Applications: 2021 Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence

Applications are due May 10, 2021. 

Notification regarding acceptance will be sent to teams by June 1, 2021.

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Institute Campus Teams- Campuses are asked to create a team of five people, including at least one senior academic officer whose role is relevant to the project as well as one faculty member. Key administrative leaders are essential for accomplishing broad-based educational reform on campus. Networks of engaged provosts, chairs and faculty can help sustain this reform. Teams are also encouraged to include individuals from faculty development, student affairs, or assessment offices.

Application Components and Selection Criteria

Campus Interfaith Inventory:  The Campus Interfaith Inventory (CII) is required for all institutions applying to the Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence. This inventory is an opportunity to evaluate your campus’s assets and growth areas for interfaith cooperation. It should take approximately 20-60 minutes for one person to complete.  Fill it out to the best of your ability at this time. There will be a later opportunity to revise and add to it. If your campus has already completed the inventory, you are asked to review and update it.  Please fill out this form to receive your campus’s unique Campus Interfaith Inventory link.

Narrative Portion: Each team applying to the Institute needs to develop a clear and concise narrative addressing the following components and questions (1000 words).

Mission Statement: 

Please share your institution's mission statement and describe how your team's work will connect to the institutional mission.

Context:

What has motivated a desire for expanding and strengthening your campus’s curricular and strategic engagement with religious diversity and interfaith cooperation? (For example: assessment results, faculty and staff interest, new office or position, research on student experience and learning etc.)?

At what stage are your current efforts to reform, strengthen, or grow your campus’s commitment to interfaith cooperation (initial conversations, evaluating existing curricula or outcomes, implementing or scaling up changes, assessing results of change, etc.?)

What do you experience or foresee as some of the key challenges related to engaging religious and non-religious identity and diversity on your campus (lack of administrative support, homogeneity of the student body, campus identity or culture, etc.)?

Do you have any strategies or plans for addressing these challenges?

Goals:

Please identify 3-5 high-priority tasks for strengthening, assessing, or increasing curricular and campus-wide interfaith engagement that you expect your team to work on during the Institute.  At least one, and preferably more, of these tasks must be related to academic curriculum. These should be tasks that, if advanced substantially during the Institute, would lead your team and campus to consider your participation a success.

How will you assess the attainment of these goals on your campus?

Needs:

The Institute is focused on four themes, religious diversity and interfaith studies in the curriculum, initiatives for integrating religious identity into diversity, equity, and inclusion commitments, interfaith literacy and capacity building for faculty and staff, and campus-wide strategic planning for prioritizing and elevating the importance of interfaith cooperation. Which of these themes does your campus need assistance with and would like to discuss with other teams and faculty mentors/consultants?

Team:

What is your rationale for choosing the members of your campus team? What roles do you envision each person playing in implementing your action plans on campus?

Contributions:

What do you believe your team can contribute to the Institute?

In the selection process, priority may be given to the following:

  • Proposals that demonstrate achievable and sustainable ways to build interfaith cooperation at their institution.
  • Campuses that have a strong curricular emphasis in their action plan proposal.
  • Campuses with existing interfaith initiatives who are poised to broaden and deepen their campus-wide commitment to interfaith cooperation.
  • Campuses with demonstrated commitment to interfaith engagement from senior institutional leadership, faculty, and other key stakeholders.

Questions may be directed to Janett I. Cordovés at janett@ifyc.org