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About the Award

The Alumnae of Northwestern University Award for Curriculum Innovation was founded in 2014. It supports faculty innovations that will enhance the undergraduate curriculum such as

The above list of examples is not meant to be limiting. We welcome any proposals that clearly demonstrate a measurable positive impact upon the education of Northwestern’s undergraduate students. We welcome proposals for both new courses and projects that build upon or enhance existing courses.

Each Curriculum Innovation Award recipient will have the opportunity to address a meeting of the Board of Directors of The Alumnae of Northwestern University and to present the outcomes of their project at the annual TEACHx forum. In addition, Provost Hagerty will recognize recipients of the Curriculum Awards at the annual luncheon for all current recipients of awards established by the Alumnae of Northwestern University.


All faculty who expect to teach at Northwestern for the next two years are eligible to apply for this award, including non-tenure and tenure-line faculty.  Proposed courses/innovations should be implemented within the current or the subsequent academic year

Award Amount

Each award will provide total support in the amount of $12,500.  This amount includes:

The award is not intended to fund regular instructional or administrative salaries, standard faculty leaves, faculty research (except as it relates to undergraduate teaching responsibilities).


Submit your materials using the Online Application.

Application Materials Needed for Submission:

  1. Description of the proposed curricular innovation including:
    • an explanation of how it relates to the existing curriculum,
    • the expected level and format of the class incorporating the innovation (e.g., large introductory class, small seminar), and
    • an explanation of why the proposal is innovative in nature.
  2. Description of the learning goals and expected impact of the innovation on undergraduate students as well as the sustainability of the innovation.
  3. Discuss the feasibility of completing the innovation, including any special circumstances or considerations that would need to be addressed in order to successfully implement the proposal. For example, would the course require approval from several departments? Would space, not typically available, be required in order to teach the class? Does the course involve collaboration with entities outside of Northwestern who have not yet consented to participate?
  4. Proposed budget. Fill out and upload the Budget Form
  5. Signed approval from the faculty member’s Department Chair (or Program Director) and Dean of your school. Fill out and upload both the Signed Department Chair (or Program Director) Endorsement Form and the Signed Dean Endorsement Form


Friday, November 12, 2021

Selection Process:

Nominations will be reviewed by the Provost's Office and faculty members selected in consultation with the Faculty Senate.

Additional Information:

Questions can be directed to