The Cross Papers Fellowship Request for Proposals

In recognition of the many valuable contributions K. Patricia Cross has made to community college teaching and learning, the League is pleased to continue our support of The Cross Papers Fellowship. Funded by a gift from K. Patricia Cross, the fellowship continues and builds on the outstanding success and renowned usability of The Cross Papers. Each year the Cross Papers Fellowship is awarded to a scholar/practitioner of community college teaching and learning.

Since the release of the inaugural issue of The Cross Papers in 1997, community college educators have used these monographs as tools for stimulating discussion, providing orientation and training to new faculty and staff, rejuvenating veteran employees, and designing successful practices and strategies for reaching the diverse groups of students who come through the open doors of community colleges every day. The League applauds the work of K. Patricia Cross and seeks through this fellowship to continue her legacy of professional development focused on community college teaching and learning.

Request for Proposals

The League invites proposals for The Cross Papers Fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year. The proposal deadline is 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, June 15, 2018.

Responsibilities and Remuneration

The Cross Papers Fellow will author an issue of The Cross Papers using the general format established by K. Patricia Cross in the original Cross Papers. The format for the 8,000- to 10,000-word monograph includes a review of literature on current teaching and learning theory (approximately 50 percent of the paper) as well as practical applications of current theory in contemporary learning environments (approximately 50 percent of the paper). The Cross Papers Fellow will also conduct a Special Session on The Cross Papers topic at the League’s annual Innovations conference, with the session videotaped and posted on the League’s iStream. Following the session, The Cross Papers Fellow will be available to sign copies of the monograph.

The Cross Papers Fellow will receive a stipend of $2,000 to support research and writing, complimentary registration to the Innovations Conference at which the Fellow will present the work, travel expenses up to $1,000 to attend the conference, a plaque commemorating the recipient’s designation as a Cross Papers Fellow, and ten copies of the print edition of The Cross Papers issue.

Proposal Format

Proposals should be prepared as Microsoft Word documents.

  • Header. Put the title of the proposed monograph and the page number in the header on each page, including the cover page.
  • Cover Page. Include the title of proposed monograph, name and professional affiliation of the author, and contact information for the author. Include email address or phone number where the author can be reached during July 2018.
  • Length. The proposal should be no longer than 5 pages (excluding cover), doubled-spaced, with one-inch margin.
  • Font. Use Calibri 11 font.
  • Style Manual. For works cited and references, follow the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition.

Proposal Content

Proposals should include the following content, designated with the headings listed below. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the FAQ page before preparing and submitting proposals.

  • Topic. Describe the topic of the proposed monograph. The topic of The Cross Papers should be both timely and important for faculty across the wide range of disciplines.
  • Audience. Describe the audience for the proposed monograph, keeping in mind that The Cross Papers are intended to reach a broad base of faculty across the wide range of disciplines.
  • Teaching and Learning Environments. Describe the teaching and learning environments in which the proposed topic is applicable, keeping in mind that The Cross Papers are intended to be applicable in various teaching and learning environments.
  • Organization. Describe the organization of the proposed monograph, including major headings that indicate major subtopics or themes. The headings should reflect that the proposed monograph draws from teaching and learning theory and research from a variety of sources, and that it draws examples of practice from a variety of teaching and learning environments and institutions.
  • Example of Practice. Describe at least one example of a practical application of this topic to teaching. The example should feature the concept in practice, be fairly easy to replicate in a variety of disciplines, and be fairly easy to replicate in various teaching and learning environments.
  • Example of Theory and Research. Describe at least one example of how theory and research support practice. The example should clearly indicate ways in which theory and research on this topic support practice, and it should draw from teaching and learning theory and research from a variety of sources.
  • Contribution to Faculty Development. The proposed monograph should have the potential to make a strong contribution to community college faculty development. Conclude your proposal with a statement explaining how the proposed monograph will make that contribution.

Proposal Submission and Deadline

Submit a proposal via email as Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) attachment. Email your proposal to Kelly Dooling to arrive no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on June 15, 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the FAQ page before preparing and submitting proposals. Responses to these questions include tips for preparing a strong proposal.

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