Application Guidelines

Eligibility: All full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty, instructors, and supportive professional staff at NIU are eligible to apply. Those selected to participate will receive a $1,000 stipend upon 1) completion of the institute, 2) submission of a final report by the posted deadline, and 3) presentation of an oral report in the fall semester following the institute.  In addition, individuals must be employed at NIU in the academic year following participation in the institute in order to receive the stipend. Those on twelve-month contracts can apply and participate in the institute, but are ineligible to receive the stipend.  Individuals are only permitted to enroll in the institute one time.

Application Guidelines: Each application should include the following:

  1. Name, rank and title, contract length (e.g., nine-month, twelve-month, etc.) office and home addresses, office and home  telephone numbers, e-mail address, and special needs (if any). 
  2. Abbreviated curriculum vitae. (Limit three pages.)
  3. A one to two-page statement that explains what you hope to gain from participating in the institute. 
  4. Identification of at least one course that you intend to transform based on your participation in the institute. Include the course number and title, average enrollment per offering, and how often the course is offered annually. 
  5. Explanation of specific interests and/or subjects related to multiculturalism that you would like to explore during the   institute. 
  6. Identification of specific curriculum transformation outcomes that you hope would result from your participation in the   institute and how you will measure these outcomes. 
  7. A letter of support from your chair or supervisor that indicates the importance of the course proposed for transformation and how often it is usually offered. 

Requirements: Institute participants are required to:

  1. Attend and participate in all sessions of the institute. 
  2. Submit fully completed evaluations of institute events, including the final evaluation form. 
  3. Complete a written report and give a brief presentation on the transformed course during the fall semester following the institute. Guidelines for both the written report and oral presentation will be distributed at the institute.

Selection Process: All applications will be reviewed by committee members, and applicants will be informed of the outcome, usually by March 1. Selection criteria will be based on the quality of the application, the anticipated impact of the transformed course, and the support of the chair or supervisor.

Institute Schedule: Institute sessions are usually scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday to Friday during the week after final exams in May at the Holmes Student Center. A reception for the plenary speaker and past participants may also be held one evening during the week when the institute is scheduled. Participants will be notified in advance about the institute schedule for a particular year.

Application Deadline: Extended to Friday, January 25, 2013. All application materials must be submitted electronically to by the established application deadline. Questions about the application process should be addressed to

Last updated: 12/6/12