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Lorraine and Tom Pangle, Co-Directors BAT 2.116, C4100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-6648

Course Development Grants

The Thomas Jefferson Center is pleased to offer a number of grants to develop courses in all fields of study that will focus on the reading of core, original texts and that will qualify for the university’s Ethics and Leadership flag. Grants will be awarded in the amount of $3000 to create a new course or $2000 for the revision of an existing course to meets these criteria.

To qualify as a course in Core Texts and Ideas, a course should include extensive study of books, poetry, works of art, scientific papers, political documents, or speeches that are distinguished both by their depth of insight or creative originality and by their influence on subsequent thought or history. The course should also address one or more fundamental questions of enduring human concern. For complete guidelines on developing Core Texts courses please see:

For a course to qualify for the Ethics and Leadership Flag, “at least one-third of the course grade must be based on work in practical ethics, i.e., the study of what is involved in making real-life ethical choices.” For more information on this flag and how to apply for it, see:

To apply for a course development grant, please submit a 1-page proposal outlining the texts to be studied, the major questions to be pursued in the course, and the means by which you propose to satisfy the requirements of the Ethics and Leadership flag. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with preference given to courses that meet essential needs of the Program in Core Texts and Ideas or of the English, History, or Social Studies tracks of UTeach Liberal Arts. Applicants should be sent to the academic director, Lorraine Pangle,, who is also happy to discuss ideas for potential new courses and course revisions in advance.

Once a proposal is approved by the Jefferson Center, it will be the responsibility of the instructor to secure the Ethics and Leadership flag for the course. Funds will be released at the beginning of the semester in which it is first offered and may be used for research expenses or taken as summer salary.
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