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Teaching Intellectual Virtues Project - Call for Undergraduate Course Development Proposals

DEADLINE EXTENDED - DUE BY MARCH 31, 2021

The Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing, in collaboration with Dr. Hong Lin of The Center for Faculty Excellence, is pleased to announce a grant-funded initiative from the John Templeton Foundation, to provide stipends and discretionary funds for new or redesigned course development that incorporates virtues into the curriculum meaningfully and pedagogically. The Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing is an interdisciplinary program at the University of Oklahoma whose mission includes research on virtues and flourishing, including methods by which virtues can be cultivated in courses. Students’ engagement with college courses, we believe, can lead not only to the acquisition of knowledge and skills, but also can influence the development of virtues like open-mindedness, intellectual humility, love of learning, and curiosity.
 
The Institute takes a broad, interdisciplinary, and pluralist approach to how higher education can cultivate the virtues. A successful proposal might be a new course in anthropology on how virtue develops in a specific cultural setting that assesses the impact of this learning not only on students’ knowledge of the material conveyed in the course, but also on their open-mindedness and respect for other cultures. It could also be a proposal to redesign an Engineering or Architecture course that students integrate their personal virtues into professional values to solve problems and/or make informed decisions.
 
The course development stipends and discretionary funds are intended to support faculty across disciplines who wish to develop innovative methods for cultivating virtues and assessing the outcomes of these strategies. Stipends in the amount of $2,000 and discretionary funds in the amount of $250 each will be available for approved new courses in four disciplines:

  • Fine Arts (2 funded proposals, each with $2,000 stipend and $250 discretionary funds)
  • Humanities (2 funded proposals, each with $2,000 stipend and $250 discretionary funds)
  • Social Sciences (2 funded proposals, each with $2,000 stipend and $250 discretionary funds)
  • STEM (2 funded proposals, each with $2,000 stipend and $250 discretionary funds)

Course Proposal Information

To complete a proposal for this initiative, please go to the following site:

COURSE PROPOSAL FORM

Proposal and Course Development Opportunities

Each proposal must include a completed Course Proposal Form, along with the documents listed below. Course Proposal Forms can be downloaded from the Institute website at: Course Proposal Form.  The completed Course Proposal Form and all proposal documents should be submitted in electronic format (PDF files) to Dr. Nancy E. Snow (nsnow@ou.edu) and copied to Dr. Hong Lin (honglin@ou.edu). A faculty committee will review the proposals and inform applicants of decisions by March 12, 2021.

A.  Proposals should be no more than 2 pages long, double spaced, excluding syllabi. In your proposal, please explain 1) course objectives that include at least one of four virtues: open-mindedness, intellectual humility, love of learning, and curiosity; 2) readings, assignments, and other course activities that will significantly increase students’ understanding, appreciation, and application of virtues and their relations to flourishing; 3) assessment strategies to evaluate student’s understanding, appreciation, and application of virtues and their relation to human flourishing and professional development.

B. Attach and submit your original/existing syllabus with the proposal. If it is a new course, please provide the course outline.

C. Recipients of Institute course development stipends and discretionary funds will be required to attend a mandatory session offered by Dr. Felix Wao with the Office of Academic Assessment on April 23, 2021. Dr. Hong Lin at the Center for Faculty Excellence will assist one-on-one in the further development of course design and syllabus review.

If the syllabus is a redesign of an existing course, please include an explanation in the proposal form of how the added material will be integrated into the original course design. Moreover, explanations should include information about the course, e.g., a reasonable estimate of when the course will be or has been taught, how many students are expected to enroll, whether the course is open to all undergraduates, whether it satisfies general education or major requirements, is an elective, etc.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER FOR MINI-CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOPS PLEASE GO TO THE FOLLOWING PAGE: 

INFORMATION & REGISTRATION

A. All faculty members who are interested in submitting a proposal are strongly encouraged to attend the Institute’s 2021 Mini-conference on Teaching Intellectual Virtues to learn from a community of scholars and teachers in higher education. The event will be held on February 19, 2021, from 9:00 am -12:00 pm.  

  •  9:00 – 10:00 am CST - Presentation by Dr. Sarah Schnitker, Associate Professor of Psychology, Psychology and Neuroscience Department, Baylor University, “What are Virtues and How do we Measure Them? Implications for Cultivating Intellectual Virtues.”
  • 10:00 – 11:00 am CST - Dr. Michael Lamb, Assistant Professor of Politics Ethics, and Interdisciplinary Humanities and Executive Director of the Program for Leadership and Character, Wake Forest University, “Teaching Intellectual Virtues in the University."  
  • 11:00 – 12:00 pm CST – Panel Discussion: Drs. Schnitker and Lamb; David Craig, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and President’s Associates Presidential Professor, Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Oklahoma; and Dr. Kimberly Wolfinbarger, Director of the Jerry Holmes Engineering Leadership Program and Adjunct Professor, Gallogly College of Engineering, University of Oklahoma; 

B. All faculty members are also cordially invited to attend four subsequent workshops. Recipients of Institute course development stipends and discretionary funds will be announced after March 8, 2021. They are expected to attend the last two workshops.

February 26, 2021, 10:30 – 11:30 am CST, Dr. Jason Baehr, Professor of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University, “Teaching for Intellectual Humility: What, Why, and How”.

March 5, 2021, 10:30 – 11:30 am CST, Dr. Heather Battaly, Professor of Philosophy, University of Conneticut, “Facilitating Open-mindedness in the Classroom"

March 12, 2021 – 10:30 – 11:30 CST, Dr. Jill DeTemple, Chair of Religious Studies, and, by courtesy, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Southern Methodist University, title.

March 19, 2021– 10:30 -11:30 CST, Drs. Dominic Chaloner, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Environmental Studies and Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, “Theory and Practice of Developing Virtue through Science Education".

C. Recipients of Institute course development stipends and discretionary funds will be required to attend a mandatory session offered by Dr. Hong Lin with the Center for Faculty Excellence on April 23, 2021. She will assist one-on-one in the further development of course design and syllabus review, including assessment plans.  

D. Recipients of Institute course development stipends and discretionary funds will be expected to share assessment data pertaining to the virtues from their courses with the Institute. A reporting template will be provided.

Please contact Dr. Nancy Snow at nsnow@ou.edu with any questions.