grants promote leadership
provides individual departments with funds to add elements
of leadership to the core curriculum.
The TCU Leadership Center and the Center for Teaching
Excellence are collaborating to help faculty add leadership
components to the core curriculum, university officials
The Leadership Curriculum Development Grant Program is
designed to encourage the research and development of
collaborative projects in the course curriculum revolving
around the issues of leadership, ethics, civic engagement
and community action, said Catherine Wehlburg, director
of Center for Teaching Excellence.
Through this program, we hope to identify innovative
ways in which Student Affairs and Academic Affairs can
actively and effectively work together to educate ethical
leaders and responsible citizens for the global community,
said Eric Cox, assistant director of TCU Leadership Center.
In 2003, the Leadership Center funded nine different projects
in departments and schools, including psychology, history,
English, education, nursing, Spanish and theatre, Cox
More and more faculty are incorporating elements
of leadership in their curriculum through guest speakers
and community involvement, Wehlburg said. This
program gives them the means to do this.
For 2004, the Leadership Center plans to award five to
six new grants.
The grants funded benefit students by introducing
them to educational experiences that were not previously
available, Cox said.
For example, a grant funded to the Spanish department
allowed students to create a Spanish brochure for an advocacy
The brochure is designed for the advocates to use when
Spanish-speaking patients in a hospital are not able to
pay their hospital bills, said Mary McKinney, Spanish
instructor and 2003 grantee.
The intent is to help cross language and cultural
barriers so that more people who are eligible for the
program are reached and helped, McKinney said. Without
the grant money, the students would not be able to print
the professional brochure.
The grants are funded by Student Development Services
and range from $500 to $1,000. The programs are selected
by a committee comprised of the Leadership Center, Student
Development Services and Center for Teaching Excellence
staff in consultation with faculty members, Cox said.