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Opportunities of Interest

Dear CIC President:
(cc: Chief Academic Officer)

Please note the following opportunities of possible interest to you or your campus colleagues. Will you please share this information with colleagues on your campus who may be interested?

Awards for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment
Letter of Intent Deadline: March 1, 2016
The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) invites applications for its annual campus-wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments. The award recognizes higher education institutions that have successfully implemented characteristics of excellence (PDF), devised exemplary programs to provide high-quality research experiences to undergraduates, and evaluated the success of these programs. Nominations will be open to all types of higher education institutions. CUR will make up to three awards per year, with efforts to recognize institutions in different Carnegie classification groups. Last year, CIC member Allegheny College was an awardee.

Workshop on Transforming Undergraduate Research Culture and Curricula
Application Deadline: March 11, 2016
CUR will host a workshop, Transforming Undergraduate Research Culture and Curricula, at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 15–17, 2016. The workshop will bring together teams of three to five faculty members and administrators from institutions that are interested in institutionalizing existing research activities and who are interested in developing research-rich curricula to support undergraduate research. Participants will explore ways to think about scaling the benefits of undergraduate research to a larger percentage of students by integrating research into the curriculum.

Macat Critical Thinking Study
Survey Deadline: March 18, 2016
Macat International and the University of Cambridge are conducting the largest study ever undertaken on critical thinking skills. The study aims to discover how best to develop individuals’ critical thinking skills for personal growth, workplace performance, and civic service. CIC encourages you to consider registering your institution to participate in the free study. It requires a commitment of at least 100 people to ensure anonymity of responses and to provide valid and comparative data (participants can include students, faculty and staff members, alumni, trustees, donors, or friends). The two-component online survey must be completed between February 11 and March 18, 2016. Results, which will include individual and organizational profiles, will be distributed in April.

Yale National Initiative Video on Teachers Institute Approach
The Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute sponsored a conference in fall 2015 on the role that Teachers Institutes can play in supporting and retaining teachers in high-poverty, high-minority public schools. The Yale National Initiative Invitational Conference included presidents and other university representatives from 24 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia who learned about how the Teachers Institute approach developed in New Haven strengthens teaching in high-need public schools. The approach is replicable by other colleges and universities that are seeking to improve teaching in their local schools. The video includes interviews with eight CIC member presidents: Frederik Ohles of Nebraska Wesleyan University, Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran of Kalamazoo College, William Trout of Rhodes College, MaryAnn Baenninger of Drew University, John Bassett of Heritage University, John Roush of Centre College, Jeff Abernathy of Alma College, and J. Cameron West of Huntingdon College. For more information about establishing a Teachers Institute, contact James R. Vivian, founding director of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, at or (203) 432-1080.

Liberal Arts Conference
Early-Bird Registration Deadline: June 1, 2016
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University will host a conference, Liberal Arts Illuminated, on their campuses in central Minnesota July 11–13, 2016. The conference will bring together leadership, faculty members, and trustees from liberal arts colleges, as well as public policy makers, for a substantive and generative conversation about the future of liberal arts institutions. Sessions will explore four key questions: Where is our sector going and how is it transformative? Why should people invest in liberal arts education? How do we ensure financial, social, and cultural access for all? What should we do to make sure the liberal arts thrive over the next 50 years?

Teaching Interfaith Understanding Video
Chief academic officers may wish to share a new interfaith studies resource with students and faculty members. The Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) has developed a video about the CIC-IFYC multidisciplinary seminar on Teaching Interfaith Understanding for full-time faculty members at CIC member colleges and universities. The seminar broadens faculty members’ knowledge and perspective to help them strengthen the teaching of interfaith understanding, develop new courses and other resources, and encourage the development of an expanding network of faculty members who are committed to teaching this subject.

Resources on Integrating Liberal Arts, Professional Studies, and Civics
The New American Colleges & Universities (NAC&U ) in January hosted several events in Washington, DC, to highlight how integrating liberal arts, professional studies, and civic engagement has enhanced students’ undergraduate education while preparing them for careers and lives as global citizens. Students and recent graduates representing 12 NAC&U member institutions participated in a Congressional Briefing and a National Press Club Briefing titled “Holistic Approaches to Postsecondary Persistence and Success: Integrating Liberal Education, Professional Studies, and Civic Engagement.” The goal was to provide members of Congress with insight into how the programs in the Higher Education Act reauthorization bill might better support programs that are in demand from industry. The events demonstrated how students can effectively “make the case” for the high-quality education offered by smaller private colleges.

Sincerely yours,

Richard Ekman
Council of Independent Colleges

Council of Independent Colleges
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 320
Washington, DC 20036-1142
Phone: (202) 466.7230 · Fax: (202) 466.7238

Minority Fellowship Program: Application Deadlines

Grantee Organization,  Application Period for the MFP Traditional PhD Program,  Application Period for the MFP- Masters Level Youth Focused Program,  Application Period for the MFP- Masters Level Addictions Counseling Focused Program,  Application Link and organization contact

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy,  11/9/2015 – 1/20/2016,  11/9/2015 – 1/20/2016,  N/A,

American Nurses Association,  8/1/2015 -3/1/2016  9/1/2015 –3/1/2016,  N/A,

American Psychiatric Association,  11/1-2015- 1/15/2016,  N/A,  N/A,

American Psychological Association,  10/1/2015 –1/15/2016,  10/1/2015 –1/15/2016,  N/A,

Council on Social Work Education,  12/2015 – 2/28/16,  Spring 2016,  N/A,

National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates,  9/15/2015 – 11/15/2015,  9/15/2015 – 11/15/2015,  9/15/2015 – 11/15/2015,

NAADAC: the Association for Addiction Professionals,  N/A,  N/A,  12/15/2015 -3/15/2016,

SELI's 2016 Application is HERE!

November, 2015- SEF is excited to announce recruitment for the 2016 SELI Summer Fellowship has officially begun! We are looking for the best and brightest leaders across the South to participate in this ten-week service learning opportunity, focused on improving education equity and opportunity for all students. Please share the application with any current upper-level undergraduate or graduate students you think would be well-served by the experience and are interested in research, advocacy, community organizing and policy analysis.  Read more about the 2016 SELI eligibility and application requirements today! 

Do you know of an education focused nonprofit in your Southern city or state that might be interested in applying to host a 2016 SELI Fellow? Learn more about eligibility requirements for becoming a placement site.

National Academy of Social Insurance

The Academy is recruiting for its stellar summer internship programs, which offer an unmatched leadership development experience to qualified students. Think about the talented young people you know—friends, students, mentees, and other interns—and encourage them to apply for this exciting summer in Washington, DC. Please share this information widely.

The Academy’s internship programs – The Washington Internship on Social Insurance, The Somers Aging and Long-Term Care Internship, The Nathan J. Stark Internship for Non-Profit Development, and The Eileen Sweeney Graduate Internship in Disability Policy – offer a wide array of opportunities and a $3,500 stipend. The online application form is available on NASI’s Internship Opportunities page.

For 26 years, NASI’s internship program has focused on developing young leaders in the social insurance field. In 2015, sixteen outstanding young scholars were selected to spend their summer in Washington, DC working at agencies and organizations under the supervision of Academy members like you. The 2015 class of interns came from colleges and universities across the nation and included both undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in various fields of study, including Political Science, Economics, Social Work, Aging Studies, Journalism, Education, Social Policy, Psychology, Biology, History, Demography, Public Health, Health Sector Management, Health Policy and Administration, Human Development, Public Policy, Gerontology, International Affairs, Health Policy, and Sociology.

Visit the Academy's Internship Opportunities page for additional information and instructions on how to apply.
Application deadline: March 1, 2016

Questions? E-mail or call Academy headquarters at 202-452-8097.

P.S. There is one more way you can support the Academy’s leadership development programs. Please consider making a gift to the Robert M. Ball Leadership Fund. A donation of any amount helps support our current programs and enables us to develop new opportunities for future leaders.

Auburn University SCOPE Program              


Auburn University will be hosting a program called Scholars Committed to Opportunities in Psychological Education (SCOPE) on Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st which seeks to improve the recruitment of talented racial/ethnic minority students into graduate programs in psychology. This program is FREE to participants.

After attending this two-day program, participants will enhance their graduate school applications by learning skills that will increase their likelihood of success in the graduate application process. These skills and opportunities include:

  • Understanding disparities in mental health among racial/ethnic minorities
  • Understanding how to conduct a program search
  • How to write a personal statement
  • How to format a CV
  • Interview skills
  • How to receive fee waivers for graduate application fees and GRE testing
  • Learning more about the different options for graduate school in psychology

In addition to the development of new skills, participating students will receive the following benefits:

  • Earn a free GRE test book
  • Take a free GRE practice exam offered by Kaplan
  • Receive meals and refreshments during the SCOPE workshops
  • Visit Auburn’s campus and meet with students and faculty in the Department of Psychology The ideal participant for this program is an undergraduate student who is interested in pursuing graduate-level education in any field of psychology. Examples include Clinical, Experimental, Industrial-Organizational, Counseling, Human Development and Family Studies, and Applied

Behavioral Analysis

Interested students should email the following items to Rebecca Fix at by March 11, 2016:

  • CV or resume
  • The below application

Auburn University | 101 Cary Hall | Auburn, AL 36849

Phone: (334)844-4889 | Fax: (334)844-6671