MIT Faculty Newsletter  
Vol. XXVII No. 1
September / October 2014
East Campus Development Plans
Vote for FNL Editorial Board Members
How the Retirement Transition
Could Be Made Easier at MIT
Getting to Kendall Gateway Through the
East Campus Planning Process
Issues for the Fall Term
Charles "Chuck" Marstiller Vest
9 September 1941 – 12 December 2013
Professor of Computer Science Seth Teller
Redesigning Hayden Library and the
Future of Library Spaces at MIT
HEX Subjects: One Pathway
Into the HASS Requirement
Improving Graduate Student
Financial Literacy
Can We Make Smart = Nice?
Request for Preliminary Proposals for
Innovative Curricular Projects
Nominate a Colleague
as a MacVicar Faculty Fellow
Teaching this fall? You should know . . .
from the Survey of Incoming Freshmen
Printable Version

Request for Preliminary Proposals
for Innovative Curricular Projects


The Office of Faculty Support seeks preliminary proposals for faculty-led projects to enhance the educational experience of MIT undergraduates. Projects that strengthen faculty-student direct interactions, that cross disciplinary boundaries, that explore new pedagogies including online components in residential education, and that aspire to provide dynamic, effective teaching 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, in and beyond the classroom. Collaborative projects with the potential to affect large numbers of students over time, transcend specific departmental curricula, or span multiple subjects are particularly valuable.

This year the Dean for Undergraduate Education, Dennis Freeman, and the Director of Digital Learning, Sanjay Sarma, are encouraging and offering additional support for projects aimed at introducing online components to MIT classes, including modules to be used within a subject or across subjects. As distinct from efforts to develop classes for edX, these projects must be focused on regular undergraduate MIT subjects and be designed to enhance faculty-student interactions.

Examples of other possible proposal areas include: establishing and enhancing HASS Exploration (HEX) subjects; providing opportunities aligned with the faculty resolution that envisions every MIT freshman having a faculty mentor; and increasing 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 good practices and results. For the projects involving online elements, the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education and the Office of Digital Learning will also be sponsoring workshops and other opportunities for faculty to share experiences, discuss challenges, and consult with each other about pedagogical approaches.

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 Wednesday, October 1.

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