Course Development Fellowships

Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture

Call for Proposals

Due Nov. 13, 2018

The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture (ICTC) offers a great opportunity for advancing your teaching and scholarship.

ICTC you to apply for the 2018-2019 ICTC Faculty Development Fellowships. We will be accepting applications for the Faculty Research Fellowship and the Summer Course Development Fellowship to fund projects that advance the university’s Jesuit Catholic Mission through faculty research or teaching.

These fellowships encourage the exploration of a rich intellectual tradition that has made contributions to literature and the arts, natural and social sciences, social movements and social teachings. Applications that focus on recent areas of exploration by the ICTC are especially encouraged, such as immigration, migration and displacement; integral ecology and environmental justice; imagination and the arts; racial justice and inclusion; the crisis in the Catholic Church because of the sexual abuse by clergy; and interreligious & interspiritual dialogue.


Past recipients and their representative projects include:

“Teaching Comparative Mysticism: Christian Spirituality and Sufism,” Ali Mian, Ph.D., Theology and Religious Studies, College of Arts & Sciences (course development);

“HIV/AIDS: Cura Personalis and the Catholic Spirit,” Patrick Murphy, Ph.D., College of Nursing (course development);

“Laudato Si’ and Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness,” Jason Wirth, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences (research);

“Individual Tax Provisions and Income Inequality from a Catholic Social Thought Lens,” Valentina Zamora, Ph.D., Albers School of Business and Economics (research);

"Sustaining the Call to Social Justice Thought,” Amelia Derr, Ph.D., Social Work, College of Arts & Sciences (research).


Through these fellowships, faculty are able to travel for research purposes, to study archives, to work with communities or to take the needed time to focus more fully on research and course development. 

  1. Course Development Fellowships for Faculty ($3000). We now offer a year-long faculty development/mentorship program to a cohort of five that will include: a) a short, intensive summer workshop on the Catholic intellectual tradition; b) one meeting per quarter during the academic year, and c) if possible, a faculty colleague to function as mentor as the faculty members develop their course. Such a model will encourage faculty who are interested in engaging with the Catholic intellectual tradition but do not feel adequately prepared to do so. The stipend of $3000 will be offered in two parts:  one portion at the beginning of the program and the remainder once the course syllabus is submitted at the end of the academic year.
  2. Faculty Research Fellowships (up to $5000).  

Additional support is available for those doing collaborative research projects as funds permit.

For information on eligibility requirements, guidelines and required deliverables, see: Other queries can be directed to me at

Proposals will be reviewed by a seven-member faculty committee, chaired this year by Fr. Pat Howell, S.J., distinguished professor in the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture.

The deadline for submission is November 13, 2018. Submissions should be made to

We hope to be able to announce the awards early in the winter quarter.

Thank you,

Patrick J. Howell, S.J. Interim Director, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture 


Catholic Thought and Culture Course Development Summer Stipends encourage faculty to create course offerings that provide students the opportunities to engage with the Catholic Intellectual Tradition in its multidisciplinary manifestations. Courses are developed for multiple departments including arts, sciences, humanities, business, education and nursing. These grants are intended to lead to courses that will enrich the university’s Catholic Studies Program. 

“If the search for “the historical Jesus” is futile, at least we can place him in a wider historical context. But that requires knowledge of Jewish, Hellenistics, Roman and early Christian history. To weave all together in to a tapestry attractice and compelling to students requires interdisciplinary work—and time for reflection—that few of us can afford. The grant thus enables important work that could otherwise go undone for lack of support.”

–David Madsen, PhD, Associate Professor, History, 2013 ICTC Course Development Summer Stipend Recipient


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