Nominations for Williams Scholars Proposals, Scholars Now Open


Applications for scholars and teaching proposals for the Tom and Carol Williams Fund for Undergraduate Education are now open and due February 15.

The Williams Council seeks candidates who are excellent teachers and who have demonstrated a commitment to undergraduate education by stimulating their students academically and creating an engaged and inclusive learning environment.

Williams Scholars embody the spirit of innovation in teaching and learning, but they also represent the collaborative ideal of reaching across disciplines and departments to create change and opportunity for students.

“The Williams Fund honors faculty and ideas that push boundaries,” said Lee Rumbarger, associate vice provost for educational engagement. “Williams Scholars are excellent teachers who innovate even in any course, discipline or context. Williams’ pedagogical proposals bring to life faculty teaching ideas that are out of business as usual. What a joy that each year the council can honor the professors who move the university forward like this.

Educational proposals are also welcome from individuals or groups who wish to create opportunities for teachers to renew, expand, restructure or develop classes or courses that actively engage students in the learning process. ‘learning.

A $5,000 award to recipients recognizes their outstanding contribution to undergraduate learning at the University of Oregon. In keeping with the goals of the Williams Council, a separate award of $5,000 is awarded to support innovative undergraduate learning experiences in the recipient’s department.

For those who wish to hear the past directly williams recipients, the Williams Showcase will feature Kathleen Freemen, computer and information science; and Ed Madison, School of Journalism and Communication. It will take place on February 25 from 1 to 2 p.m. on Zoom. Registration can be done online.

To nominate someone for a Williams Fellow award, complete the nomination form and send two letters of support and the nominee’s resume to the Provost’s Office with the subject line Williams Fellow Nomination.

Letters of support should specifically address the applicant’s pedagogical or curricular innovations and/or their collaborations across courses, departments, or disciplines.

See a list of proposals made possible by the Williams Fund on the provost’s website.


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