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Ann S. Ferren Curriculum Design Award

Aligning General Education with the Major

The Ann S. Ferren Curriculum Design Award recognizes creative integration of the learning outcomes of the General Education Program into the design of an undergraduate major or interdisciplinary program.

CTRL coordinates the award process. Winning projects typically recognize the collaborative work of two or more faculty members, with the $2500 award divided among the recipients.

The award winners are announced at the annual Ann Ferren Conference on Teaching, Research and Learning held in January.



The deadline for applications is November 13th, 2015.

To apply, please respond to the following questions and email your project description to Marilyn Goldhammer at Please include the names, email addresses and phone extensions for each faculty member who worked on the alignment project. Your application will include:

  • A one-page executive summary of how the curriculum alignment and integration was accomplished 
  • A document of up to four (4) double-spaced pages that includes:
  1. Summary of student learning outcomes that guided the curriculum alignment
  2. Specific examples of how courses incorporated and/or expanded upon General Education themes, concepts, and skills
  3. Information and examples of how the integration process was shared with both students and faculty
  4. Examples of such elements as assignments, readings, or exam questions used to assess learning outcomes that relate to alignment
  5. Summary of next steps to solidify or expand the alignment

Please direct questions about the award or application process to Marilyn Goldhammer at or 202-885-2068.

2015 winners

A team of faculty from the Kogod School of Business:
Professors William Bellows, Melissa Bradley, Richard Linowes, Jay Pope, Robert Sicina, and Tommy White 

Collectively, they are recognized for their work with the Kogod Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative, which was launched in 2014.This interdisciplinary initiative integrates a broad range of majors (not just in business) with the creative problem-solving skills of entrepreneurship. Courses in the program build on the broad spectrum of General Education goals, including strong communication skills, critical analysis skills, quantitative literacy and symbolic reasoning skills, and an awareness of new and different ways of thinking and understanding issues in our ever-changing world.

2014 winners 

A team of faculty from the School of International Service:  
Professors Rose Shinko, Patrick Jackson and Betsy Cohn


2013 winners 

A team of faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences in the Department of Environmental Science: 
Professors Kiho Kim, Sara Lombardi, Jesse Meiller and Stephen MacAvoy