Glennan Fellowships

T. Keith Glennan (1905-1995) was president of the Case Institute of Technology from 1947-1966. He felt strongly about education and led the development of a curriculum that established required courses in the humanities and social sciences for students majoring in science and engineering programs. Glennan believed that the most important contribution of higher education is the influence it has on young people, as future leaders.

Each year, five Glennan Fellows receive a $6,500 stipend to develop their teaching and scholarship. This project is named after Dr. Glennan, and was created to facilitate faculty growth. Nominees must be tenure-track, though still untenured, for the duration of the fellowship. The award is based on promise for a balanced career in both teaching and scholarship.

Evidence of scholarship includes research, publications, books, grants, artistic achievement and similar accomplishments. Evidence of contributions to teaching may be in the classroom, non-traditional educational settings, curricular and academic program development, education innovations within or across disciplines, addressing needs of special student groups or other teaching and education-related activities.

The award year ends with Fellows presenting the results of their proposal activities.

PART 1: A fellowship candidate must have a one-page letter of nomination/support, signed by three faculty colleagues. This letter should be saved as a pdf file and upon receipt, will added to the applicant’s file. The letter should highlight the scholarship and teaching excellence that make the nominee worthy of a fellowship award.

The nominating letter should contain contact information for the nominee and be sent to by June 4, 2018.

PART 2: Upon UCITE’s receipt and review of nomination letters, applicants should complete an online form that provides necessary contact information.  The contact form is located here

PART 3: Applicants should prepare and submit a proposal, six pages or less, describing how they would use grant funds. Formatted as a single pdf document, it should begin with a 100-word project summary and include a one-page budget signed by the nominee's department chair or associate dean (a sample budget document will be provided).  An example budget is shown here.  

Proposals can contain provisions for faculty summer salary, student help, software, limited travel and supplies. Total budgets cannot exceed $6,500 and must conform to the rules of the proposer's department, school, and university. Fringe benefits must be included for all faculty salaries, where required by department, but there is no overhead. Purchases of equipment and computers are discouraged, unless strongly motivated by an innovative proposal idea.  It is the responsibility of the proposer to check with the appropriate entities to make sure that all their budget items meet the various criteria before submitting the budget. Failure to do so may result in payments not being approved or reimbursements being denied. UCITE's approval is based on the project, and does not imply that the items conform to all university rules.

One page of the proposal should be a brief biographical sketch of the applicant that describes your teaching and research achievements and explains why you feel this is the appropriate time in your career as a professional educator to receive grant funding.

The proposal, including contact information, budget, and curriculum vita should be submitted to, by June 15, 2018.

Proposal possibilities include:

  • developing new teaching methods,
  • using new technologies for teaching,
  • creating new courses,
  • innovating existing courses.

The director will work with a committee to review proposals and select five winners. Awardees are announced at  the end of spring semester.

Glennan Fellows complete projects during the academic year after the award. They are expected to give a brief talk on their project at a special symposium, usually held during reading days at the end of spring semester. Glennan Fellows are also expected to be available on campus so they can meet monthly during the year of their award.

Previous Glennan Fellows

Year Investigator Department Proposal Title
16-17 Erin Benay Art History

The Global Renaissance

16-17 Soumyajit Mandal Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Unlocking the Black Box: An Experiential Approach to Understanding Modern Integrated circuits

16-17 Cassi Pittman Sociology

A Course Contextualizing the African-American Experience in Cleveland

16-17 Maggie Vinter English Developing a Multimodal Approach to Teaching Shakespeare
Year Investigator Department Proposal Title
15-16 Umut Gurkan Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Teaching Critical Reading and Writing in Emerging Science and Technology Fields

15-16 Michael Hinczewski Physics

A New Undergraduate Biophysics Course Using Interdesciplinary Learning

15-16 Emily Pentzer Chemistry

Illuminating Organic Chemistry: Preparation and Implementtion of a Lightboard

15-16 Abdus Sattar Biostatistics and Epidemiology Developing an Online Course of Categorical Data Analysis
15-16 Nicole Seiberlich Biomedical Engineering

The Picture of Health: The Science, Engineering, and Ethics of Medical Imaging

Year Investigator Department Proposal Title
14-15 Rohan Akolkar Chemical Engineering

Experiential Learning Applied To Chemical Engineering Education

14-15 John Duncan Mathematics

Opening the Door to Research in Mathematics

14-15 Gregory Jonas Accountancy An Interactive Instructional Case Study for MBA Accounting Core Courses
14-15 Amy Przeworski Psychological Sciences An Experiential Learning Approach Integrating Gaming and Psychotherapy
14-15 Matthew Willard Materials Science and Engineering

Transitioning Ideas to Reality:  Discovering Application of Materials Science

Year Investigator Department Proposal Title
13-14 Matthew Garrett Music Sociology of Music Education
13-14 Noelle Giuffrida Armhold Art History Daoism: Visual Culture, Literature and Practice
13-14 Aaron Goldenberg Bioethics Integrating Genetics and Ethics through Innovative Curriculum: The Development of a Joint Degree between Bioethics and the Genetic Counseling Program
13-14 Anna Cristina Samia Chemistry Teaching Analytical Chemistry on the Nanometer Scale
13-14 Blanton Tolbert Chemistry Enhancing the Chemical Biology Curriculum at CWRU: A Journey into the RNA World
Year Investigator Department Proposal Title
12-13 Philip Feng Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Sensing in the New Dimensions – Seeing and Feeling Expanded via Engineering Nanostructures
12-13 Kenny Fountain English Visualizations of Science and Medicine
12-13 Elina Gertsman Art History The Global Middle Ages
12-13 Michael Pollino Civil Engineering Experimental modules for experiential structural engineering education
12-13 Satya Sahoo Medical Informatics Collaborating for Better Health: A multidisciplinary, project-based course in Health Information Technology
Year Investigator Department Proposal Title
11-12 Rob Ewing Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics The Computational Proteomics Learning Environment
11-12 Cassandra Robertson Law Developing Open-Source Casefile-Based Teaching Modules
11-12 Genevieve Sauve Chemistry Teaching Solar Energy Conversion
11-12 Jeffrey Ullom Theater Development and Implementation of Dramaturgy Curriculum and Practice
11-12 Yanming Wang Radiology Curriculum of a Radiopharmaceutical Laboratory Class
Year Investigator Department Proposal Title
10-11 Eben Alsberg Biomedical Engineering Course Enrichment Development: Hands-on Experience in Tissue Engineering
10-11 Francesca Brittan Music Music and the History of Science
10-11 Xuan Gao Physics Virtual Laboratory in Modern Physics: an Interactive Learning Experience
10-11 LaShanda Korley Macromolecular Science Polymers Go Green: Green Chemistry & Engineering Pathway for Expanding the Undergraduate (and Graduate) Laboratory Experience
10-11 Peter Thomas Mathematics Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Course Module: Monte Carlo Simulation of Cellular Microphysiology
Year Investigator Department Proposal Title
09-10 Mehmet Koyoturk Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Learning Bioinformatics Together: Development of Active Learning Strategies to Face the Challenges of Interdisciplinary Education
09-10 Nicola Lacatera Economics Industrial Organization and the Economic Analysis of Business Strategies
09-10 Mohan Sankaran Chemical Engineering Chem-E-Car experience as an educational tool for undergraduate chemical engineers
09-10 Daniel Tisch Epidemiology and Biostatistics International Joint Course in Global Health: Shared Learning Across Cultures, Disciplines, and Institutions
09-10 Horst von Recum Biomedical Engineering An Undergraduate Course Sequence in Drug Delivery
Year Investigator Department Proposal Title
08-09 Darin Croft Anatomy Exploring the Mammalian Family Tree
08-09 Lisa Huisman Koops Music Music in Early Childhood
08-09 Kelly McMann Political Science Hands-on Research Methods for Undergraduates
08-09 Leena Palomo Periodontics Periodontal Diagnosis, Treatment Planning, and Outcome Assessment : A Video Game
08-09 Gregory Tochtrop Chemistry Development of a Chemical Biology Curriculum at CWRU
Year Investigator Department Proposal Title
07-08 Brian Gran Sociology Law and the Public-Private Dichotomy: Order out of Chaos or Chaos out of Order?
07-08 Jessie Hill Law Experiential Learning in the Traditional Law School Classroom
07-08 Melissa Knothe-Tate Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering A Web-Based 'CourseSource' Debut - Nature and Evolution: the Master Engineer and Her Most Robust Testbed
07-08 Jennifer Liang Biology Building an Educational Website: Zebrafish in the Classroom
07-08 Amy Zhang Nursing Online Statistic Course for Doctoral Nursing Students
Year Investigator Department Proposal Title
06-07 Kimberly Emmons English Rhetorics of Health and Illness
06-07 Mark Griswold Radiology Merging Interdisciplinary Concepts to Design and Build a Desktop MRI System
06-07 Heidi Martin Chemical Engineering ENTER:  Engineering of Tomorrow - Experience Research
06-07 T. J. McCallum Psychology Experiential & Service Learning: Striking the Balance Through Paired Cognitive Augmentation
06-07 Marty Pagel Biomedical Engineering Development of the Undergraduate Laboratory Curriculum within the Case Center for Imaging Research
Year Investigator Department Proposal Title
05-06 Heath Demaree Psychology Building an Undergraduate Psychophysiology Laboratory: Experiential Learning in PSCL 352 and as a SAGES Capstone Experience
05-06 Juan Palomo Dentistry Cone Beam Computerized Tomography
05-06 Sandy Piderit Organizational Behavior Exploring the Impact of Outside-class Activities on the Development of Managerial Skills
05-06 Mari Rege Economics Public Policy Case Competition
05-06 Jie Shan* Physics Laboratory Experience in Physics Undergraduate Education
Year Investigator Department Proposal Title
04-05 Donald Anthony Department of Medicine Enhancement of Learning Resources in the Rheumatic Disease Section of Medical School Musculoskeletal Integument (MSI) Committee
04-05 Jerry Floersch MSASS Internet Library of Practice and Research Concepts
04-05 Ramani Pilla* Statistics Understanding Biological Complexity via Modern Statistical Methods
04-05 Andrew Rollins Biomedical Engineering Translational Research for Biomedical Engineers
04-05 Jerrold Scott Theater Redevelopment and Expansion of Directing Curriculum for an Interdisciplinary Approach
Year Investigator Department Proposal Title
03-04 Clemens Burda Chemistry Bringing the Nano-Revolution into the Classroom
03-04 Lisa Damato Nursing Web-Based Neonatal Assessment Course
03-04 Karen Potter Dance Expanding the "Dance in Culture" Sequence
03-04 Youngjin Yoo Information Systems Designing Knowledge Environments and Products: A New Approach to Management Education
03-04 Eric Youngstrom Psychology Experiential Learning of Social Science Research Methods: Server Software, Web Galleries and Radishes!
Year Investigator Department Proposal Title
02-03 Jutta Ittner Modern Languages and Literatures Paris/Berlin: A Comprehensive Study of Urban Culture
02-03 Mary Davis Music Roots to Rock: Popular Music in American Culture
02-03 Cenk Sahinalp Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Genetics Bioinformatics Education at CWRU
02-03 Renee Sentilles History Advanced Topics in American Women's History
02-03 Chandy John Pediatrics and Medicine A Handbook of Tropical Pediatrics
Year Investigator Department Proposal Title
01-02 Nga Wing (Irene) Lee Chemistry A Proposal to Integrate Research Methodologies into Sophomore Chemistry Lab to Enhance Student Learning
01-02 Guo-Qiang Zhang Electrical Engineering and Applied Science An Integrated Learning Environment Using Standard Meta-Language (SML)
01-02 Jerome Benveniste* Mathematics Topics in the History of Mathematics
01-02 Peter Yang Modern Languages and Literatures Proposal for the Development of Web-based Language Learning Modules for Intermediate German
01-02 Chris Winkleman Nursing Prescribing Technology for Pharmacology and therapeutics
Year Investigator Department Proposal Title
00-01 Susan Hinze Sociology From the Internet to Fetal Surgery: Social Change and Gendered Technologies
00-01 Sharona Hoffman Law Introducing Technology into the Law Classroom
00-01 Carol Musil Nursing Making the State of Science the State of the Art
00-01 Catherine Scallen Art History Art History 102 - Michelangelo to Mapplethorpe
00-01 Robert Slonim Economics Integrating Experimental Modules into the Microeconomics Curriculum
Year Investigator Department Proposal Title
99-00 Kevin Gardner Civil Engineering Interdisciplinary Course on Solving Complex Environmental Problems
99-00 J. Christopher Mihos Astronomy Exploring the Dynamical Universe
99-00 M. Cather Simpson Chemistry Renovation of Freshman Chemistry at CWRU
99-00 Rhonda Williams History The City as Classroom: A Critical Historical Pedagogy
99-00 John Witte Epidemiology and Biostatistics SimEpi: Interactive Research Design and Analysis in Epidemiology
Year Investigator Department Proposal Title
98-99 Joan Carletta Computer Engineering and Science Creating a real-world system design experience in computer engineering for undergraduates
98-99 Margaret Mary Daley Modern Languages and Literatures Cannon Fodder on Our Shelves: The German Literary Canon, Its Expendable Writers, and Our Gendered Libraries
98-99 Vanessa Druskat Organizational Behavior Norms and Processes that Support Learning and Effectiveness in Student Work Teams: Using Student Experience to Improve Course Design
98-99 Alison Hall Neurosciences Scientists as teachers
98-99 David Matthiesen Material Science and Engineering The Application of Computer Based Whiteboard Technology for Classroom Teaching
Year Investigator Department Proposal Title
97-98 Russ Borski Theater Arts Creating Visual Text in a Postmodern Theater
97-98 Robert Dunn Music Introduction to Music: The Listening Experience I
97-98 Steven Hudson Macromolecular Science Development of a Self-directed Laboratory Course in Polymer Science and Engineering
97-98 David Miller MSASS Redesign of Discrimination and Inequality: "Can't We All Just Get Along?"
97-98 Jonathan Sadowski History New Pedagogy for History of Medicine Course
Year Investigator Department Proposal Title
96-97 David Dean Anatomy Human Embryology Course Development
96-97 Daniel Flannery Psychiatry and Psychology Program on Violence: Prevention, Intervention and Social Policy
96-97 Catherine Kelly History Making Sense of Consumer Culture at CWRU and Beyond
96-97 Phillip Morrison Chemical Engineering Hypertext Class Notes as an Aid to Teaching Engineering Course
96-97 John Protasiewicz Chemistry Innovative Uses of the World Web and CWRUnet in Chemical Education
Year Investigator Department Proposal Title
95-96 Steven Haynesworth Biology Analytical and Critical Thinking in an Undergraduate Cell Biology Laboratory
95-96 Sally Hodder Medicine Behavioral Intervention to Improve Medical Student-Patient Interactions
95-96 Michael Huff Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics Notes for New Courses in Microelectromechanical Systems mechanical Systems
95-96 Kenneth Ledford History New Course in History of the Professions
95-96 Vassilis Panoskaltsis Civil Engineering Innovations in Key Undergraduate and Graduate Courses in Civil Engineering