Applications: 2018 Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence

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 chairs and faculty/staff 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 later opportunity to revise and add to it. Please email Mesha Arant at for your campus’s unique Campus Interfaith Inventory link.

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


What has motivated a desire for expanding and strengthening your campus’s curricular and campus-wide engagement with religious diversity and interfaith cooperation (for example: assessment results, faculty and staff, 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 (for example, 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?


What high-priority tasks for strengthening, assessing, or increasing curricular and campus-wide interfaith engagement do you expect your team to work on during the Institute? (These should be tasks that, if advanced substantially during the Institute, would lead your team and campus to consider your participation a success.)


With what aspects of the four Institute themes – curriculum reform, student leadership development, staff and faculty competency, or strategic planning for interfaith cooperation – do you need the most assistance? What questions do you have about the Institute’s themes or design? What would you specifically like to discuss with other teams and consultants?


What is your rationale for choosing the members of your campus team? What roles do you envision each person playing in your reform efforts? How will your team structure influence the work done after the Institute?


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 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.