The College of Arts & Sciences and First-Year Programs is looking for proposals for new Ampersand programs. Ampersand programs are small, multi-semester, innovative courses designed to engage first-year students in the exciting work of the university – creating new knowledge. In addition to providing small, seminar-style class environments, most Ampersand programs offer unique opportunities for first-years such as international and domestic travel, research, and community engagement. Ampersand’s co-curricular programming is supported by the College of Arts & Sciences, and we are committed to ensuring that all students, regardless of financial means, can participate fully in the rich offerings of these innovative programs.
We are looking for new and innovative programs. Programs that challenge students to think critically about themselves as well as the world around them. Programs and experiences that inspire students to learn about people, places, and cultures that are new to them and to prepare for experiential learning beyond the classroom walls. We particularly seek programs that engage first-year students in international travel with the goal of increasing awareness of the inherent benefits of study abroad opportunities; integrate community knowledge for students as a pathway to deeper community-engaged learning; develop intercultural competence; foreground inquiry into issues of justice, ethics, diversity, and equity; or engage in substantive ways with pressing contemporary societal or environmental issues. Programs in the social sciences and humanistic social sciences are especially welcome.
All tenured, tenure-track, or teaching-track instructors in Arts & Sciences are eligible to apply. We welcome a variety of co-teaching models and appreciate and collaboration across departments and programs.
Chosen proposals will receive funds and support for new Ampersand program development of up to $7,500 (for joint proposals). Funds can be spent on instructional and teaching materials such as books, apps, and software, research assistants to find, curate, and create relevant materials, as well as funds to support collaboration between teaching partners. All expenses should be reasonable and directly related to the activities that will be conducted as part of the course. Funds may not be used for local meals, entertainment, or alcohol purchases. Further support from Director of Curricular Innovation, Center for Teaching and Learning, and First-Year Programs available in designing course.
Please submit the online webform application that addresses the following:
- Program theme
- Interested program faculty
- Learning objectives or course goals
- Ideas of specific classes that will be offered (both Fall and Spring semesters)
- Extra and co-curricular experiences for the program
Applications are due Nov. 4, 2022 by 5 p.m.
Supported applications will foreground pedagogical innovation and co-curricular or experiential learning opportunities. Selection process will include discussion of course viability with relevant department chairs or program directors, please communicate with all relevant parties prior to submission.
Not sure your idea is fully baked? Have an idea but would need some additional collaborators? Not a problem! Come to the happy hour discussion on Ampersand Programs and meet with other interested parties (time TBD.) We are happy to workshop ideas and anticipate offering future calls for additional proposals. Reach out to Trevor Sangrey with questions or fur further information.