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9.1 Funds for Classroom Activities

A portion of the Mellon Foundation grants to the University’s undergraduate colleges for curriculum development is set aside each year by the dean’s office for classroom or co-curricular activities. Eligible categories for support from the Mellon funds include:

  1. field trips;
  2. guest lecturers;
  3. academic travel that has a clear and direct relation to the enhancement of a course;
  4. hiring a student to serve as a tutor or assistant teacher; and
  5. purchase of instructional videos, software, and books for the library or audio-video centers.

Adjuncts and full-time non-tenure track faculty are eligible to apply for funds related to a, b, and e. Excursions are partially rather than completely funded. Applications should be sent to the dean or the associate dean of the college/school in which the course is offered in advance of the event, and receipts must be presented for reimbursement.

9.1.1 Course Enrichment: Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center

All instructors may apply for course enrichment funding for activities directly related to course learning outcomes. Other requirements for this funding mechanism are that the activity will provide students with a scholarly or intellectual experience that links New York City to their Fordham experience; students participating in the activity will have an opportunity, through an assignment or class discussion, to reflect on the experience and relate it to their coursework; the activity is reasonable in cost. The dean’s office will issue a call for proposals and electronic submission instructions at the beginning of each semester.

9.1.2 The Challenge Fund: Fordham College at Lincoln Center, Fordham College at Rose Hill, and Gabelli School of Business

The Challenge Fund is designed to support faculty in carrying out projects that will enhance curriculum and teaching. Annual guidelines along with a request for proposals are issued at the beginning of the spring semester. One eligible category normally involves support for special workshops and public programs involving distinguished guest scholars and artists.

The Faculty Challenge Fund is open to all full-time faculty who teach at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, Fordham College at Rose Hill, or Gabelli School of Business (undergraduate). The selection committee consists of A&S and GSB deans and a group of representative faculty.