Call for Proposals

The Ione and Wayne Bennion Teachers' Seminar for the Perpetuation of Democratic Principles


Theme Consultation: December 16, 2022
Final Proposal: January 17, 2023

The Ione and Wayne Bennion Teachers’ Seminar for the Perpetuation of Democratic Principles is a program made possible by an endowment to Utah State University’s Mountain West Center for Regional Studies. The endowment was created by Ione Bennion, a teacher and community activist. Ione's vision was to “provide an atmosphere and the educational resources to explore the concepts upon which democracy is built, the conditions under which it flourishes, and the dangers to its existence.” Taught by Utah State University faculty and guest speakers who represent the latest scholarship in the topics presented, the workshops focus on giving inservice and pre-inservice teachers practical tools that they can use in the classroom.

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The Mountain West Center for Regional Studies at USU is seeking proposals for the 2024 Bennion Teachers' Workshop. This week-long summer workshop allows K-12 teachers and pre-teachers to enroll in a course that examines "democratic principles” (defined broadly) and pedagogy. Many humanities and social science topics may qualify. Proposals with a global perspective and pedagogical innovative approach to teaching democracy are encouraged.


Directed by individual USU faculty or faculty teams, this workshop offers unique opportunities to connect teachers to nationally and internationally-recognized visiting scholars, speakers, and activists.  Successful proposals should include hands-on experiences, lesson plans, and interaction among students and faculty.


The five-day workshop is held in June.


The workshop is a great opportunity for CHaSS community engagement and leadership. The Director position is a paid position that can also provide P&T documentation.


The workshop is held on the Utah State University campus in Logan, and is attended by in-service K-12, post-secondary, and pre-service teachers from throughout Utah and the Intermountain West. Participants enroll for academic credit or contuining education units.


Individuals interested in submitting a proposal should schedule a consultation with the Bennion Faculty Fellow ( to discuss ideas before preparing the proposal. After meeting, faculty applying for funding will write a proposal narrative and budget.

Sample of Possible Topics

  • Sociology of Immigrant and Refugee Experiences
  • A Democratic Approach to Medicine and Health
  • Communication in Politics
  • Teaching Cultures through Second Language Learning
  • History of Native American Rights
  • Philosophical Origins of Democracy
  • Women in Politics
  • Leadership, Military History, and Democracies
  • The Folklore of Dissent
  • The Rhetoric of the 2020 Presidential Election
  • Archeological Approaches to Environmental Issues
  • LGBTQ+ Literature
  • The Rise of Social Media
  • The Challenges of Journalism in a “Post-Truth” Era
  • OR any creative approach to interpreting “democratic principles”

Sample of Recent Topics

  • Religious Literacy and Democracy (2022)
  • Race & Resiliency in Pedagogy (2021)
  • Women’s Suffrage (2019)
  • Revolutionary Propaganda (2018)
  • The Literature of the Civil Rights Movement (2017)
  • Democracy and Capitalism (2016)
  • Understanding Democracy in Asia (2015)
  • Journalism as a Tool for Education (2014)
  • Civil Discourse and Democratic Decision-Making (2013)
  • Place Writing as a Tool for Change (2012)

More Information

Additional detailed information is available in the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies - Call for Proposals for the Ione Bennion Teachers' Workshop document.


For information or assistance, please email the Mountain West Center at