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CBD Course Development and Augmentation


CBD offers faculty funding to support the development of new interdisciplinary courses that address the program's major themes of culture, mind/brain, and human growth and development.

The goal of the CBD Program is to examine a wide range of approaches to the relationships that exist among the studies of culture, mind/brain, and body/human growth and development. Through its courses, CBD aims to bring together literatures and methodologies from all of Hampshire's five schools. The steering committee is particularly interested in courses that bring perspectives from the humanities/arts/cultural studies or critical social inquiry together with those from the cognitive or natural sciences. Visit our course page for more information on past and current CBD courses.

Developing a New CBD Course:

A CBD course is usually (but not necessarily) co-taught by faculty from different schools. It examines a question or issue related to the study of culture, mind/brain, or human development (at least two of the three), and incorporates perspectives from several different disciplines. New course development funds are available for spring 2018 courses only.

Augmenting a Pre-Existing Course for CBD:

Individual faculty who plan to teach a course that explores an aspect of culture, mind/brain, or human development may propose ways of augmenting the course to incorporate CBD themes and multiple disciplinary perspectives. Funding to augment existing courses to incorporate CBD themes is available for either fall 2018 or spring 2019 courses.


  • for a course on human biology, a faculty member could propose to incorporate a perspective exploring the ways that culture interacts with and influences biological processes
  • for course on ethnomusicology, a faculty member could propose to include perspectives from the cognitive psychology or neuroscience of music processing.

It is expected (but not required) that courses would be augmented through inviting other faculty into the class to guest teach, and by incorporating new readings and class materials.

Any Hampshire College faculty on a long-term (at least three years) contract can apply. Individual faculty or faculty working together should submit a proposal outlining ideas for either a new course or the modification of an existing one. For the current funding cycle, proposed courses must be taught no later than spring 2019. Applications must include:

A Project Description

Address the following in two pages:

  • The intellectual focus of the course, when, and at what level it will be taught (100, 200, 300)
  • How the course will engage with at least two of the three areas of the study of culture, mind/brain, and human development
  • Relation to the goals of the CBD program
  • A description of the methodologies, theories, and literatures that will be introduced
  • The background, disciplinary focus, and objectives each faculty member will bring to the course
  • Information on any guest speakers/lecturers who will be invited to participate (indicate if they already have been invited/have agreed to participate)
  • An outline of preparatory work that must be done and a timetable for course development

Budget with Justification for Expenses

Non-stipend expenses may not exceed $1,000; allowable budget items include:

  • A stipend of up to $1,000 per course for new course development*
  • A stipend of up to $500 per faculty member for course augmentation*
  • Expenses for guest speakers from outside the College (honoraria and travel costs)
  • Course materials
  • Student assistance (TAs or research assistants)
  • Field trip costs

*If more than one faculty member is involved, the stipend must be split.

Please submit your application to via email. Proposals are due Thursday, AUGUST 31, 2018.

Review Process

The CBD steering committee (Jane Couperus, Cynthia Gill, Laura Sizer, Lise Sanders and Pamela Stone) will review proposals according to the above guidelines. Preference will be given to those proposing courses that could be taught again in the future; balance and focus within the CBD program will also be considered.

If you have questions, or to discuss whether your proposed course meets the CBD guidelines, please contact CBD program director Pamela Stone.

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