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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.

2014 Award Winners: Betsy Cohn (SIS), Patrick T. Jackson (SIS) and Rosemary Shinko (SIS). 

2013 Award Winners: Kiho Kim (CAS, Environmental Science), Jesse Meiller (CAS, Environmental Science), Stephen MacAvoy (CAS, Environmental Science), and Sara Lombardi (CAS, Environmental Science)



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 goldhamm@american.edu. 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 goldhamm@american.edu or 202-885-2068.