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Course Development Grants, Social Science and Public Policy Forum: April 23

April 10, 2012, Volume 58, No. 29

The Penn Social Science and Policy Forum (Almanac March 20, 2012), in partnership with the Office of the Provost, announces Development Grants for courses related to its 2012-2013 theme: the Global Economic Crisis.

Grants are to be used to design innovative courses for undergraduates or graduate students. We strongly encourage proposals for innovative courses that bridge disciplines or Schools, including courses that may be cross-listed. We also encourage, where appropriate, courses that connect scholarship and policy analysis. Funds, between $2,000 and $5,000, will be available to up to five successful applicants. These funds can be used for graduate and undergraduate assistants, course operations and faculty salary.

Standing faculty at Penn in any of the 12 Schools are eligible, and courses may be proposed for any future semester. We look to support innovations in the types of materials assigned, in classroom task design, in the format of graded assignments, as well as new team teaching, especially across Schools.

Proposal Format

Proposals should be no longer than 500 words. They should outline the subject matter, the innovations planned and the reasoning why these particular initiatives are promising. In addition, proposals should include a cover page that includes the name and departmental affiliation of the applicant, contact information (including email) and the title of the proposal. Applicants should also include a short biographical sketch, not to exceed one page, and a budget specifying the proposed use of the requested funding. Please submit documents to the Penn Social Science and Policy Forum at penn-sspf@sas.upenn.edu no later than April 23, 2012.

Faculty grant recipients will attend two sessions with Social Science and Policy Forum faculty and other winners. Before they begin teaching, they will present plans for their innovations; after the course, they will share a study of how these innovations worked.­

—Thomas J. Sugrue, Director, Penn Social Science and Policy Forum

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