INNOVATE 3.0: CLA Undergraduate Education Fund // Request for Proposals

Overview

The College of Liberal Arts champions an energized commitment to undergraduate programs as essential to a Purdue education that prepares sought-after graduates for meaningful careers and inspired leadership. Liberal Arts works to enhance the education of our majors and students across campus. In support of that commitment, Dean David Reingold announces INNOVATE 3.0, a recurring undergraduate education fund that will support the development of certain programs that enhance undergraduate education and help to attract larger enrollments of students within and beyond the College. 

Creativity among our faculty is the most important asset in developing new advances in undergraduate education. INNOVATE 3.0 will support Learning Communities associated with Level 1: Transformative Texts of the Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts program and Levels 2 (200 level) and Level 3 (300 and 400 level), Cornerstone courses in the Five Themes. The Learning Communities will be open to students from multiple academic colleges at Purdue.


Innovate 3.0 will fund three types of projects:

  1. Learning Communities involving faculty within the College of Liberal Arts with the following course requirements:
    1. SCLA101 and SCLA102 over the fall and spring semesters
    2. SCLA101 and/or SCLA 102 with at least one course from Levels 2 and 3 in the Cornerstone Themes that is also on the University Core Curriculum (For a complete list of courses see https://cla.purdue.edu/academic/cornerstone/themes.html.)
    3. Learning Communities that pair a Cornerstone Faculty Fellow with another Liberal Arts faculty member.
    4. To apply for this type of project, please download, fill out the form, and obtain your Department Head’s approval/signature. Completed, approved forms and sample syllabi can then be submitted to: claundergrad@purdue.edu for final review and approval. 
  2. Learning Communities that pair one or more Liberal Arts faculty members with faculty from another academic college.
    1. Keeping with the Cornerstone themes, Liberal Arts faculty teaching a class or classes from themes that also fulfill a UCC requirement will partner with a faculty member from another academic college that aligns with the Cornerstone theme to develop a collaborative teaching relationship between Liberal Arts faculty and STEM, HHS or Management faculty. (For a complete list of courses see https://cla.purdue.edu/academic/cornerstone/themes.html.) Students in the Learning Community will have an academic major in either of the two colleges and will take a course in each college. Faculty will create opportunities for students to interact and learn from each faculty member’s expertise, integrating the broad perspective of a social scientist or humanist along with the more technical insights of a STEM, HHS or Management faculty member. An example might be the pairing of the CLA’s “Sociology of Law” course with Krannert’s “Legal Foundations of Business.” Or Agricultural and Biological Engineering’s “Environmental Systems Management” course with Anthropology’s “Environment and Culture.” The goal is to truly integrate the insights and perspectives of the Liberal Arts with STEM, Management and Heath Science learning in the classroom and beyond.
    2. Learning Communities that pair a Liberal Arts faculty member teaching a course in his/her discipline that is part of a Cornerstone theme and fulfills a UCC requirement with a faculty member from another academic college.
    3. To apply for this type of project, please download, fill out the form, and obtain your Department Head’s approval/signature. Completed, approved forms and sample syllabi can then be submitted to: claundergrad@purdue.edu for final review and approval. 
  3. New courses that would be included as Level 2 or Level Cornerstone courses under the various themes with a priority for courses in the Environment and Sustainability and Management and Organization themes. Full course lists are available here: https://www.cla.purdue.edu/academic/cornerstone/themes.html. Faculty should be prepared to propose any new course for inclusion in the University Core Curriculum. For 2017-18, the INNOVATE fund will distribute up to $150,000 for proposals to enhance undergraduate education. Proposals will be reviewed by the Dean’s office beginning early September. Awards will be made until all funds are expended for the year.
    1. To apply for this type of project, please download, fill out the form, and obtain your Department Head’s approval/signature. Completed, approved forms and sample syllabi can then be submitted to: claundergrad@purdue.edu for final review and approval. 

Faculty whose proposals are funded will receive up to $5,000 for S&E or summer salary, at the discretion of the faculty member. All faculty, tenure track and non-tenure track, are eligible to submit an experiential learning proposal.

Last Revision: 8.17.17

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