About Curriculum Innovation Grant Program
We are seeking faculty and instructors interested in integrating design- and entrepreneurial thinking into their courses. The goal of the program is to expand the umbrella of Ideas Challenge Courses in order to expose more UWM students to innovation and entrepreneurship. The program supports two tracks:
(1) ideas for individual course instruction from an individual and (2) ideas for new/existing courses requiring co-instruction from a pair of instructors. Expected outcomes of each grant – new curriculum either embedded into an existing course, or a brand-new course.
Faculty or instructors selected will receive the following support for 12 months:
- Professional development grant (up to $5,000) for participation in selected faculty development workshops supporting curriculum innovation activities;
- Discretionary support (course buy-out, summer support, materials & supplies) (up to $5,000);
- Curriculum design and implementation coaching from LEC staff or affiliated faculty; and
- If you are applying for track (2) – the discretionary support from two applicants can be combined for a course buy-out for one of the applicants to enable co-teaching opportunities.
Grant Recipients and Project Descriptions
- Abigail L. Phillips – I am incorporating design thinking into a public library course.
- Adam Hudson – Incorporating design thinking U/G work with nonprofits.
- AkkeNeel Talsma & Jeana Holt – Integrate design and entrepreneurial thinking into the existing curriculum for two graduate nursing programs to address current healthcare problems.
- Anne Basting – Creating a new U/G course in English in Narrative and Entrepreneurship.
- Barbara Meyer & Kyle Ebersole – A team science approach for leveraging the health performance continuum to optimize individual and organizational productivity.
- Christ Willey & Nathaniel Stern – Establish Creative Technology as a cross campus concentration that leverages innovation and entrepreneurial tools.
- Coe Douglas & Kim Beckmann – Using human-centered design to break and remake a more ecologically inclusive human-centered design practice.
- Hamid Seifoddini – Incorporating system thinking into industrial engineering courses.
- Erica Bornstein – Integrating social entrepreneurship into my anthropology classes on human rights, humanitarianism and global justice.
- Erica Ceka – To build students’ abilities to collaborate in defining and solving complex problems and to generate unique solutions in addressing global challenges.
- Jacob Rammer – Motivate BME Capstone design students to pursue medical device entrepreneurship.
- Jean Creighton & Robin Mello – Collaboratively teach students to design storytelling events to communicate astronomy performatively.
- John Gardner & Jenny Kehl – Incorporating entrepreneurial thinking into water stewardship planning for local business.
- Mohamed Ayoub – Joy of Teaching & Learning S.T.E.M. Entrepreneurship.
- Nathan Jung – Integrate entrepreneurial design into STEM communications by developing STEM toys.
- Priyatha Premnath – Inculcating Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship in freshman Biomedical Engineers.
- Trudy Watt – Using kindness as a cornerstone to enhance collaborative experiential learning across disciplines.
- Yaron Zoller – Create a new Business course on data analytics & innovation.