Dean's Investment Fund - RFP for New or Enhanced Graduate Classes

Expand and enhance the number, relevance, and quality of graduate class offerings. Develop capacity to respond to emerging student and societal demand.


We will work with you to ensure that your proposal addresses the relevant College Preference Critieria for Small or Large Investment Fund awards.

Proposals which incorporate one or more of the following criteria will be favored:
The class fills an identified gap in an existing or new CoF graduate program, or satisfies existing program requirements.
The class utilizes innovative pedagogy, for example:

  • Experiential learning
  • Service learning
  • Interdisciplinary learning
  • Hybrid online/on-campus approaches

The class engages faculty from more than one department
The class is likely to attract students from multiple disciplines and programs
The class contains significant international dimensions


  • Comprehensive class syllabus
  • Submitted Category II proposal (where required)
  • Class materials (e.g. website)
  • Teaching commitment. Faculty commit to offering the class at least every other year for at least 5 years


We anticipate investing up to $5,000 for development of each course.  Individuals/collaborative groups will be able to utilize this investment at their discretion, conditional on approved uses of College funds.  Final budgets will be agreed upon in conversation with the Program Administrator, and take into account the workload and participants involved, and other associated costs (e.g., travel, equipment).


Proposers must submit a detailed budget with justifications; you may upload a budget spreadsheet in the application if you prefer.

Generally, deliverables are due and budget must be expended within 12 months of the start of project; elements of this agreement will include periodic progress reports.  A timeline will be agreed upon in conversation with the Program Administrator. 


During the application process, we recommend that you discuss your plans with John Bliss and Helene Serewis, the Graduate Programs team.

Application Deadline is March 15, 2014. Funding decisions will be made by April 15.

Department head support is a required component of the application process.