About Curriculum Innovation Grant Program
We are seeking UWM faculty and instructors interested in integrating creative-, design- and entrepreneurial thinking into their courses. The goal of the program is to expose more UWM students to innovation and entrepreneurship. The program supports two tracks: (1) ideas for individual course instruction from individual applicants and (2) ideas for new co-instruction from a pair of faculty members (evidence of departmental/college approval/support of a new course must be provided). 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 FY22:
- Professional development grant (up to $5,000) or discretionary support (course buy-out, summer support, materials, and supplies) ($5,000);
- Curriculum design and implementation coaching from LEC staff or affiliated faculty;
- 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.
Proposal Submission Guidelines
All proposals should be received by the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center staff by December 31, 2021.
Two-page proposals should address the following questions:
- Is this an existing or a new course?
- Why do you want to integrate creative- design- or entrepreneurial thinking into curriculum?
- What is your idea (even if it is in an early stage of development)?
- What is your curriculum implementation plan/timeline
Proposals should be emailed to Dr. Ilya Avdeev, Director of Innovation and Kellner Entrepreneurship Fellow, Lubar Entrepreneurship Center – firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Proposal submission window: December 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021
- Review complete: January 7, 2022
- Awardees notified: January 10, 2022
- Support period: January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022
- Curriculum implementation: Spring 2022, Summer 2022 or Fall 2022 semesters
2021 – 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.