RFP seeks new course proposals by Nov. 1

October 21, 2011

For the third year in a row, a gift from Nelson Institute alumna Charlotte Zieve and funds from the Morgridge Center for Public Service provide faculty and graduate students financial support to develop new service-learning capstone courses. News items highlighting the efforts of previous winners include "Collaboration with The Natural Step-Monona," "Students Map Wild Treasures at Warner Park," and "Planting Knowledge about Sustainable Gardens." The text of the full request for proposals is below. For more information about the application process, please contact Molly Schwebach.
Funding for Community Environmental Scholars Capstone Course and Charlotte Zieve Teaching Assistant The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies is seeking a faculty member to develop a new Environmental Studies Certificate capstone course (Environmental Studies 600) to be taught for the first time in Fall 2012. The capstone must include a service-learning element. The Nelson Institute has funding available to support one 1/3-time Charlotte Zieve Teaching Assistantship for one semester of course development (either Spring 2012 or Summer 2012) and one semester of teaching support (Fall 2012). This graduate teaching assistant will work with a faculty member to support course development, help with the service-learning component of the class, and assist with instruction.* Proposals should be developed in conjunction with a community partner organization with which the faculty member, proposed teaching assistant, or instructor already has a strong relationship. If you are interested in developing a course, but do not already have a strong relationship with a community partner, please contact Molly Schwebach in the Nelson Institute Community and Alumni Relations Office to discuss options. A project budget is not required with the proposal, but up to $1,000 is available for project and course supplies thanks to a one-time Morgridge Center grant. Proposals must include: Additional Notes: Faculty can select their own TA as long as this student is enrolled in a Nelson Institute graduate program. Funding will be provided for either the Spring 2012 or Summer 2012 semester and is intended for course development and outreach support. Funding is also provided during the Fall 2012 semester for implementation/instruction support while the class is being offered. Current students as well as new applicants for AY2011-2012 are eligible. Several seats in the capstone course (minimum enrollment of 15) will likely be filled by undergraduate seniors enrolled in the Nelson Institute's Community Environmental Scholars Program. This program expands the diversity of perspectives in the Nelson Institute by providing scholarships, training, or other support to students from populations typically underrepresented in environmental studies and students dedicated to working with community partners. Application deadline: If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a brief (no more than two pages) proposal to Gregg Mitman by Nov. 1. Proposals will be reviewed promptly. Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision by Nov. 18. This is a recurring competition and will be offered again next semester for courses to be taught in Spring 2013. *Note: Ph.D. students who are ABD and have a letter of support from their faculty advisor may submit a proposal to develop and teach a Charlotte Zieve capstone course as an Instructor. Instructorships do not pay for tuition. Please contact Molly Schwebach or Robert B. Beattie before submitting a proposal if you are considering this option.