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Enriching Classroom Teaching: Materials

This program enriches classroom teaching at Loyola by providing funds for materials needed to develop a new course, to improve a course, or to support a presentation of a course. Proposals might include (but are not limited to) materials such as the purchase or rental of films, slides, tapes, books, computer software, or other materials essential to the successful presentation of a course and which are not available from the University or its library. This program does not fund the development of new courses, nor does it provide honoraria for guest lecturers within courses. The maximum award for this proposal is $750; teachers of the same course or courses with similar interests may submit a combined proposal with a $1200 limit. Ordinarily, no more than five of these grants are awarded in a given year.

Requests for funding above these limits may be considered on the basis of the quality and creativity of the proposal.


Applicants must be tenured, tenure-track, or teaching faculty working under year-long contracts in the humanities. Ordinarily a faculty member may submit only one proposal per year.

Standards for Proposals

The proposal should explain clearly how the materials to be financed will benefit (a) specific course(s) at Loyola and why the funding should come from the Center for the Humanities rather than other sources in the University. The proposal should include a specific description of the materials to be purchased.


The proposal should include:

  • The applicant's department, rank, years of teaching at Loyola and elsewhere and a budget;
  • Approval of the applicant's department chair expressed by the chair's signature on the proposal; and
  • An explanation of the value of the materials proposed to (a) specific course(s) in the humanities (500 words maximum).


Proposals must be submitted in electronic form as an attachment to  by the last working day of any month for consideration at the next month's meeting of the steering committee.