- What are the reviewers looking for in a proposal?
Proposals are rated on the following criteria:
- The proposal audience represents a broad base of faculty across a wide range of disciplines.
- The content of the proposed monograph is applicable in various teaching and learning environments (e.g., traditional, online, hybrid, distance).
- The abstract is well organized.
- Major headings indicate major subtopics or themes.
- The abstract is clearly written and easily understood.
- The abstract is well written, with few or no errors.
- The example of practice clearly exemplifies the concept in practice.
- The example of practice could be fairly easily replicated in a variety of disciplines.
- The example of practice could be fairly easily replicated in various teaching and learning environments.
- The example of theory/research clearly indicates ways in which theory/research support practice.
- The proposed monograph draws from teaching and learning theory/research from a variety of sources.
- The proposed monograph draws examples of practice from a variety of teaching and learning environments.
- The topic of the proposed monograph is both timely and important for faculty.
- The proposed monograph has the potential to make a strong contribution to community college faculty development.
- What are the titles of past issues of The Cross Papers?
- Number 1. Developing Professional Fitness Through Classroom Assessment and Classroom Research (K. Patricia Cross)
- Number 2. Opening Windows on Learning (K. Patricia Cross)
- Number 3. Learning Is About Making Connections (K. Patricia Cross)
- Number 4. Collaborative Learning 101 (K. Patricia Cross, 2000)
- Number 5. Motivation: Er…Will That Be on the Test? (K. Patricia Cross)
- Number 6. The Role of Class Discussion in the Learning-Centered Classroom (K. Patricia Cross)
- Number 7. Techniques for Promoting Active Learning (K. Patricia Cross)
- Number 8. Increasing Engagement for Online and Face-to-Face Learners Through Online Discussion Practices (Alice Bedard-Voorhees)
- Number 9. Constructing Knowledge Through Reflection (Anneliese Homan)
- Number 10. From Classrooms to Learning Spaces: Teaching by Design (Michael Schoop)
- Number 11. Learner-Centered Assessment: Real Strategies for Today’s Students (Celeste Fenton and Brenda Ward Watkins)
- Number 12. Academic Integrity in a Multicultural Context: Implications for Teaching and Learning (Carol A. Jenkins)
- Number 13. Changing the Educational Landscape: The Total Impact of Course Redesign (John Squires)
- Number 14. Creating Significant Deep Learning Experiences (Beth A. M. Dailey)
- Number 15. Making It Real: Using Contextualization for Student Success (Donna McKusick)
- Number 16. Building Connections Through Social Collaboration (Penny Kuckkahn)
- Number 17. Teaching With the Brain in Mind: What Neuroscience Can—and Cannot—Tell Us About How Students Learn (Amy J. Marin)
- Who is the primary audience for The Cross Papers?
Community college faculty are the primary audience for these monographs.
- Are topics in The Cross Papers ever repeated?
A topic is unlikely to be repeated, particularly in consecutive years; however, a topic may be repeated if significant changes in research and practice have been made in the intervening years. Keep in mind that reviewers are looking for proposals that reach a broad range of faculty in a wide variety of disciplines, and that are applicable in a variety of teaching and learning environments.
- Is the Fellowship awarded for graduate research?
The Fellowship is not a grant for traditional academic research. The Cross Papers are designed and intended to provide faculty with a body of useful, proven, practical strategies they can use in their classrooms to help improve their own teaching and their students’ learning. The Cross Papers also provide a brief review of current research that supports the strategies described in the paper.
- Can a proposal be submitted by more than one author?
A proposal may be submitted by two authors, but proposals submitted by more than two authors will not be considered. Note that only one Fellowship is awarded each year. If a joint proposal is accepted, the stipend and travel expenses are divided equally between the two authors, and both authors are expected to fulfill all Fellowship responsibilities.
- How long is the monograph?
The monograph should be 8,000 to 10,000 words.