Course Development

Loyola University Chicago’s Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage (CCIH) encourages the development of undergraduate and graduate courses connected to the broad range of Catholic thought. It does this by offering full-time Loyola faculty a stipend of up to $4,000 (pre-tax) for the development of these courses. 

Applications for courses developed in Academic Year 2024-2025 will be due on January 22, 2024, can be submitted through our submissions platform. Applications must include: 

  • Completed application form
  • Course Development Proposal
    • Provide a 2-3 page description of the proposed course. This description should indicate the level (100, 200, etc.), topic(s), and purpose of the course, method of instruction, textbooks and materials to be used, course requirements, and planned evaluation methods. In addition, the proposal should explicitly state the ways that the course will integrate Catholic intellectual concern into the course. At least one third of the course’s content should be explicitly Catholic, but ideally, even more. 
  • Instructor Background
    • Provide a paragraph describing the instructor’s background (research, teaching, or other experience) in the topic and material proposed for the new course, and how that background will contribute to the instructor’s ability to develop the course.
  • Current CV
  • Approval from Department Chair (to be completed through application portal)

Applications are reviewed and evaluated by the CCIH Advisory Board, and are judged on the merit of the proposed course in relation to its pedagogical aims and its attention to topics of Catholic intellectual concern. 

Faculty members in all disciplines--and both tenure track and non-tenure track--are encouraged to apply for course development funding through CCIH. In awarding course development funding, attention is given to distributing these funds equitably to faculty across all departments. Applications for undergraduate courses are additionally considered in relation to the proposed course’s curricular contribution to the university’s interdisciplinary minor in Catholic Studies. Applicants apply with the understanding that their proposed course must be taught within three (3) semesters after it has been funded and developed. 

Prospective applicants are encouraged to consult with CCIH’s Associate Director, Dr. Joseph Vukov (, in order to cultivate a constructive and pragmatic approach to course design. Submissions can be made here.

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