Call for Proposals: Futures Initiative 2020-2021 Courses
DEADLINE: October 21, 2019

2020-2021 FOCUS: INTRODUCTORY AND REQUIRED GRADUATE COURSES

Apply now to teach a team-taught course at the Graduate Center and serve as a Futures Initiative Faculty Fellow! Once again in 2020-2021, the Futures Initiative is pleased to support CUNY faculty at the Graduate Center and other CUNY colleges who are engaged in interdisciplinary team teaching. Selected faculty will be part of a cohort of Futures Initiative Faculty Fellows, and will receive $1,000 in research support.

Like last year, special consideration will be give to proposals that focus on introductory or required courses. Depending on the program, this could mean gateway courses, required first-year courses, research and methods courses, etc. The reason for this focus is that in surveying FI graduate students, fellows, and faculty and advisory board members about Graduate Center needs, we heard consistently that introductory and required graduate courses are an area where FI’s mission to advance innovation and equity—with diversity and critical pedagogy built into the course—would have greatest impact. To learn more about current and past course offerings, please visit http://futuresinitiative.org/courses.

In addition, a major goal of this program is to support diversity, equity, and inclusion—both in terms of the teaching faculty, and in terms of the course content is a major goal. The Futures Initiative is especially interested in supporting diverse pairs of scholars from the GC and the CUNY campuses, including senior and junior faculty members who have not taught at the GC previously.

To reach these goals, the Futures Initiative will support up to five graduate courses in any field that (1) have equity, diversity, inclusion, and innovation built into the course design and that (2) dedicate some of the course to graduate student teaching methods and translation of specialized research for a wider public, including the "public" of the undergraduate students being taught by our graduate students.

Eligibility: Each faculty pair must include one central line Graduate Center faculty member and one CUNY faculty member based at another college (four-year or two-year). The requirement of including a GC central line faculty member could be flexed if the GC program commits to funding one faculty member's participation. All disciplines are welcome. We especially encourage faculty members to consider diversity of all kinds in selecting a team-teaching partner.

For full details regarding the terms and enhancements of being a Futures Initiative Faculty Fellow, please see https://futuresinitiative.org/blog/2019/09/16/call-for-proposals-2020-2021-team-taught-intro-courses-faculty-fellowship/.

Questions and preliminary inquiries may be addressed to Katina Rogers, Futures Initiative Co-Director (krogers at gc.cuny.edu).
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Name of GC Central Line Faculty Member *
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GC Central Line Faculty Member: Phone number *
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GC Central Line Faculty Member: Department or Program *
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GC Central Line Faculty Member: EO Contact Information- Name and email address *
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Name of CUNY Faculty Member Based at Another College *
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Campus-based CUNY Faculty Member: Preferred email address *
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Campus-based CUNY Faculty Member: Primary CUNY affiliation (college name) *
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Campus-based CUNY Faculty Member: Department *
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Campus-based CUNY Faculty Member: Department Chair Contact Information- Name and email address *
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Campus-based CUNY Faculty Member: Are you a Member of a Graduate Center program? If so, which one? *
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Proposed course title *
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Please provide a brief description (no more than 500 words) of the course you would like to be considered. Please include information about how the course will contribute to diversity at the Graduate Center and how it will address graduate student teaching methods.
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Please describe how this course would fit into the program's course requirements, noting especially if it is an introductory or gateway course. *
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What interests you about this opportunity? *
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One condition of this course is to offer a workshop or open class session so that others in the community can learn more about your methods and approach. Please include any ideas you might have for this event below.
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Please describe other anticipated public-facing components of this course (or ancillary projects by students or faculty). *
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How will this course support equity, diversity, and inclusion? *
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One goal of these team-taught courses is to promote institutional change by fostering deeper conversations and connection about the future of higher education and educational innovation—across colleges, programs, and individual faculty members. How might you connect with other FI Faculty Fellows teaching interdisciplinary courses? With the undergraduates that your graduate students may be teaching? With other CUNY programs? *
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Another goal of these courses is pedagogical innovation. Please describe how you will be teaching this course and any unique experiences or opportunities available for your students. *
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Do you anticipate strong student demand for this course? How will you promote the course and ensure strong enrollment? *
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