The Global Curriculum Development Award is given to a faculty member who creates a new undergraduate or graduate course, or substantially revises an existing course, integrating international or global perspectives into an undergraduate or graduate major. Revised courses must not have been already globally oriented. Only one GCDA is given per year.

Deadline and Spending Periods

Application deadline: July 1 of the academic year prior to one in which funded programming would take place.


University of Iowa tenured, tenure-track, instructional-track, clinical, and research faculty.

Terms of Award

The award of $3,000 can be used toward professional expenses (e.g., travel, research materials, books). The award does not allow funding of faculty and graduate assistant salaries. The initial offering of the new or revised course must be scheduled for the academic year following the award. The award will be made upon receipt of the syllabus for the new or revised course and when the relevant DEO(s) confirm it is scheduled to be offered.  Up to three (3) separate awards of $3,000 each could be awarded each year.

Evaluation Criteria and Selection Process

Proposals must include a brief letter indicating support of the departmental DEO(s) and a plan for how often the new or revised course will be offered.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • anticipated enrollments and expected frequency of the course offering
  • clear emphasis on global or international issues
  • demonstration of how the new or revised course augments the major
  • demonstration of how the new or revised course expands students’ knowledge of global topics
  • proposed or revised course material extends beyond individual countries or area studies
  • potential for long range impact on relevant University, local, state, national, and global communities, including scholars, students, practitioners, and the general public

While no matching funds are required, applicants should indicate additional sources of funding for which they intend to apply, from within the University or from external funding agencies, either for course development or closely related projects or programming. The committee to review proposals is appointed and chaired by the IP business manager.

Application Process

Complete the online application form. You will need to have the following to complete the form:

  • an application form
  • curriculum vitae (2-page maximum)
  • a proposal addressing the criteria above (up to 3 pages in length)
  • a brief budget outline

Contact Information

For questions regarding the Global Curriculum Development Award, please contact:

Mary Paterson
Administrative Services Manager

Featured Award Recipients

headstone saved from the destruction of Armenian cultural heritage in Artsakh
A medieval headstone saved from the destruction of Armenian cultural heritage in Dadivank in Artsakh, currently housed at The Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Vagharshapat, the official seat of the Armenian church.

Elke Heckner, lecturer in the Department of German, created a course, "War Crimes, Justice and Accountability: New Trends," that is connected to her current research project as well as a book chapter on the future of human rights in international law.

"This funding will allow me to design an innovative course on the most recent human rights strategies, now that the UN Security Council (due to Russia's and China's veto power) can no longer prosecute or effectively intervene in ongoing massive human rights abuses or near-genocidal conflicts... This research project examines, among other issues, geopolitical conflicts that verge on ethnic cleansing, such as the displacement of the Armenian population from their ancestral lands and the destruction of cultural heritage sites in the semi-autonomous region of Artsakh, which lies within Azerbaijan, but which has a predominantly Armenian population."

- Elke Heckner, recipient of a Global Curriculum Development Award

Students in Prof. Heineman's first-year seminar, "Jewish Life Today," researching Iowa's Jewish history in the Iowa Women's Archives.
Students in Professor Heineman's first-year seminar researching Iowa's Jewish history in the Iowa Women's Archives.

Professor of History and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies, Elizabeth Heineman, used the award to design a new "Intro to Jewish Studies" course. The award also informed two other courses she teaches: "Jews, Judaism, and Social Justice" and a first-year seminar called "Jewish Life Today."

“I'm using the funding to support enrollment in online courses in areas where my own expertise could use some updating, and in areas of innovation within Jewish Studies that are only now emerging... As a historian of the late modern era, I'm better equipped to teach that portion of Jewish history than I am to teach earlier eras or other approaches to the interdisciplinary field. Attending courses on biblical-era history and texts help me to teach that aspect of Jewish Studies. Attending courses on cutting-edge approaches (e.g. regendered Torah, queer readings of Talmud) ensure that my courses reflect ongoing developments in the field.”

Elizabeth Heineman, recipient of a Global Curriculum Development Award