TO: Tenure-Track Faculty

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

DATE: February 1, 2019

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 their 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. 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 2019-20 academic year. The Gaarde-Morton Award winner must submit a detailed syllabus by August 31, 2019. 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. Online proposals should contain the following sections:
    1. Proposed Course Title.
    2. A brief description of the project (250 words), including the intended student constituency (majors? first-year students?) and college requirements filled; the purpose, scope and significance of the course; and the importance of the new course in the context of the department’s and the college’s core curriculum.
  1. Proposals should be submitted using the online form by March 6, 2019 for projects to be undertaken during the 2019-20 academic year or during the summer of 2019. Acknowledgement of receipt of the proposal will be sent. Retain a copy for your file. Awards will be announced by the end of March 2019.