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Theme Semester Co-Curricular Programming Awards

Call for Proposals 

Faculty and students from across the College of Arts and Sciences spend each fall semester exploring ideas related to the single, intellectually engaging theme.

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) invites proposals from CAS faculty members for funding to help develop and offer scholarly and creative activities and events that engage the campus and community and that complement our Fall 2021 CAS Theme Semester on Climates, in the multiple meanings of that word.

Proposal Submission Deadline:  Friday, April 30, 2021. Decisions will be announced by May 14th, 2021.

Please note that we would be happy to help promote activities related to the theme that we are not funding so long as you provide us with the details and a brief description of the programming for the purposes of promotion by June 1, 2021.

The total budget for co-curricular programming awards is $8,000, which will be divided up based on the amount of funding requested in proposals that meet the selection criteria described below. Programming might include but is not limited to:

  • Lectures and panel discussions 
  • Colloquia and Workshops 
  • Art exhibits 
  • Museum programming and exhibits 
  • Film screenings 
  • Creative Performances  

We anticipate that most awards will be in the $250-$1,500 range but will consider funding larger requests for especially strong proposals. Applicants are encouraged although not required to pursue matching funds to cover the cost of the planned event. 

Who Can Apply?

Any faculty member (tenured, tenure-track, or non-tenure-track) with an FTE appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences may apply.  

Expectations for Funding Recipients

  • Award recipients are expected to handle all scheduling and logistics surrounding the proposed programming. The dean’s office will provide college-level publicity and funding of various amounts to all successful applicants.
  • Award recipients must submit receipts in order to be reimbursed for the approved amount toward the event or activity.
  • Award recipients will attend a theme semester kickoff meeting in August 2021 to share plans and discuss possible collaborations with fellow curricular and co-curricular award recipients.
  • Award recipients will complete a survey and/or participate in a focus group in December 2021 to provide feedback on their experience with the Theme Semester pilot, so that we may improve the program in the future.

Selection Criteria

Projects will be evaluated based on how successfully the proposed programming integrates the theme, the likelihood that it will attract student interest, and the overall quality of the proposal.  Since Theme Semester is meant to inspire discussion and reflection on important topics within and across disciplines, multidisciplinary events and partnerships between departments and units are encouraged.  

Application Submission


Please contact Cynthia Davis at  with questions or concerns. 

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