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By Staff

Grants boost projects promoting diversity, inclusion

Nov. 6 is the deadline for proposals for Diversity and Excellence grants, worth up to $3,000 each for projects by faculty and/or staff that promote diversity and inclusion on CU campuses.

Proposals will be ranked according to program criteria by a systemwide selection committee including staff, faculty and students from each campus. Funding will be allocated to represent a broad array of projects (scholarship, teaching and learning, community engagement) from all campuses and addressing different aspects of diversity and inclusiveness.

Funding is granted for one calendar year, but projects demonstrating progress may be resubmitted for consideration for an additional year.

Examples of recently funded projects and details on nomination requirements are on the CU diversity Web site.

Award recipients will be notified by the end of January.

CU Women Succeeding Symposium requesting proposals

The Women's Committee of the Faculty Council is calling for proposals for next year's annual Faculty Development Symposium: CU Women Succeeding, slated for Feb. 26 at the Anschutz Medical Campus.

The event will include workshops, roundtables, panels, book discussions and other interactive and innovative formats addressing the interests and concerns of CU women faculty.

Session topics may span teaching, research or broader educational and professional issues relevant to women faculty. Potential topics to consider might include, but are not limited to:

  • networking
  • mentoring
  • making community engagement/service work for you
  • dossier preparation
  • balancing work and life
  • managing technology issues in the classroom
  • cheating
  • student disability issues
  • academic freedom
  • research topics on women's issues

Session organizers will be responsible for coordinating their sessions and confirming other presenters once a session is accepted. The Women's Committee can suggest presenters if the organizer asks for help.

Details on how to submit a proposal, as well as last year's symposium agenda, are available here. Proposals are due Nov. 15, with final decisions on the program expected in early December.

What would Jefferson teach?

Nominations are requested for the 2010 Thomas Jefferson Awards, given each spring to a faculty member, a staff member, and a student who advance the ideals of Thomas Jefferson.

Those ideals include:

  • broad interests in literature, arts and sciences, and public affairs
  • a strong concern for the advancement of higher education
  • a deeply seated sense of individual civic responsibility
  • a profound commitment to the welfare and rights of the individual

Nominees should be members of the teaching faculty, the student body, or the classified or professional exempt staff whose achievements reflect superior performance in their normal work or scholarship as well as participation in humanitarian activities.

A universitywide competition, the Jefferson Award is one of the university's highest honors, and includes an engraved plaque and $2,000 for each recipient. Members of the university community are encouraged to help identify deserving candidates.

Nominations are due Nov. 20. For more information including nomination requirements, visit the Thomas Jefferson Award Web site, or contact Linda Starkey, 303-860-5623 or

Award recognizes faculty efforts to advance women in academia

The Women's Committee of the Faculty Council requests nominations for the 2009 Elizabeth D. Gee Memorial Lectureship Award, which honors an outstanding CU faculty member for efforts to advance women in academia, interdisciplinary scholarly contributions and distinguished teaching.

Instituted in 1992, the award is named for Elizabeth Gee, a faculty member in the Health Sciences Center School of Nursing and the late wife of former CU President Gordon Gee. It is the only award in the CU system that specifically recognizes outstanding work on women's issues.

The winner will receive a $1,000 prize and an opportunity to present his or her scholarly work at a research symposium and award ceremony.

For criteria and details on submitting nominations, which are due Nov. 30, see the CU Faculty Council Web site.

Deadline for president's humanities grants approaching

Proposals for the fall 2009 President's Fund for the Humanities grants are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30.

The awards of up to $3,000 go toward preserving balance in the university's programs of education and research by giving special attention to the humanities.

Proposals might include: seminars in humanistic studies; public programs in the humanities; innovative teaching in the humanities; or requests for lectures or exhibits by visiting scholars. The fund might also support projects that involve interdisciplinary teaching, increase the visibility of the humanities, emphasize humanistic values or address special social problems in a humanistic context.

An advisory board comprising faculty representatives from each campus will consider proposals and make recommendations to President Bruce D. Benson for funding.

Details are on the president's Web site. For more information, contact Linda Starkey, special assistant to the associate vice president for academic affairs, at 303-860-5623 or