Jesse Fine Fellowship
Supporting the development and revision of courses in all disciplines to include practical ethics
Application Deadline: February 28, 2016
Selections Announced: March 25, 2016
Direct Questions to: email@example.com, 812-855-0261
The Jesse Fine Fellowship supports the development of new and revised courses that address practical and professional ethics in curriculum across the University. The Fellowship is made possible by a gift from Dorothy Fine to honor the memory of her husband, IU graduate Jesse Fine.
- Courses in all fields and schools are eligible, with a special emphasis on courses from outside the departments of Philosophy and Religious Studies.
- Successful proposals may involve designing a new course that includes ethical questions as a significant organizing theme, or proposing a substantive revision to an existing course in order to include more ethics or improve its treatment of ethics.
- The course must be approved to be offered by the applicant’s home department or school before the end of 2018.
- Faculty at all levels as well as graduate students who teach may apply.
Applications will be reviewed in a competitive process. Up to four recipients may be chosen.
Each recipient receives two installment payments of $1250 each, one receivable upon acceptance of the Fellowship, and the second after the course has been taught, as confirmed by a letter from the department chair. The details of funding administration will vary depending on the recipient's status as faculty or graduate student (questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org).*
In addition to receiving the funding, all recipients are expected to participate in a Fine Fellows luncheon to be scheduled in May 2016 or thereafter, to share information about your course with other Fellows, and to acknowledge the Fellowship support on your course syllabus.
Optional: Recipients who successfully submit a session on their course to the Annual Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics in 2017 or 2018 will have their registration fee covered by the Poynter Center. APPE is an international, interdisciplinary professional association. Their meeting accepts submissions in a wide variety of areas, including pedagogy. Learn more at: http://appe.indiana.edu/.
- Cover Letter indicating (a) your commitment to fulfill the requirements of the Fellowship, (b) your contact information, and (c) confirmation of the support of your Department Chair or Director, including the latter’s name and contact information.
- A current CV.
- If this is a revision to an existing course, please provide the syllabus of the current course.
- An essay of 2-3 pages.
- Begin with the title of your course, your department and school, a one-paragraph description of the course, and an initial sketch of class objectives.
- What are the basic or organizing ethical questions that you will examine in the class?
- Where will your course be situated within your curriculum? When will it first be offered? If it will be a permanent course in the curriculum, address how you will work with your deparment and colleagues to situate it. If this a revision to an existing course, describe the extent and nature of the revisions.
- What are your teaching philosophy and methods?
- What a few initial thoughts about readings and materials you might use?
- A letter of support from your Department Chair, sent independently of your application to Emma Young with your name in the subject heading. It should confirm the Department’s intention to offer the course if you are awarded the Fellowship.
- Please submit your application as a single PDF document with each element clearly identified (cover letter, CV, syllabus of existing course if applicable, and essay) and all pages numbered via email attachment.
- Read about previous recipients under "Previous Jesse Fine Fellows" in the side-nav.
About Jesse Fine
Jesse David Fine was born July 20, 1907 in Evansville, Indiana. Fine graduated from Central High School in Evansville and attended Evansville College (now University of Evansville) from 1923-25. He received an AB degree from Indiana University in 1928 and received his law degree in 1930 from the Indiana University School of Law.
Fine practiced law in Evansville from 1930 to 1936. Fine and his two brothers owned Premier Theaters in Evansville, which at one time included nine theaters. By the late 1950s and early 1960s the brothers had sold or closed a number of the theaters, selling the last theaters around 1966.
In 1953 the Fine brothers started WFIE television station in Evansville. They sold the station in 1956. They opened and later sold other stations in St. Joseph and Jefferson City, Missouri.
Fine married Dorothy Seegal in 1958 in Sarasota, Florida. Dorothy and Jesse retired to Florida in 1966. Once he arrived, Fine partnered with two other broadcasters and established a new radio station in Ft. Lauderdale, which was later sold. Fine played golf and did community and charitable work. He wrote the IU Alumni Association in 1978 that he and Dorothy traveled “quite a bit.”
Fine died Nov. 11, 1985 in Hollywood, Florida. Once Dorothy Fine became involved with Indiana University, she wanted to create a fellowship in practical and professional ethics in her husband’s name. She died in 2010. This fellowship is the result of her generosity.
*Dorothy Fine endowed these funds to support the development of top-quality ethics instruction at all levels and to make IU a place that nurtures ethics across the curriculum. To honor this donor intent, applications are accepted from all persons who teach courses at IU. In keeping with current IU policy, monies must be administered differently based on rank. Faculty recipients are awarded Fellowship funds, while graduate student recipients are awarded RA positions purposed to develop their course. All recipients are acknowledged as Jesse Fine Fellows for the year of application.