Ethnocultural Academic Initiatives Call for Proposals

PDAD&C #21, 2001-2002


TO:   Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
FROM:   Carolyn Tuohy, Vice-President, Policy Development and Associate Provost
DATE:   October 23, 2001
RE:   Ethnocultural Academic Initiatives - Call for Proposals

At its meeting of July 25, 2000, the Planning and Budget Committee approved an allocation of $600,000 over the period 2000-01 to 2003-04 to the Ethnocultural Academic Initiatives Fund. Half of this amount ($75,000 per year) is to be allocated according to normal practice for the Ethnocultural Academic Initiatives, as set out below, and half is to be used to support a Visiting Scholar program.

The Provost is accordingly issuing a call for submissions related to the Ethnocultural Academic Initiatives Fund in two categories:

  1. Ethnocultural Academic Initiatives: As noted, $75,000 is available for distribution in this category for the 2001-02 round of proposals. Guidelines for allocations from the Ethnocultural Academic Initiatives Fund, as in the past, are as follows.
    • The Fund is intended to provide "seed funding" that will lead to lasting changes in the curriculum or its delivery. Preference is given to proposals that can show this effect.
    • We attempt to allocate these limited funds as broadly as possible in order to encourage these initiatives across the university curriculum. Hence, the amount of funding awarded per project is typically relatively small, rarely exceeding $10,000.
    • In most cases, allocations involve cost-sharing with the sponsoring division.
    • We have also attempted to strike an appropriate balance between fostering new initiatives and providing some follow-up support for previously funded initiatives. In general, given the "seeding" purpose of the Fund, the majority of allocations are directed toward new initiatives.
    • The purpose of the Fund -- enhancing the geographical and cultural diversity of the curriculum -- has been interpreted rather broadly to include projects such as those directed at recruitment of students from diverse ethnocultural communities and faculty development workshops. It does not, however, include social or other extra-curricular events.
  2. Visiting Scholar Program: Given the lead-time which may be necessary to arrange for visitors, we are issuing a call at this time for proposals for both 2001/02 and 2002/03. The amount available for distribution in this category over the 2-year period is $198,000, comprising the $75,000 allocation for each of 2001/02 and 2002/03, plus $48,000 unallocated in 2000/01. Guidelines are as follows:
    • Visiting Scholars may be of any academic rank. They should be individuals who are likely to have a significant impact on your curriculum, faculty networks, and/or student recruitment in support of the purpose of the Ethnocultural Academic Initiatives Fund as described above.
    • There is considerable flexibility as to the form and length of the visit, but we would expect that it would involve more than just a single lecture. It could, for example, take the form of someone offering a course for a full term or for some shorter period of more intense interaction.
    • Depending on the form and length of the visits, we would expect to fund up to six visitors over the two-year period.
    • Visits may be scheduled any time after January 1, 2002.
    • Your proposal should identify the potential visitor, what form you expect the visit to take, the length of time the visitor will be expected to spend in your faculty and the anticipated impact of the visit.

Proposals in each category for 2001/02 should be received in the Provost's Office no later than November 23, 2001, for decision by December 15, 2001. Proposals for Visiting Scholars for 2002/03, should be received by February 15, 2002, for decision by March 15, 2002. Single-departmental divisions should submit no more than one proposal in each category. Multi-departmental divisions may submit up to three proposals, ranked in order of priority, in each category. Colleges must submit their proposals through the Faculty of Arts and Science.