Published: Sept. 22, 2016

The Office of the Vice Provost for Summer Session requests grant applications for three Summer Session teaching opportunities each year: the FIRST program, Instructional Grants, and Online Courses. Below you will find more information about each grant application opportunity.

Request for FIRST Grant Applications

The Office of the Vice Provost for Summer Session requests grant applications for the Faculty-In-Residence Summer Term (FIRST) program. Working in conjunction with CU Boulder's schools and colleges, FIRST brings prominent scholars to teach during Summer Session and broadens both the faculty expertise and curricula offered to Summer Session students. 

The mission of Summer Session is to provide quality, innovative courses and programs to a diverse student population at CU Boulder. Approximately 7,800 students enroll in Summer Session terms that include two three-week terms (Maymester and Augmester), two five-week terms (A and B), one eight-week term (C), one ten-week term (D) and intensive one or more week terms (E and F).  Approximately 95% of Summer Session students are CU-Boulder degree students.

FIRST is part of an on-going effort to enhance the range and quality of Summer Session offerings. Potential FIRST faculty should be recognized scholars and teachers in their academic disciplines and generally hold the rank of associate or full professor. Visiting scholars will be invited from a range of disciplines. They may teach undergraduate or graduate courses during one of the Summer Session terms. Course minimums are 14 students for an undergraduate course and 7 students for a graduate course. Maymester and Augmester courses must have at least 18 students enrolled. FIRST faculty will lead department colloquia and, if appropriate, present a public lecture. Departmental responsibilities are detailed below. 

The Office of Summer Session will make available grants up to $15,000 for each FIRST scholar based upon a 3-credit course teaching load. The funds may be used as salary, transportation costs or to offset other expenses associated with the visiting scholar. Use of funds must follow CU and state fiscal policies. The FIRST scholars and the courses they teach will be highlighted on the Summer Session website and in other communication materials. 

Deadlines

  • Department chairs should submit an electronic and paper copy of grant proposals to the appropriate Summer Session dean by Friday, October 21, 2016.
  • Summer Session deans will provide ranked grant proposals to Summer Session on Thursday, October 27, 2016.
  • Summer Session deans will be notified in mid-November of grants awarded. 

For More Information

Visit summer.colorado.edu to learn more about Summer Session and the FIRST program, contact the Summer Session dean in your school or college, or Jessica Madrigal, Assistant Dean for Summer Session at Jessica.Madrigal@colorado.edu.

Download an assessment of the FIRST programEnhancing University Summer Session Programs: The Role and Effect of Visiting Faculty.

Additional Information for Department Chairs and Summer Session Deans

Department chairs submit FIRST nominations (an electronic and paper copy of each grant proposal) to their respective Summer Session dean by October 21, 2016.  If more than one grant is submitted, the department chair should rank the submittals to the Summer Session dean.

Each application MUST include:

  • A completed application form
  • Faculty Name, Home Institution, Rank/Title
  • Proposed Course Title, Course Number, and Term to be offered [Maymester, Augmester (please see note regarding lower demand for this term in Call for Proposals), A, B, C, D are available for FIRST grants ]. Please keep in mind that the course must meet the minimum enrollment of 14 students for A, B, C, and D terms; and, 18 students for Maymester and Augmester due to higher attrition rates. Where applicable, curriculum committees will give the final approval for the course.
  • Course Description to be used in the catalog and website (6-8 sentences).
  • 4-8 sentence Faculty Biography. This is for the purposes of promoting the course.
  • A brief (1 paragraph) analysis of the potential contribution of the faculty member to Summer Session or the department. Please include the course's target audience and projected enrollment.  
  • Attach a C.V. for the nominated faculty member including current email and telephone number.
  • Name and email of the departmental faculty member designated as liaison to assist the FIRST scholar.

The course MUST be on the CU Student Integrated System (CUSIS) with a term and time selected.  If the grant is not funded, the course will be cancelled.

FIRST courses must meet minimum course enrollments to “go.”  Minimum enrollments are 14 for undergraduate courses and 7 for graduate courses. Maymester and Augmester courses have a minimum enrollment of 18 students. Maymester and Term A are the most popular terms.

Department and liaison responsibilities include:  

  • Providing office space, computer, and other accommodations as necessary.
  • Assuring payroll requirements are met.
  • Facilitating and arranging for housing.
  • Providing orientation to CU (BuffOne card, email, mail pick-up, parking, library services, Desire 2 Learn, grading conventions, academic deadlines, etc.) 
  • Arranging a departmental colloquia featuring the FIRST scholar.
  • Attending an orientation meeting on FIRST scholars in January or February 2017.

The Office of International Education, Student and Scholar Services will help international faculty with visa and payment questions. Learn more on the ISSS website or from Diana Salazar, Director of International Student and Scholar Services, Diana.Salazar@colorado.edu.

Summer Session deans should rank FIRST applicants in numerical order and submit their rankings along with supporting materials above to Jessica.Madrigal@colorado.edu in Summer Session on Thursday, October 27, 2016.

Summer 2017 Calendar

  • Maymester – May 15 – June 2
  • Session A – June 5 – July 7
  • Session B – July 11 (TUESDAY) – August 11
  • Session C – June 5 – July 28
  • Session D – June 5 – August 11
  • Augmester – August 7 – August 24
  • Memorial Day (campus closed) – May 29 (Monday)
  • Independence Day observed (campus closed) – July 4 (Tuesday)

2017 Summer Session Deans

  • Continuing Education (CEPS) – Jessica Madrigal
  • Continuing Education (CEPS) – Nate Bindel
  • Program in Environmental Design – Peggy Gordon
  • College of Arts and Sciences – Patrick Tally
  • Leeds School of Business – Al Smith
  • School of Education – Liz Meyer
  • College of Engineering and Applied Science– Doug Smith
  • Graduate School – Ann Schmiesing
  • College of Media, Communication and Information – Cindy White
  • School of Law – Erik Gerding
  • Library – Alexis Macklin
  • College of Music – John Davis

Request for Instructional Grant Proposals

The Office of the Vice Provost for Summer Session is pleased to announce the continuation of the Summer Session Instructional Grant program.  

Summer Session’s mission is to provide quality, innovative courses and programs to a diverse student population at CU Boulder. Approximately 7,800 students enroll in Summer Session terms that include two three-week terms (Maymester and Augmester), two five-week terms (A and B), one eight-week term (C), one ten-week term (D) and intensive one or more week terms (E and F). Approximately 95% of Summer Session students are CU Boulder degree students.

The Office of Summer Session will make available funds up to $7,000 for each Instructional Grant based upon a 3-credit course, faculty rank, and college salary schedule. The courses and faculty will be highlighted on the Summer Session website and in other communication materials. 

The Instructional Grant funds may be used to:

  • Offer a course that has never been offered in Summer Session
  • Offer a course that has previously been offered in summer but has modified pedagogy or content (e.g., a partially online or hybrid model)
  • Offer a major/minor or core course that can only be funded through this program

The Instructional Grant program expands the number and variety of courses offered through Summer Session. The program benefits faculty and departments by providing the opportunity to:

  • Experiment with a modified pedagogy or content
  • Offer courses that are oversubscribed during fall and spring semesters
  • Offer courses with a different schedule (meetings every day, shorter term, etc.)

Instructional Grant funds are to be used to pay CU Boulder faculty salaries only. Priority is given to funding instructor level and tenure track faculty. The instructional grant will cover the salary for faculty who are re-designing a full-semester course so that it can be taught in a short-term, intensive format. It will also cover the re-design of existing summer courses into hybrid or online format. The instructional grants are not meant to supplement faculty salary. Faculty will receive their salary based on their school/college's existing salary schedule.

Courses must meet class enrollment minimums of 14 undergraduate students or 7 graduate students. Maymester and Augmester classes must have minimum enrollment of 18.

Deadlines

  • Department chairs will submit grant applications to their respective Summer Session dean by Friday, October 21, 2016.
  • Summer Session deans submit ranked grant proposals to Summer Session on Thursday, October 27, 2016.  
  • Summer Session deans will be notified in mid-November of grants awarded.

For More Information

Visit summer.colorado.edu to learn more about Summer Session, contact the Summer Session dean in your school or college, or contact Jessica Madrigal, Assistant Dean for Summer Session at Jessica.Madrigal@colorado.edu.

Additional Information for Department Chairs and Summer Session Deans

Department chairs submit their instructional grant nominations (an electronic and paper copy of each proposal) to their respective Summer Session dean by October 21, 2016. If more than one grant is submitted, the department chair should rank the submittals to the Summer Session dean.

Courses proposed for Instructional Grants MUST be on the CU Student Integrated System (CUSIS) with a scheduled term and time. If the course is not funded, it will be cancelled.

Summer 2017 Calendar

  • Maymester – May 15 – June 2
  • Session A – June 5 – July 7
  • Session B – July 11 (TUESDAY) – August 11
  • Session C – June 5 – July 28
  • Session D – June 5 – August 11
  • Augmester – August 7 – August 24
  • Memorial Day (campus closed) – May 29 (Monday)
  • Independence Day observed (campus closed) – July 4 (Tuesday)

2017 Summer Session Deans

  • Continuing Education (CEPS) – Jessica Madrigal
  • Continuing Education (CEPS) – Nate Bindel
  • Program in Environmental Design – Peggy Gordon
  • College of Arts and Sciences – Patrick Tally
  • Leeds School of Business – Al Smith
  • School of Education – Liz Meyer
  • College of Engineering and Applied Science– Doug Smith
  • Graduate School – Ann Schmiesing
  • College of Media, Communication and Information – Cindy White
  • School of Law – Erik Gerding
  • Library – Alexis Macklin
  • College of Music – John Davis

Request for Online Course Development Grant Proposals

The Office of the Vice Provost for Summer Session requests grant applications for the development and teaching of online courses in Summer Session 2017.

The mission of Summer Session is to provide quality, innovative courses and programs to a diverse student population at CU Boulder. Summer Session began offering online courses taught by tenure or tenure track faculty in 2009. In 2016, 65 online classes were offered. Summer Session welcomes proposals for the continued development of new online courses for Summer Session 2017.

Approximately 7,800 students enroll in Summer Session terms that include two three-week terms (Maymester and Augmester), two five-week terms (A and B), one eight-week term (C), one ten-week term (D) and intensive one or more week terms (E and F). Approximately 95% of Summer Session students are CU Boulder degree students.

Faculty will receive a $5,000 development stipend (for a 3-credit course) and will work one-on-one with an instructional designer to develop the course. The course will be offered in Summer Session 2016. The development stipend, the faculty salary, the grader salary, and one-on-one instructional design are provided by Summer Session. Faculty salaries are determined by the school or college Summer Session salary schedule. Priority will be given to courses that meet major, minor or core requirements and are taught by tenure or tenure-track faculty.

The online course design work can occur in the spring 2017 semester. All course development work is completed by May 1, 2017. The stipend is paid after the course is developed. The faculty member must be eligible for the “overload” to allow for the course development.

Deadlines

  • Department chairs should submit an electronic and a paper copy of the online grant proposals to their respective Summer Session dean by Friday, October 21, 2016.
  • Summer Session deans will provide ranked grant proposals to Summer Session on Thursday, October 27, 2016.
  • Summer Session deans will be notified in mid-November of grants awarded.

For More Information

Visit summer.colorado.edu to learn more about Summer Session and the online program, or contact Jessica Madrigal, Assistant Dean for Summer Session at Jessica.Madrigal@colorado.edu.

Additional Information for Department Chairs and Summer Session Deans

Department chairs submit electronic and paper copies of each grant proposal to their respective Summer Session dean by October 21, 2016.  If more than one grant is submitted, the department chair should rank the submittals to the Summer Session dean. Please note that online courses are not offered during Maymester or Augmester.

The course MUST be on the CU Student Integrated System (CUSIS) with a term and time selected.  If the grant is not funded, the course will be cancelled.

Summer 2017 Calendar

  • Maymester – May 15 – June 2
  • Session A – June 5 – July 7
  • Session B – July 11 (TUESDAY) – August 11
  • Session C – June 5 – July 28
  • Session D – June 5 – August 11
  • Augmester – August 7 – August 24
  • Memorial Day (campus closed) – May 29 (Monday)
  • Independence Day observed (campus closed) – July 4 (Tuesday)

2017 Summer Session Deans

  • Continuing Education (CEPS) – Jessica Madrigal
  • Continuing Education (CEPS) – Nate Bindel
  • Program in Environmental Design – Peggy Gordon
  • College of Arts and Sciences – Patrick Tally
  • Leeds School of Business – Al Smith
  • School of Education – Liz Meyer
  • College of Engineering and Applied Science– Doug Smith
  • Graduate School – Ann Schmiesing
  • College of Media, Communication and Information – Cindy White
  • School of Law – Erik Gerding 
  • Library – Alexis Macklin
  • College of Music – John Davis