MIT Faculty Newsletter  
Vol. XXVI No. 1
September / October 2013
Not Blameless, But Not to Blame
Report to the President, MIT and the Prosecution of Aaron Swartz
Regretted Omission
Newsletter Editorial Board Elections
Initial Thoughts
The MIT Physics Department's
Experience with edX
My Experience Teaching 3.091x
Pauline Maier
Students and Institute Governance
Creating a Culture of Caring: MIT's First Institute Community and Equity Officer
Resolution for Presentation to the MIT Faculty: "Establish a Campus Planning Committee"
The HASS Exploration (HEX) Program
Request for Preliminary Proposals
for Innovative Projects
Nominate a Colleague for the MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program
Teaching this fall? You should know . . .
Disturbed by Abelson Report
Praising America's Public Libraries
Class of 2017 Enrolled Students: Admissions Statistics
U.S. News & World Report: Ranking the Top 10 Engineering Graduate Schools
U.S. News & World Report: Ranking the Top 10 Business Graduate Schools
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Request for Preliminary Proposals
for Innovative Curricular Projects

The Alex and Brit d'Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in Education

The Office of Faculty Support seeks preliminary proposals for faculty-led projects to enhance the educational experience of MIT undergraduates. Projects that involve faculty-student direct interaction, that cross disciplinary boundaries, or that aspire to provide dynamic, effective teaching, particularly through the introduction of online learning, are all appropriate.

Projects can be focused at any level of our undergraduate education. Special attention will be accorded to enhancements of subjects offered in the first year and as General Institute Requirements (GIRs). The d’Arbeloff Fund Review Committee is interested in proposals aimed at fostering faculty participation in the educational experiences of undergraduates, especially freshmen, beyond the classroom. The Committee also welcomes proposals for projects that will explore the ways in which online learning experiments can be applied to MIT subjects. Collaborative projects with the potential to affect large numbers of students over time, transcend specific departmental curricula, or span multiple subjects are particularly valuable.

Examples of possible proposal areas include: establishing and enhancing HASS Exploration (HEX) subjects; creating online modules to be used within a subject or across subjects; providing opportunities aligned with the faculty resolution that envisions every MIT freshman having a faculty mentor; and enhancing freshman participation in appropriately focused group UROPs, project teams, or other forms of supervised research with faculty.

For all projects, the d’Arbeloff Fund Review Committee encourages assessment of the value of our educational innovations and the dissemination of results.

For guidelines and more information, visit or contact the Office of Faculty Support at x3-6776 or

Preliminary proposals, with an estimated budget, are due by Friday, September 27.

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