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 each other and collaborate with colleagues in the Office of the Dean of the College (ODOC) to create dynamic, transformative junior methods courses. Following the recommendation of the General Education Task Force, 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” (General Education Task Force Report, October 2016). This initiative seeks to build a bridge between the Princeton Writing Program and junior methods instruction, and to make active use of the many resources available to support faculty teaching.

The third cohort will include six to eight faculty members from across the divisions. We encourage applications both from departments that don’t currently offer a credit-bearing methods course and wish to use this opportunity to develop new curricular offerings and from departments that intend to revise significantly their methods instruction. Applicants should plan to offer the new course in the fall of 2020.

Participants in the initiative will engage in exploratory conversations with faculty and ODOC staff during the spring of 2020; a two-day course development symposium in late spring or early summer; a draft syllabus workshop in late August; and informal lunches during the fall of 2020 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 the spring of 2020 and, in the fall of 2020, visit one of their peer’s methods courses and open their own methods course for an observation. Participants will receive a summer salary stipend and may also request funds for research assistance in course development.

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

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

Please submit applications via email to Stephanie Brown (sb@princeton.edu) by February 3, 2020.

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