Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

The VPUE Faculty QuarterlyTeacher meeting with students
Autumn Quarter 2010 - 2011



Dear Faculty Colleagues:

Welcome to autumn quarter and the first edition of the VPUE Faculty Quarterly. We will be sending out a newsletter at the start of each quarter to highlight important new VPUE undergraduate initiatives, research and grant support for you and your students, and upcoming teaching and advising opportunities. We have designed this faculty newsletter with the express purpose of bringing VPUE closer to you. Our aim is to facilitate faculty access to information about and participation in the many exciting VPUE programs.

Accordingly, we have attempted to put all the upcoming VPUE-wide faculty opportunities in one location. Here you will find information on everything from fall grant applications for you, your students, and your department to pedagogical support and professional development resources. Here you can also easily locate all important application due dates and approaching events. In our effort to advance the partnership between the Stanford faculty and VPUE, we aim to make this newsletter an important new resource for you.

As we enter into what will most certainly be an exciting and transformative period for undergraduate education at Stanford, we very much look forward to working with you. If there are questions you have for me about specific programs or our vision for VPUE, please always feel welcome to contact me directly at or (650) 725-3964.


Harry J. Elam, Jr.
Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities
Freeman-Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Grants and Prizes

Undergraduate Research Faculty GrantsStudents Researching in a Lab

Individual faculty members may receive funds to engage undergraduates in their research or current scholarly projects. The program aims to provide a bridge for students between introductory coursework and advanced independent study. Faculty grants are typically between $5,600 and $10,200, representing 400 to 800 hours of student work. Exceptional proposals for larger projects are considered as well. For more information on how to apply, please see the request for proposals. To view successful grant applications from past years, please see our selection of sample grant proposals.
Who should apply: All faculty are welcome to apply.

Deadline: There will be two deadlines for the 2010-2011 academic year, October 13, 2010 and January 12, 2011. The deadlines are intended to accommodate projects developed by faculty throughout the year. The Autumn Quarter deadline will award funds available for all project activities taking place between September 2010 and August 2011. The Winter Quarter deadline can support project expenses between January and August 2011.

Contact: For more information, contact Brian Thomas at (650) 723-0051 or

The Departmental Grants programs expand opportunities for undergraduates to work with faculty on research and scholarship. The programs match students with faculty mentors and provide them with stipends for full-time summer work and/or wages for part-time research during the academic year.  Departmental grants vary in amount based on the size of the proposed program.  A pilot program might be awarded $15,000 in its first year, whereas a large established program in a department with dozens of potential mentors might receive funding for 40 or more students. For more information on how to apply, please see the request for proposals.  To view successful grant applications from past years, please see our selection of sample grant proposals.
Who should apply: Chairs or undergraduate studies directors, interdisciplinary programs, and research centers may sponsor programs.  Research institutes and centers are also eligible to participate.

Deadline: There is one proposal submission deadline for the 2010-2011 academic year, October 13, 2010.

Contact: For more information, contact Brian Thomas at (650) 723-0051 or

Undergraduate Program Enhancement Grants provide academic department and program funding to facilitate students' exposure to the intellectual resources of the departments and programs. The grants are designed to support all students (freshmen and sophomores contemplating majors; juniors and seniors already in their majors; and honors and non-honors students).  For more information on how to apply, please see the request for proposals.
Who should apply: Departments and programs are welcome to apply.

Deadline: We are currently accepting grant applications, with a deadline of October 29, 2010.

Contact: For more information, contact Sharon Palmer at (650) 723-4504 or

This program provides modest one-time support for curriculum development projects.  The goal is to support development of new courses and modification of existing courses that expand undergraduates' opportunities for intellectual excitement and academic rigor. Grant support typically ranges from $1,000 to $5,000 for curricular innovation and up to $8,000 for a more substantial faculty project.  Occasionally, grants in the amount of $10,000 to $25,000 are awarded for long-term departmental or IDP projects with wide faculty involvement.  For more information on how to apply, please see the request for proposals.
Who should apply: Departments and programs are welcome to apply. Faculty may apply with the support of their Chair.

Deadline: We are accepting applications for Autumn and Winter Quarters, with a deadline of October 29, 2010

Contact: For more information, contact Sharon Palmer at (650) 723-4504 or

Teaching Opportunities

Introductory Seminars
Introductory Seminars integrate explorations into current questions in a field together with development of critical inquiry skills. They are designed to allow students to explore potential areas of interest and to see the shape that more advanced investigations in a field might take.  We accept course proposals on our website beginning November 1, 2010 for the 2011-2012 academic year.  For more information, please contact Ellen Woods at (650) 723-9378 or

Bing Overseas Studies ProgramBuildings in Moscow
Each quarter, one Stanford professor serves as Faculty-in-Residence in each of the BOSP program locations.  These faculty teach classes in their own disciplines, often developing courses that incorporate unique features of the local culture and environment or that provide comparative perspectives on a particular topic.  Please check the BOSP website any time for information, and after December 15, 2010 for applications for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Applications for Faculty-in-Residence appointments are accepted from any current Stanford faculty member who belongs to the Academic Council.  For questions, please contact Trudi Reinhardt at (650) 725-0232 or
Teaching Resources

Given the rapid pace of the quarter system, faculty often find it helpful midway through the quarter to get student feedback on how their class is going. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers two methods of getting such feedback: Small Group Evaluations (SGEs) and online mid-quarter evaluations. Each of these methods has its particular advantages and disadvantages--Small Group Evaluations require some class time, for example, but tend to have good response rates; online evaluations, on the other hand, take no class time but can have low response rates. Regardless of the evaluation method you choose, CTL staff are happy to consult with you about the results. To set up an evaluation, fill out a request form approximately one week prior to the date on which you would like to have the evaluation done. For more information, please contact or the associate director for your disciplinary area.
Upcoming Events

Majors Night
Autumn Quarter Majors Night is an opportunity for departments to share information and answer student questions about majoring in the department.  This year Majors Nights will take place on September 30, 2010.  Faculty are encouraged to participate in staffing these department tables and engaging in dialogue with the students on opportunities and areas of interest within their majors.  To participate in the event, please contact Jayne Patterson at (650) 736-8853 or

Student-Athletes in Our CommunitySoccer player running
This inaugural Pringle Fellowship event invites students to hear from a panel of student-athletes about their roles and lives in the Stanford community.  The Pringle Fellowship was established to allow a rising senior to develop a program which helps new students develop a deeper understanding of the Stanford community and knowledge of Stanford's history, traditions, and values or fosters a closer cohesion and class identity among freshmen or cultivates loyalty and an ingrained sense of affiliation to Stanford.  The event will be held on October 6, 2010 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Dinkelspiel Auditorium.  All faculty are welcome to attend.


The Student Experience: A Panel of Experts
Join us on October 21, 2010 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Encina Hall to hear a panel of current Stanford students discuss their diverse experiences and have the opportunity to ask the students questions of your own. The panel will be moderated by the new Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Harry J. Elam, Jr., the Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities. 

Headshot of JMThe Sophomore Symposium: Epic Win for Social Good - Making it as easy to save the world in real life as it is in online games  
The Sophomore Symposium attempts to help students discern their disciplinary interests by examining a single topic through the lens of a variety of academic disciplines. Join Stanford faculty and our keynote panelist, Jane McGonigal, Ph.D., in a lively discussion about negotiating identity in an online age and harnessing these identities to solve real world problems. While discourse about online identity often focuses on the disjunct between the organic self and online identities, Dr. McGonigal argues that these multiple identities can be harnessed to solve real world issues. The event will be held on October 14, 2010 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Toyon Hall.

Symposia of Undergraduate Research and Public Service (SURPS)

Held over Homecoming and Admit Weekends, SURPS allows Stanford undergraduates to present their research, creative projects, and public service to the broader university community. Undergraduates from all disciplines present their current and recent academic projects, showcasing the diversity of topics, approaches, and interests at Stanford.  Faculty are invited to attend the event and to encourage their students conducting research to present at SURPS.  The deadline for registration is October 7, 2010 and the event will be held on October 21, 2010 from 3:30-5:45 p.m. in McCaw Hall of the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center.  For more information, please contact Dean Eyre at (650) 723-3829 or

Award-Winning Teachers on TeachingStudents gathered around a monitor
The Center for Teaching and Learning's longest-running lecture series, Award-Winning Teachers on Teaching, invites faculty winners of Stanford's major teaching awards to deliver a lecture on a teaching topic of their choice. On November 4, 2010 from noon-1:00 p.m. in the Hartley Conference Center, Mitchell Earth Sciences, English Professor Michele Elam, Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor, will speak on "The New F Word (Feminism) and Beyond: Gender, Race, and other Classroom Unspeakables."  On November 9, 2010 at 4:00 p.m., Vice Provost Harry J. Elam, Jr., the Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities, will deliver the 100th lecture on "Is the Lecture Dead?: The Large Lecture Course in the Humanities Today" in the Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall.
The Center for Teaching and Learning's 35th Anniversary Celebration
On November 9, 2010 from 3:30-5:30 p.m., The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education will mark CTL's anniversary with a reception to honor teaching award-winning faculty and with a program featuring the 100th talk in CTL's Award-Winning Teachers on Teaching lecture series.  The event will be held at Encina Hall in the Bechtel Conference Center.  All faculty are welcome.  To attend, please use our RSVP form.  For more information on the afternoon's program, please see the CTL website.
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