The Curriculum Transformation Project (1989-2010)

The Curriculum Transformation Project at the University of Maryland College Park (1989-2010) was designed to assist faculty members from disciplines across campus and throughout Maryland’s public university system to integrate scholarship on women, gender, and other forms of diversity into their courses, and to develop inclusive pedagogies that acknowledge “difference” as a resource in the classroom. The Project’s central undertaking was its faculty summer institutes, which brought faculty together from a wide range of departments to discuss issues of race, gender, class, sexuality, disability, and religion and to consider how best to incorporate them into specific classes. In its final years, the Project focused on “Visual Literacy and Diversity.”

From the mid-nineties on, the Curriculum Transformation Project also emphasized the importance of incorporating international perspectives into work in women’s and gender studies across the disciplines. This work was supported by a series of grants from The Ford Foundation, enabling exchanges of ideas and scholarship, and collaborative curriculum development, not only within Maryland but among women’s studies programs and faculty in eight institutions around the world: Bar Illan University (Israel), Central European University (Hungary), the University of the West Indies (Jamaica and Trinidad/Tobago), Makerere University (Uganda), University of the Western Cape (South Africa), Ewha University (Korea), and Beijing University (as well as other universities; China).

The Project was originally housed in the Office of the President of the University of Maryland, eventually becoming a unit of the Department of Women’s Studies.

From 1990-2010 Deborah Rosenfelt, Professor, Women’s Studies was the Director of the Curriculum Transformation Project.