Starting in the summer of 2011, the Carolina Leadership Initiative began working with the Center for Teaching Excellence to provide grants for faculty who aim to alter existing courses or develop new courses to promote leadership development among students.
Teaching Excellence Grants on Teaching Leadership
Request for Proposals
Due: April 19, 2013
Are you a full-time faculty member on any USC campus who wants to broaden your studentsí understanding of leadership? Do you want to explore and promote strategies for teaching students about leadership and for developing their leadership skills?
The Center for Teaching Excellence, in collaboration with the Carolina Leadership Initiative, solicits applications for participation in this competitive grant program to strengthen leadership education in courses taught at USC. Applications are welcomed not only from faculty who teach explicitly leadership-themed courses but also from those who would like to incorporate a leadership-related experience of some sort in a course that they teach.
Applications for the 2013-2014 Teaching Excellence Grants are due April 19th, 2013.
Five $3,000 grants were awarded in the summer of 2012 to the following faculty members:
|Dr. Laura Woliver
Dr. Woliver is incorporating leadership studies and practices into her POLI/WGST 352 course, "Gender and Politics." By reprising the group projects formerly in the course, students will work throughout the semester on a project topic that encompasses gender, politics, and leadership. Leadership in the course will be defined in a broad spectrum to include grass roots and local action, mentoring and policy reform and more formal leadership, direct government lobbying, and running for political office at all levels of government. Through the added leadership oriented readings, students will be able to put into practice what they will learn in the classroom.
Dr. Mary Hjelm
|Professor Karen Mallia
Professor Mallia is creating a course, campus event, and community event through her Creative Leadership course proposal. By bringing the nationally recognized CreateAthon to the University of South Carolina, Professor Mallia intends on preparing students enrolled in the Creative Leadership course to: understand communication with nonprofit organizations, identify clear objectives, develop communication strategies, recruit student event participants, recruit and work with professional mentors from the community, coordinate the actual event, lead project teams, and work with nonprofit organization management throughout the course of the semester.
|Dr. Leah McClimans
Dr. Climans is modifying PHIL 321, Medical Ethics, to involve ethical leadership, which has recently been recognized as an important component of providing high quality clinical ethics. The two main objectives of her project are to educate students about the leadership component of high quality ethical health care as well as developing and improving students' leadership skills.
|Dr. Darcy Freedman
Dr. Freedman is expanding the College of Social Work's course offerings by integrating Leadership through Service to Community-based Organizations into three existing courses: SOWK 830, SOWK 793, & SOWK 831. Through an innovative mentoring model, her project aims to teach leadership by providing students with the opportunity to practice leadership skills and observe community leaders in the context of a university-community collaboration.
|Dr. Lauren Sklaroff
Dr. Sklaroff is developing a new History course, entitled American Jewish History, 1600-present. The course will offer students the unique opportunity to evaluate leadership models and the building of political, economic, and cultural alliances while investigating how various groups negotiated and connected with one another in a historical and comparative context.
|Dr. Brad Smith
Dr. Smith is creating a new course, PSYCH 518, which focuses on Service-learning Leadership. The course is meant for students who are or will be taking leadership positions in service or service-learning out of the classroom experiences. Students enrolled will learn how to apply didactic material with applied practice.