Special Call for Proposals - Junior Methods Courses

We are pleased to announce the continuation of an initiative supported by the 250th Anniversary Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education that offers a small group of faculty the opportunity to learn from one another and colleagues in the Office of the Dean of the College (ODOC) to create dynamic, transformative junior methods courses. We seek proposals from faculty whose new or revised junior methods course will train students in the analytical methods of scholarly work in their field and prepare them for a successful independent work experience in the junior and senior years. This initiative seeks to build a bridge between the curriculum of the Princeton Writing Program and junior methods instruction. 
We encourage applications from departments that don’t currently offer a credit-bearing methods course and wish to use this opportunity to develop new curricular offerings.  We also welcome proposals and from departments that intend to significantly revise their methods instruction. Applicants should plan to offer the new course in fall 2021.

Participants in the initiative will engage in exploratory conversations with faculty and ODOC staff during the spring of 2021; participate a virtual two-day course development symposium in late spring or early summer and in a syllabus workshop in late August; and be present for informal meetings in fall 2021 to discuss teaching-in-progress. The symposium will emphasize active, writing-centered pedagogy. 

In the spirit of exchanging ideas about teaching, participants will observe one session of a writing seminar in spring 2021 and, in fall 2021, visit one of their colleague’s methods courses and open their own methods course for peer observation. Participants will also post course materials to a shared drive.  Participating faculty will receive a summer salary stipend. 

Please address applications to the Office of the Dean of the College, and include the following:

  • A proposal (~500 words) which describes the new (or reimagined ) course’s goals; how it prepares students for research and writing in the field; and what you hopes to contribute to and learn from your participation in the initiative.
  • A letter of support from the department chair that confirms the course has the department’s support and describes its place in the department’s curriculum.

Please submit applications via email to Stephanie Brown (sb@princeton.edu) by Monday, March 1, 2021.

Questions? You are welcome to contact Kate Stanton (kstanton@princeton.edu), Director of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, or Amanda Irwin Wilkins (awilkins@princeton.edu), Director of the Princeton Writing Program.