Principal’s Impact Courses

water dropping over a page2022 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Deadline Extended to: Monday, April 11, 2022

The selection committee welcomes creative and imaginative proposals to be considered for the Principal’s Impact Courses initiative – those courses you would develop if only you had the resources and support needed to make it happen. Funds will be granted for the development of courses that directly support the goals outlined in Queen’s Strategy, including integrating teaching and research, enhancing inquiry-based learning, and enhancing local and global community connections. The Principal’s Impact Courses initiative also supports Queen’s strategic goal to reconceive educational offerings to better prepare students to have impact in their chosen careers and throughout their lives.

This exciting initiative is part of a longer-term commitment to transform curricula by enhancing already-existing undergraduate courses or developing new courses with the purpose of supporting inquiry-based ‘wicked idea’ experiences, community impact, and the integration of research into the student experience as emphasized in Queen’s Strategy.  Proposals are invited for courses that address one or more of these three areas with a focus on the world’s most significant and urgent challenges.

Grants provide up to $10,000 in one-time funding to develop the course of your dreams. Funds must be used for at least two iterations of the course, though sustainable approaches that extend beyond the one-time funding are preferred. The budget may be used creatively to support the development of educational experiences that push the boundaries of teaching and learning and invite us all to think and practice differently and collaborate with others in that journey. This initiative is not intended to support purchase of IT equipment (tablets, laptops, smartphones), laboratory equipment, or consumables.

In this call, up to five (5) courses will be selected to receive funding for delivery in the upcoming academic year. Applicants must hold a tenured, tenure- track or continuing appointment. The recipients will be invited to participate in teaching and learning events including a showcase celebrating teaching at Queen’s.

Additional Supports

Successful applicants will be provided with educational development support from the Centre for Teaching and Learning, and supports from discipline and faculty relevant units, where available.

Proposal Content

Proposals must address the following - up to a maximum of three (3) pages.

  1. Applicant's name, appointment, and Department affiliation. Proposals from a team of applicants should identify one person as the primary contact;
  2. Proposed course name, course code (if applicable), description and intended learning outcomes;
  3. Statement of the ways in which the proposed course relates to one (or more) of the strategic goals identified (see above);
  4. Statement indicating support from the department head/school director/or dean;
  5. Preliminary plans for evidencing the success of the course.
  6. A detailed budget that outlines expenditures for at least two iterations of the course.

Selection Criteria

  1. Do the proposed course description and learning outcomes align with the intentions of the Principal’s Impact Course program in supporting inquiry, community impact, and research as key features of undergraduate learning?     
  2. In what ways does the course enhance the student learning experience?
  3. In what ways does the course align with the overall academic program(s) to which it belongs?  How does it support students’ progress toward achieving program-level outcomes?
  4. Is the proposed budget directly related to enhancing inquiry, community impact, research, and the overall quality of the student learning experience? Do budget allocations support the sustainability of the course for at least two iterations?  

Selection Process

The Principal’s Impact Course program is sponsored through the Office of the Principal and administered through the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Two faculty members, and one representative each from the Office of the Principal, Office of the Vice-Principal (International), Office of the Vice-Principal (Research), and the Alma Mater Society will form the selection committee. The Associate Vice-Principal (Teaching and Learning) will serve as chair without voting privileges.

Deadline for Submissions:

Proposals must be submitted electronically as a PDF to the Centre for Teaching and Learning to by Monday, April 11, 2022.