TO:           Tenure-Track Faculty

FROM:     R. Joseph Dieker, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College 

DATE:      February 6, 2018

RE:           Gaarde-Morton Junior Faculty Award for Course Development

Through the generosity of Richard A. “Joe” Morton (’50) and Joy Gaarde-Morton (’80 Honorary Alumna), Cornell College is pleased to announce the Gaarde-Morton Junior Faculty Award for Course Development. This award was established in honor of the many Cornell College faculty who have effectively inspired, advised, encouraged, and fostered a love of learning in Cornell students over the years. The award is intended to acknowledge the effort that goes into the creation of innovative, challenging and interesting classes and the value of a committed teaching faculty to the life of the College.

The Gaarde-Morton Junior Faculty Award is made annually to a tenure-track faculty member in his or her first four years at the College (that is, fourth-year faculty are eligible to apply for the award, which will be conferred in the following, fifth, year). The award is intended to assist in the development or substantial revision of a course the award winner intends to teach within the following two years. The course-development project should be substantive; it should culminate in the creation of a detailed syllabus and related materials. Development of online courses or technology-based learning enhancements to current courses will be considered for this grant.

Faculty proposing a new course should communicate with their departmental colleagues prior to the submission of a proposal.

The award comes in the form of a $1,000 taxable summer stipend. Two awards will be available in the 2018-19 academic year. The Gaarde-Morton Award winner must submit a report on the outcome of his or her work by August 31, 2018. The grantee cannot be considered for further faculty development funding if the report is not filed.

Application Procedure:

The Divisional Council will evaluate the applications and make recommendations to the Dean.

1) Proposals should contain the following sections in this order: 

a) A cover sheet with your name, the current date and a short title of the proposal.

b) An introduction and brief description of the project, including a clear explanation of the course, the intended student constituency (majors? first-year students?); the purpose, scope and significance of the course; the key curricular points of exploration; and the importance of the new course in the context of the department’s curriculum.

c) An explanation of the research and development process to be employed, the colleagues to be consulted, the conferences to be attended, and the reading to be done in preparation for the construction of the course.

d) A copy of the current syllabus, if the project is a revision of an existing course rather than the development of a completely new course.

e) An estimate of the duration of the project.

f) Other information you consider appropriate.

2) Proposals are due to Jessica Dopler in the Office of Academic Affairs by March 7, 2018. The awards will be announced by the end of March 2018. The awarded money will be conferred to the recipients on July 1, 2018.