Curricular Initiative in the Quantitative Social Sciences: University Seminars
As part of an initiative to enhance quantitative research training at the undergraduate, this grant is intended to encourage the development of first-year University Seminars that use quantitative social scientific data, analysis, and interpretation. Courses in Economics, Sociology, Political Science, Anthropology, and Psychology are eligible.
Proposed courses should emphasize reading, writing, and analysis using statistics or other quantitative research methods. Because students are unlikely to have expertise in these methods when entering Notre Dame, the course proposal should demonstrate how the instructor will guide students from a reasonable starting point through to understanding and applying a set of rigorous methods to critically analyze social science questions. The course should produce an enhanced appreciation of quantitative analysis and a desire to further their engagement with such methods.
An endorsement from the department chair should be submitted to verify that the proposed course presents content not currently available through University Seminars provided by the department and the course will be offered immediately following the grant period and at least once more within the subsequent two academic years.
A $3,500 course development grant will be awarded. The award will be made as deposit to the applicant’s discretionary account or as a summer salary supplement.
Application Guidelines: Faculty members should submit a proposal of approximately 3 pages.
The proposal should include the following information:
- Proposed name of the course
- Brief course description, including a description of the methods covered and the necessary prerequisite training
- Outline syllabus
- Desired size of the class
- Proposed grant period and semester the course will first be offered.
Who May Apply: Teaching & Research and Special Professional Faculty
Those submitting a course development grant proposal should clearly label their proposals as a University Seminars in Quantitative Social Sciences Proposal. Applicants may consult with Mark Schurr, Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, before submitting proposal. Submit hard copy to ISLA director at 101 O’Shaughnessy Hall.
There is no anual deadlines: this grant can only be submitted between October 1 and March 15, 2011.