor of record is eligible to apply.
  • Courses must initially be offered during Fall 2017, Spring 2018, or Fall 2018, and thereafter in a sustained manner on an annual or more frequent basis.Project funding can be used for course buy-out, summer salary, training resources, instructional materials, graduate or hourly student support, and other related expenses. Funds are to be expended by December 31, 2017. Exceptions may be requested.
  • Documentation of department and/or college matching funds is encouraged, and will strengthen the proposal, but is not required.

Submitting a Proposal

Proposals will be accepted until January 16, 2017, at 5:00 pm.

The application package must include:

  • The Diversity Course Development Proposal Form (attached), completed and up to 3 pages in length,
  • A proposed course syllabus following the best practice guidelines for syllabi as outlined in the CELT Mindful Syllabus checklist (PDF), and
  • A letter of support from the cognizant department chair to acknowledge the programmatic value of the course, and to document the department’s intention to regularly offer the course.
  • Send proposals by email to Diversity Course Development Initiative at diversitycourseinitiative@iastate.edu.
  • If you have questions about the initiative, contact Mark Looney, Chair of the Faculty Senate Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, mlooney@iastate.edu, 515-294-2759 or Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Director CELT, vanderza@iastate.edu, 515-294-7555.

Proposal Review

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives from the Faculty Senate Academic Affairs Council, Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee, Faculty Senate Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Student Government. Final funding decisions will be made by the Senior Vice President and Provost.

Awards will be announced by February 17, 2017.

*Updated March 27, 2017*

Review in process. Award announcement anticipated in early May 2017.