December 2020

Month: December 2020

Call for Course Redesign Proposals 2021-22

Dear Colleagues:
As many of you know, Lawrence has received a grant from the Mellon Foundation to support inclusive pedagogy and innovative, effective approaches to teaching. As part of this grant, the Inclusive Pedagogy Committee provides members of the faculty with small grants to support significant course or program modifications. The Inclusive Pedagogy Committee is now soliciting proposals for a new round of course or program modifications from faculty members working in the humanities and humanistic social sciences—broadly construed to include the conservatory and fine arts. The Committee will award a limited number of grants of up to $5,000 per proposal to support course design or redesign projects through a stipend and (if desired) an expense account.

Successful proposals will use the principles of inclusive pedagogy to enhance the learning of our students. Proposals that address inclusive pedagogy from multiple angles and that have the potential to be sustainably implemented into the curriculum upon completion of the grant will be favored. The committee will also favor redesign projects that are replicable across multiple disciplines at Lawrence. Proposals might include:
• reconfiguring a course to remove barriers to learning and accommodate learner variability
• modifying a course from a traditional to a flipped classroom format to allow more time for active learning activities or additional time for discussion
• redesigning a course to reduce stereotype threat and reduce inequities in student incomes
• incorporating new techniques to facilitate difficult dialogues about contemporary controversies related to the course
• introducing the use of technology in the classroom to enhance student learning

These grants are intended to support considerable pedagogical revision (something worked on over the course of a summer) and not minor tweaks to existing course material. If you are seeking funds to support a one-time experience (e.g. a guest speaker), please discuss your plans with the chair of the Committee because limited funds may be available outside of this call.
An important part of your proposal will be a plan that lays out how you will assess your course modifications. This is not to say that we are asking for guarantees of success. The committee welcomes creative, experimental proposals and recognizes that understanding what didn’t work well can be as valuable as understanding what did work. We are most concerned that faculty should plan not only the course modifications themselves, but also some process for evaluating and (eventually) modifying the modifications in response to feedback. The format for the assessment section of your proposal is flexible but we encourage you to consult with Jedidiah Rex, instructional designer, to discuss your plans.

In order to distribute funds as equitably as possible, the maximum stipend will be set at $2500 per faculty member. Thus, if a joint proposal were submitted by two faculty members, both would receive $2500. If an individual faculty member were to submit a proposal, they could request additionally up to $2500 for resources. This change is meant to ensure that those submitting proposals that require no additional resources will not receive a larger stipend than those who require funds to cover travel, books etc. Those contemplating proposals that do not fit within these parameters should consult with a member of the Inclusive Pedagogy Committee before submitting.

The expected work period for this round of proposals will begin during the summer of 2020 with changes to be implemented in courses during AY 2021-2022. Under unusual circumstances, we may consider proposals for courses that fall outside these dates. Successful applicants will be expected to participate in an initial cohort meeting, a mid-cycle meeting, and a culminating meeting to share their experiences with other members of the faculty in the hopes of contributing to a wider conversation about pedagogy on the Lawrence campus. IPC also encourages successful applicants to engage in optional programming focused on Universal Design for Learning and Assessment.

Please complete the form below and send your proposal to Kathy Privatt at If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask a member of the Inclusive Pedagogy Committee. We warmly encourage you to apply for this opportunity.

Inclusive Pedagogies Course Modification Proposal



Term Offered:

Describe your proposed course modification (1-2 paragraphs)

Describe the way(s) you expect the modification to enhance learning (1-2 paragraphs)

Describe the way(s) you expect the modification to promote inclusion in the classroom (1-2 paragraphs)

Describe how you will measure the effectiveness of the modification (1-2 paragraphs)
(Please consider including an assessment rubric with your proposal; Jedidiah Rex is available for consultation and will be running a rubric workshop as part of expected cohort meetings designed to support your modification work.)

Complete the budget table below with your anticipated costs; include a brief explanation of expenses if warranted.

Budget – Please note: all reimbursements and expenses must be submitted by May 30, 2021.

Faculty Stipends ($2500 per participant)
Conference/Workshop Expenses
Student Wages

Explanation of Expenses: