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Faculty and Staff Development Opportunities

The Institute offers opportunities for faculty and staff from across the disciplines to connect under a shared mission of transforming and integrating the paradigms and pedagogies of liberal arts and the professions. Faculty andstaff can make these connections through:

  • participating in reading groups, 
  • participating in lectures, seminars and events, 
  • applying for upcoming teaching and research fellowships,
  • attending professional development opportunities, and more.

New CFP: Curriculum Development Grants

The Office of the President is sponsoring a lecture series this spring featuring eminent Black voices. To encourage students to engage with these events, faculty members who integrate the work and ideas of these speakers into spring 2022 courses may apply for curriculum development grants from the Kingfisher Institute. 

Up to 10 grants of $500-$1000 each are available, depending on the number of applications received and the scope and projected outcomes of the integration. 

Speakers: Edwidge Danticat, Dr. Damon Tweedy, Colson Whitehead, Isabel Wilkerson 

To apply:

  1. Submit a proposal explaining how you will meaningfully integrate the work and ideas of one or more of these authors into your course. Deadline EXTENDED: Nov. 8, 2021 
  2. We will respond to proposals by Nov. 22, 2021. Depending on the number of proposals received, you may receive feedback on your proposal with an opportunity to resubmit. 
  3. Each successful submission will earn a grant of $500-$1000 from the Kingfisher Institute. Amounts will depend on the number of successful proposals and the quality and projected outcomes of the integration. 
  4. Submit a brief final report to Final report deadline: May 31, 2022.

Fall 2021 Reading Groups

Open to faculty, staff and students of Creighton University. Limited book scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Everything Inside: Stories, by Edwidge Danticat
Reinert Alumni Library: Kingfisher Room (2nd floor) or via Zoom
2-3 p.m. CDT, Friday, Sept. 24
2-3 p.m. CDT, Friday, Oct. 22

Facilitated by Surbhi Malik, PhD, assistant professor of English.
Danticat will be speaking on campus and via livestream in February 2022 as part of the Presidential Lecture Series.

What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance and Hope in an American City, by Mona Hanna-Attisha
Harper Center Room 2058 or via Zoom
3:30-4:30 p.m. CDT, Thursday, Sept. 30
3:30-4:30 p.m. CDT, Thursday, Oct. 28

Facilitated by Dhitinut (DT) Ratnapradipa, PhD, professor and director of the Master of Public Health program, and Helen Chapple, PhD, RN, MA, MSN, Master of Bioethics faculty

Curriculum Development Grants

The Kingfisher Institute and Magis Core Curriculum regularly partner to offer course development grants. Creighton faculty who have an idea for revising a course in line with Institute themes may send an email to

2021-2022 Grant recipients

Congratulations and kudos to the recipients of Magis Core/Kingfisher Institute Antiracism Course Development Grants: 

  • Britta McEwen, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of History
  • Margo Minnich, DNP, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
  • David Reed, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Science, Design & Journalism

Each recipient will add or strengthen components of antiracism in a Magis Core Curriculum course in the coming academic year, 2021-2022.