Faculty Funding For Course Development

Since 2018, DavisConnects and the Office of Provost and Dean of Faculty have been inviting faculty from any Colby department or program to submit proposals for developing new and/or revising innovative courses in an effort to support the development of creative and immersive global experiences led by Colby faculty, ensuring high-quality, personalized, engaging, and rigorous experiences abroad for our students. 

Faculty may apply for funding to develop two types of global engagement courses: Global Innovation Courses and Global Labs. Please see this page for examples of past and current courses.

These courses should have the stated purpose of significantly expanding our students’ awareness of and engagement with international and global topics, connecting the on-campus curriculum with experiences abroad.

These labs should have the stated purpose of expanding significantly our students’ awareness of and engagement with international and global topics through abroad experiences or global experiences within the U.S. They highlight connections between local and global issues, contexts and concerns, and promote established and new global research partnerships.

All faculty who are interested in developing global engagement courses are encouraged to begin the exploratory process now through consultation with the Global Engagement Faculty Advisory Committee and funded opportunities for on-site exploration and planning. With endorsement from your department chair or program director, faculty are eligible to apply for funding for an exploratory trip by submitting a brief proposal to the Committee. On-site exploration must be followed by Global Innovation Course or Global Lab proposal development and submission by the following academic year.

Support for global proposals is awarded by the Global Engagement Faculty Advisory Committee. Levels of funding support will vary and depend on strength of the proposal, financial need, and availability of funds.

Proposals for Spring 2024 as well as for 2024-2025 courses (and exploratory funding for Jan Plan, Spring, and Summer ’24 course development trips)

  • Proposals for courses: Due Friday, September 22
  • Review by advisory committee: Week of September 25
  • Decisions emailed: By Monday, October 2
  • Course proposal/revision to AAC: By Tuesday, October 10

There will be an additional Call for Proposals in March’24 for 2024-2025 courses (Fall ’24, Jan Plan ’25, and Spring ’25)


Scott Lamer (splamer@colby.edu):
Director of Global Experiences