Call for Proposals

The 2025 Ione Bennion Teachers' Workshop for the Perpetuation of Democratic Principles

Interested in sharing your research expertise with educators throughout the Mountain West? Have a great idea for innovative teaching methods and topics in Utah? Consider submitting a Bennion Teachers’ Workshop pre-proposal!

Deadlines - Application Process

  1. Meet with the Bennion Faculty Fellow, Julia Gossard, to discuss ideas any time before November 21, 2023.
  2. Submit a pre-proposal idea via a short form any time before November 24, 2023.
  3. Invitations for facilitated full proposals will be sent by the end of the fall semester.
  4. Work with the Bennion Faculty Fellow to develop a facilitated full proposal due March 1, 2024.
  5. Final decisions mid-April 2024 following the Bennion Board’s review of facilitated full proposals.

 

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Each year, the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies at USU hosts the Bennion Teachers’ Workshop for the Perpetuation of Democratic Principles. For five days in June this master class, developed and taught by USU faculty, connects K-12 in-service and pre-service teachers, K-12 administrators, post-secondary instructors, and renowned experts in fields relating to democratic principles. Thanks to a generous endowment from Ione Bennion, a teacher and community activist, the workshop “provides 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.” USU faculty (or faculty teams) interpret this mission broadly, focusing on timely, interdisciplinary, and global topics that explore democratic principles across a variety of humanities and social science backgrounds. Faculty are paid (via summer months) for their role as the Bennion Lead Teacher & Scholar

High in content, workshops provide participants with a solid background in the yearly theme as well as knowledgeable guidance in the development of appropriate lesson plans for use in their classrooms. Each master class contains a public keynote address, other prominent visiting (physically or online) speakers/scholars/activists/practitioners for a variety of hands-on experiences, building of lesson plans and assessments, and ample time for discussion and interaction among participants and faculty.

Faculty are encouraged to be as creative as possible in thinking of relevant themes for the 2025 workshop. A range of past topices and possible future topics are listed to help you envision your scholarship as a Bennion Workshop.

Sample of Possible Topics

  • Native American sovereignty
  • the Electoral College
  • U.S. voting practices
  • cultural heritage
  • communities and public lands
  • stewardship of natural resources
  • medicine and health
  • understanding diverse perspectives of the American experience
  • LGBTQ+ topics
  • the rise of social media
  • issues pertaining to generative-AI, democracy, and the classroom
  • OR any creative approach to interpreting “democratic principles”

Sample of Recent Topics

  • Athenian Democracy and its Legacy (2023)
  • 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)
For information or assistance, please email the Mountain West Center at mwc@usu.edu.