Faculty Course Proposals

The submission window has closed and proposals for this grant are no longer being accepted.

The Office for General Education is soliciting proposals for course creation or delivery that challenge our own institutional barriers.  

Faculty of any rank, from any college and campus at Penn State, are welcome to submit a proposal. The Office for General Education will award funding to selected proposals from both the University Park campus and Commonwealth Campuses. General Education will prioritize proposals that address clearly identified institutional barriers. Staff will work with the submitting faculty and provide funding for development and teaching coverage.

This call for proposals is different from the past seed grants and other calls. We are looking for proposals that describe developing and or offering courses that would otherwise not be possible or likely due to institutional barriers. Institutional barriers may include things such as domain and funding silos, but we know there are other hidden barriers that prevent course collaboration or offerings. 

Proposals are sought that would help the university:

  • study institutional barriers that hinder innovative GenEd course offerings;
  • for proposals from University Park, we are especially interested proposals that strengthen collaborations between units, colleges, and disciplinary communities and challenge college silos;
  • for proposals from Commonwealth campuses and college campuses, we are especially interested in proposals that expand the General Education choices for students;
  • for all proposals we are looking to support the goals of One Penn State 2025.

Award recipients will be announced at the end of November 2021 with work to commence in the spring over timelines that will vary based on the project.