Call for Applications: The Apgar Award for Innovation in Teaching

Applications due December 11, 2017

The Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Apgar Award for Innovation in Teaching. Thanks to a generous donation from Mahlon Apgar, IV D’62 and Sarah Tipper Apgar, Tu’11, this gift annually rewards and supports innovative teaching initiatives by early career, non-tenured faculty.  The award recognizes existing courses that cross traditional academic boundaries and that are likely to have practical applications in students’ lives. Last year’s award went to Russell Muirhead, Robert Clements Professor of Democracy and Politics and Professor of Government, and David Plunkett, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, for their course, Current Research in Social/Political Philosophy. This course connects empirical research in political science to abstract normative questions and examines how work in metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language bears on social/political philosophy.

DCAL invites proposals from faculty teams for an existing interdisciplinary course that, through innovative methods pursues a topic of study engaging two or more distinct modes of research and analysis. One of these disciplines must be in the Arts and Sciences; the others may also be in the Arts and Sciences or the Tuck School of Business, the Thayer School of Engineering, and the Geisel School of Medicine. We encourage applications that involve two or more instructors using a team-teaching model, and that engage at least one discipline from the Arts and Humanities division.


Any tenure-track or non-tenure-track faculty member who completed their Ph.D. after 2008 may apply for the award. We will consider applications from non-tenured faculty who plan to teach with tenured faculty. 


Send the following as an attachment to by Monday, December 11, 2017:

  • The course description and target student population
  • A syllabus that contains:
    • Student learning outcomes
    • Assessment Plan to measure student attainment of outcomes
    • Outline of learning activities 

Please refer any questions to