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About the Award

The Alumnae of Northwestern University Award for Curriculum Innovation was founded in 2014.  It provides faculty support to develop new course materials, new courses, or new modes of teaching (including online courses or online education), that will enhance innovation in our undergraduate curriculum. Any project requiring special circumstances (eg. Non-Northwestern student involvement, etc.) must be discussed with the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education in advance to submitting an application. 

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 Holloway 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.  For non-tenure line faculty we ask for a letter from the dean indicating an expectation of a renewed appointment, in order to allow for some impact of the new curricular contribution. Applications should be sent to

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). The award amount represents full funding for the project; no additional funds will be made available.