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Request for Proposals

Common Experience Theme, 2012-2013

The Common Experience team invites faculty and staff to submit proposals for the 2012-13 Common Experience (theme and accompanying text). Because the Common Experience is a collaborative initiative at Texas State (crossing departmental and divisional boundaries), we encourage the submission of proposals that address important themes that can engender a broad, inclusive conversation. In concrete terms, this means that Common Experience themes should include opportunities for participation by faculty, staff, students, and the broader central Texas community. A team is currently working on the 2011-12 theme, “The First Amendment.”
For example, the 2010-2011 Common Experience theme of “Sustainability” includes Colin Beavan’s No Impact Man, which describes Beavan’s efforts to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle that permits him and his family to make zero impact on the environment. A multi-disciplinary, cross-divisional group of faculty and staff has created distinctive experiences for our community that included a “No Impact Week” and a lecture by Colin Beavan.
Any faculty member (or collaborative group) should prepare a proposal that describes as clearly as possible the proposed theme, suggestions for a text, and possible event(s). As a point of departure, please consult any sources of information regarding the 2010-2011 Common Experience (e.g., website: Copies of previous winning proposals can be obtained through the University Seminar office.
Common Experience, while not institutionally funded at a high level, does have minimum funding to bring in speakers and other events aligned with the chosen theme. A proposed budget is helpful, but not required. It is expected that the author(s) of the winning proposal will become a member(s) of the Common Experience team, charged with the planning and implementation of the year’s program.
The Common Experience proposal selected should show a strong connection to a theme / text / event that crosses academic boundaries and that bridges academic affairs and student affairs, so the proposal should reflect collaborative potential. A sub-committee of the Common Experience Team will review all proposals submitted and will give special attention to proposals that reflect one (or more) of the following characteristics:

  • Theme / Text proposed lends itself to interdisciplinary analysis and conversation
  • Theme / Text proposed is of high academic caliber and conducive to scholarly dialogue
  • Theme / Text proposed lends itself to collaborative links across the campus (student affairs, academic affairs, and community engagement; see examples at Common Experience website)
  • Theme / Text proposed is accessible, yet potentially engaging, for students and community
  • Proposal suggests possible contributors, speakers, and participants for a Common Experience structured around the suggested theme / text
  • Proposal suggests possible media, books, etc. that potentially connect to the proposed theme

Proposals are due on or before March 21, 2011, and should be submitted to Dr. Ron Brown, Dean of University College, at Proposers will have the opportunity to discuss their proposal with the selection committee in early April. Decisions on proposals will be made and communicated no later than April 19, 2010. Funds will be available for the project as of September 1, 2011.
If you have any questions regarding the Common Experience grant proposals please contact Dr. Nico Schuler at 245.3395,;  Dr. Pam Wuestenberg at 245.7952,; or Dr. Ron Brown at 245.3579,