TCU Daily Skiff Tuesday, April 20, 2004
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New grants promote leadership
Program provides individual departments with funds to add elements of leadership to the core curriculum.

By Ferrell Fields
Staff Reporter

The TCU Leadership Center and the Center for Teaching Excellence are collaborating to help faculty add leadership components to the core curriculum, university officials say.

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 said.

“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 group.

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.

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