Gen Ed Course Proposal Winners Announced
The winners of the first annual grant competition for projects to enhance the content or teaching of courses proposed for the new system of general education have been announced by the Provost's office.
Fifteen winning proposals were selected from among 31 submitted. A reception to celebrate and announce the winners, hosted by Fred Maryanski, senior vice provost for academic administration, and Keith Barker, associate vice provost, was held on April 29 in the Wilbur Cross Building.
The proposals were reviewed by a committee composed of faculty and academic staff from the Office of Undergraduate Education and convened by Anne Hiskes, an associate professor of philosophy and chair of the General Education Oversight Committee.
"This competition is a sign of the administration's commitment to invigorating the undergraduate experience and raising the status and visibility of teaching general education courses," she said. "It signals a new era of utilizing and stimulating faculty talent in support of an important University mission - providing students with a high quality education."
To be eligible, proposals had to focus on either developing a new course or significantly enhancing the content or pedagogy of an existing course. The courses were required to meet the broad goals of general education, as well as the specific criteria of one or more of the content areas in the new general education requirements.
Hiskes said many of the proposed courses were in the area of diversity and multiculturalism, perhaps because the existing general education requirements offered little scope for such courses.
Criteria for evaluation included clarity of the objectives and their consistency with the new general education program; filling gaps in the curriculum or providing a new interdisciplinary perspective or teaching approach; inclusion of a plan for evaluation; and the potential to serve as a model for other general education courses in the future.
Each winner will receive a grant of $8,000 as summer salary, which may be applied to a reduction in teaching of one or two courses.
The new or revised courses will be offered in the academic year 2005/06. Each course is expected to be offered at least once per academic year for several years, at one or more of the UConn campuses.
The faculty members selected and their projects are:
Bede Agocha, Psychology
Rajiv Bansal, Faquir Jain, and Robert Magnusson, Electrical & Computer
Teresa Boyd Cowles, Educational Psychology
Richard Clark, Lori Smolin, Mary McGrane, and Patricia Jepson, Nutritional
Cecile Hurley, Chemistry
Vicki Knoblauch, Economics
Benjamin Liu, Modern & Classical Languages
Usha Palaniswamy, Allied Health, Asian American Studies Institute
Rosemary Shinko, Political Science, Stamford Campus
Gary Storhoff, English, Stamford Campus
Robert Thorson, Honors Program, Geological Sciences
Alexander Vias, Geography
Katharina von Hammerstein, Modern & Classical Languages
Janet Watson, History
Michelle Williams, Psychology