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Faculty Leadership Grants

Starting in the summer of 2011, the Carolina Leadership Initiative began working with the Center for Teaching Excellence to provide grants for faculty who aim to alter existing courses or develop new courses to promote leadership development among students. View awardees from 2012.

Teaching Excellence Grants on Teaching Leadership
Request for Proposals

The Center for Teaching Excellence, in collaboration with the Carolina Leadership Initiative, solicits applications for participation in this competitive grant program to strengthen leadership education in courses taught at USC.  Applications are welcomed not only from faculty who teach explicitly leadership-themed courses but also from those who would like to incorporate a leadership-related experience of some sort in a course that they teach. 

To apply, submit the attached Cover Sheet, Budget, a one to three page proposal, and a current CV. Completed applications should be received by May 30, 2015 in the Center for Teaching Excellence, Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, or sent electronically to cte@sc.edu.

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2013 Awardees

Eight $3,000 grants were awarded in the summer of 2013 to the following faculty members:

Professor Mark Beck
Professor Beck has designed a new course, CLAS 250: Leadership in the Ancient World, to be offered within the Classics Undergraduate Program as part of the Carolina Core. In several units focusing on different aspects of leadership, students will undertake an exploration of leadership paradigms, both negative and positive, as represented in multiple literary genres and time periods in the Graeco-Roman world. In employing this comparative approach, students will arrive at much deeper understanding of the multi-faceted nature of leadership.

Dr. Charles Carter
Dr. Carter is expanding the specialty training program for family medicine residents at the Palmetto Health/USC Family Medicine Residency Program by adding the “Curriculum in Team Leadership for Primary Care Physician Trainees.” The expanded curriculum will provide early reflective learning regarding challenges in healthcare quality and innovation, recognition that team leadership is a vital skill to be learned and honed, and practical opportunities for trainees to lead teams and receive targeted feedback on leadership skills.

Dr. Patricia Fabel
Dr. Fabel is weaving tenets of leadership into the SCCP 774 course, Pharmacy Political Advocacy. The course increases awareness of legislation as well as increases the desire to become involved in pharmacy organizations among participating students. Leadership skills are needed to affect change through advocacy efforts so leadership training will be implemented into the already established course work. Through this training, students will be able to recognize individual group strengths, indoctrinate the values of diversity and teamwork, improve the effectiveness of group work within organizations, provide examples of various leadership styles to affect positive change.

Kirk Randazzo

Professor Karen Mallia
Professor Mallia is a returning recipient of the CLI Faculty Grant and is planning to further develop the Creative Leadership course which she created last year. Students taking this course learn leadership skills in advertising campaigns and participate in American Advertising Federation competition teams. The students also help coordinate and plan a CreateAthon event on campus that exercises their vision, creativity, and risk management skills, precisely the parameters of the skills desired of today’s leaders.

Dr. Leah McClimans
Dr. McClimans, a previous recipient of a CLI faculty grant, will be modifying PHIL 550, Health Care Ethics, to promote and strengthen leadership within the women’s health care field. Through education, case studies, and training, students will learn more about ethical leadership as well as women and leadership, develop a better ability to critique leadership, and improve their own personal leadership skills. These objectives relate directly to the course’s original outcomes to create a firm link between the knowledge taught inside the classroom and the practical leadership skills that can be applied in everyday life.

Dr. Armen Shaomian
Dr. Shaomian is incorporating leadership and management practices into his new course, Performing Arts and Nonprofit Management and Leadership coming this spring semester. Students in this course examine the management practices of nonprofit organizations and are encouraged  to take on a multitude of perspectives involved in the decision making processes within these organizations. Students will learn group work and choose specific organizations within the entertainment nonprofit management field to work with directly. The immersive method will provide a positive outcome and a greater understanding of the characteristics of effective leadership.

Dr. Lauren Sklaroff
Dr. Sklaroff is further implementing leadership literature and philosophy into undergraduate History courses, continuing what she began with the CLI faculty grant she was awarded previously. This year Dr. Sklaroff will be updating current syllabi within large American History lecture sections to incorporate various forms and models of leadership in order to introduce students to new forms of collective organization and communication, and to encourage students to become leaders themselves through group workshops, mock debates, as well as other forums for dialogue.

Professor Brad Stratton
Professor Stratton is updating the current MGMT 250, Professional Communication course to add a section, or sections, themed around “business leadership.” Students enrolled in these sections will participate in class readings and discussions focussed on the fundamental topics of leadership in business.  These topics will include definitions of effective business leadership, as well as the importance of communication in leadership, and will guide students to generate questions that will influence their own research projects.

For more information, contact:

Ryan Day
Graduate Assistant, Carolina Leadership Initiative
Phone: 803-777-1673
Email: rday@email.sc.edu
Office: Gambrell Hall, Room 330

Last Updated: August 30, 2012.