2014-15 Undergraduate Course Development Grants
Call for Proposals

The University of Florida International Center (UFIC) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for international course development at the undergraduate level. Proposals may be for entirely new courses, or for revisions to appropriate existing courses. Awards will be either $3000 for revising an existing course, $5000 for a new course, or $6000 to be shared among two or more faculty jointly proposing a new course.

UFIC has recently assumed responsibility for implementing the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) “Learning without Borders: Internationalizing the Gator Nation,” a key component of UF’s SACSCOC Accreditation. “Learning without Borders” includes the development of the International Scholars Program, an interdisciplinary campus-wide program offering all degree-seeking undergraduate students an avenue to internationalize their undergraduate experience through coursework, international experience, foreign language learning and co-curricular activities. International Scholars will receive an official academic credential and commencement recognition. In this round of curriculum development, UFIC seeks the development of approximately 15-18 courses for inclusion in the International Scholars Program.

Faculty will submit course proposals through a designated college representative. Colleges will endorse and forward approved proposals to UFIC for final evaluation and award decisions.

Course Development Goals

  • The goal for this round of awards is to develop courses campus-wide, each of which should represent a survey of the international dimensions of a college or discipline. Thus, course content should be internationally and thematically-focused. It is anticipated that many of these courses are likely to target students in a particular college, although courses with cross-college collaboration and appeal are also welcome.
    • Some hypothetical course titles might be: Science and Technology in International Context, An Introduction to Global Health, The Arts in a Global Age, Global Media, Engineering with International Perspective, etc.
    • Proposed courses must be undergraduate courses at the 2000 or 3000 level.
  • Courses should address in a discipline-appropriate approach one or more student learning outcomes (SLOs) in content, critical thinking and communication, linked to broad competencies in Global Awareness and Intercultural Communication. The following SLOs were designed for the QEP as a whole:
    • SLO1 (Content): Students identify, describe, and explain global and intercultural conditions and interdependencies.
    • SLO2 (Critical Thinking): Students analyze and interpret global and intercultural issues.
    • SLO3 (Communication): Students communicate effectively with members of other cultures.

Eligible Faculty

  • Tenured and tenure-track UF faculty with ongoing teaching appointments in undergraduate degree-granting departments, programs, and/or centers
  • Lecturers and other non-tenure track faculty who have teaching appointments and course development responsibilities in undergraduate degree-granting departments, programs, and/or centers

Additional Expectations / Commitment

  • Selected faculty will attend two meetings during the Spring 2015 semester, intended to provide guidance in developing or revising courses in light of the International Scholars Program requirements. Faculty will receive instruction on the use of an assignment rubric that fulfills a SACSCOC assessment and reporting requirement. Meetings will be 60-90 minutes in length and take place in March and April. A completed draft syllabus must be submitted to UFIC on a date to be determined in late April.
  • Colleges should expect to offer the course on an annual basis, though it is possible that the faculty member teaching the course will change.
  • Faculty will be responsible for submitting a course approval request to the University Curriculum Committee through their respective department and college.

Proposal approval and course development award
 

  • The amount of awards is variable and based on the following considerations: $3000 for revising an existing course, $5000 for a new course, or $6000 to be shared among two or more faculty jointly proposing a new course.
  • Disbursement of funds is contingent on participation in aforementioned meetings, implementation of assignment rubric within course, and scheduled course instruction.
  • Selected faculty will have the option of receiving their award as a lump-sum payment of salary, or, in coordination with faculty’s department, a transfer to a faculty-specified research and expense account.

Timeline

  • Information Sessions will be held on Wednesday, January 14th from 2-3pm and Thursday, January 15th from 10-11am in the UFIC large conference Room 145 (in the Hub)
  • Proposals are due to UFIC by Friday, February 13th, 2015. Please be aware of the deadline communicated by your college. Proposals will only be accepted directly from each designated college representative.
  • Proposal decisions announced by Friday, February 27th, 2015
  • Two Spring 2015 meetings held during week of March 9-13th and April 13-17th,  2015
  • Course instruction begins in 2015-2016 academic year

Proposal application

A complete syllabus is not required, but proposals must include the following components:

  • Completed proposal application form, with endorsements
  • Description of the proposed new course, or how a pre-existing course will be revised to meet course development goals. This description should include an explanation of how the proposed course meets one or more of the defined SLOs and the related objectives, goals and topics, and a list of proposed topics, texts and readings. Consider and include how proposed course aligns with college’s global academic objectives and themes. (2-3 pages)
  • Brief faculty CV(s)  (2-3 pages)

All proposal applications may be electronically submitted by each college as a single pdf file, in the order above, by email to AcademicPrograms@ufic.ufl.edu by Friday, February 13th, 2015.

Interested faculty are strongly encouraged to attend an information session on Wednesday, January 14th from 2-3pm or Thursday, January 15th from 10-11am in the UFIC large conference Room 145 (in the Hub).

For questions, please contact Cynthia Tarter, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Academic Programs, by email at ctarter@ufic.ufl.edu