Strategic Curriculum Development Program

Serving Nontraditional Students

The Strategic Curriculum Development Program provides incentives and structured support for SAS faculty and instructors to develop courses that align with SAS strategic priorities.

This program is currently focused on supporting the development of asynchronous online courses that serve nontraditional and returning students. The program also supports refreshing and redeveloping existing asynchronous courses that serve this same population.

Coordinated departmental plans to develop multiple courses that will enable nontraditional students to complete a minor via asynchronous courses are especially encouraged. If you are an undergraduate director interested in pursuing this, please contact us before having instructors submit a proposal.

Individual instructors interested in developing asynchronous courses are warmly welcomed to apply, but should consult with their department's undergraduate vice chair/undergraduate director before applying.

The program is designed to provide the support you need to fully develop an engaging, rigorous asynchronous course.

Participants receive:

  • An asynchronous guided course build experience, with one-on-one guidance and feedback provided by an instructional designer, to support you as you create your learning goals, syllabus, Canvas module structure, plan for student-student and student-faculty engagement, content delivery plan, and curriculum committee online course proposal form.
  • Regular consultations with an instructional designer as you develop the remainder of your course.
  • A letter of recognition from the Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education memorializing your expertise in course design demonstrated by completion of the program, suitable for inclusion in a teaching portfolio.
  • $3000 in research/professional development funds upon completion of the program with a fully developed online asynchronous course.

Research/professional development funds are available for all instructors; you do not need to have a research account. Professional development funds can be used for purchasing research or pedagogy-related books and resources; expenses related to research, including Scholarship of Teaching and Learning research; registration and attendance at conferences related to your Rutgers disciplinary appointment; and other forms of professional development.

2022–23 application information coming soon!

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