Trinity College Accepting Funding Proposals for Innovative Course Enhancements

Arlie Petters, Dean of Academic Affairs for Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, recently circulated the following letter to Duke Faculty and Staff:

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Trinity College’s liberal arts curriculum focuses on student learning that is active and inquiry-based. When students engage firsthand, the learning process is deeper and richer. Thanks to the generosity of a number of donors, Trinity College is circulating the David L. Paletz Call for Innovative Course Enhancements, inviting proposals for funds to add innovations to courses taught in the fall 2018 semester. The proposals should be designed to meet any of the following practices modeled by Professor Paletz during his long teaching career at Duke:

  • To inspire critical thinking and challenging discussion
  • To require or introduce students to original research
  • To enable students to produce original papers, films, videos, exhibitions, performances, or other accomplishments
  • To provide access to experiences, primary materials, or programs off campus
  • To expose students to outside speakers (including practitioners)
  • To create innovative course design (including use of new technologies)

Please provide a description of the proposed activity, how it directly relates to your course objectives, and how it benefits the entire class. Include student learning objectives, a preliminary budget, and the number of students in your class. Indicate if you have received previous funding, if appropriate.

We anticipate making several awards in the $1,000 – $5,000 range. Recipients should evaluate and report back on the activity or experience by December 15, 2018.

Proposals should be submitted to Becca Ibarra (, Box 90050) no later than July 20, 2018 for decisions to be announced in August 2018. In exceptional circumstances, proposals can be submitted outside of this time frame.

Sincerely yours,

Arlie O. Petters, Ph.D.
Dean of Academic Affairs for Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Benjamin Powell Professor of Mathematics
Professor of Physics and Economics