University Courses proposals due Nov. 12

Faculty proposals for the 2019 cycle of University Courses are due Monday, Nov. 12. The University Courses initiative allows faculty to introduce and teach innovative courses to students from across each of Vanderbilt’s schools and colleges.

The University Courses initiative is open to all full-time VU- and VUMC-employed faculty for courses teaching Vanderbilt students in schools and colleges reporting to the provost. See the website for full eligibility guidelines. Proposals should be submitted online via InfoReady Review.

About University Courses

The University Courses program promotes new and creative trans-institutional learning, a key component of Vanderbilt’s Academic Strategic Plan. These courses leverage the natural synergies across Vanderbilt’s schools and colleges, providing faculty the opportunity to reach beyond departmental boundaries to deliver innovative classes on significant subjects.

A special call is made for multicultural university courses that meet the University Courses criteria and specifically address multiculturalism, racial/ethnic issues, identity literacy and/or cultural competency within an interdisciplinary setting.

Five new University Courses will launch during the 2018-19 academic year. A total of 16 courses have been approved since the initiative’s inception, including those focused on the ethics of artificial intelligence, LGBTQ public policies and cultural heritage.

The University Courses Committee, chaired by Interim Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Tracey George, and the Multicultural University Courses Committee, chaired by Ifeoma Nwankwo, associate provost for strategic initiatives and partnerships, review and make recommendations on proposals.

Key dates

  • Nov. 12: Proposals due
  • February 2019: Awards announced

For more information about eligibility, proposal requirements and guidelines on the use of funds, visit the Internal Funding Programs section of the Office of the Provost website. Questions about the application process for University Courses may be directed to Schyler Turrin at 615-875-1027 or