Faculty Mellon Initiatives
Mellon-Funded Faculty Development Initiatives
Enhancing Scholarship and Teaching in a Liberal Arts Setting
With generous support from the Mellon Foundation, in the next two years faculty at Colorado College will engage in several new projects that promote productive scholarship and effective teaching. Our goal is to create conditions in which faculty can present their work, interact with and receive feedback from others, and experiment with scholarly and teaching ideas that are easily back-burnered when there are limited opportunities for reflection, implementation, peer review and support. We aim to facilitate not only progress toward the completion of projects, but also spaces for discovering how best to do so given the distinctive attributes of liberal arts communities. In 2012-13, the first year of allocating funds, the Dean’s Office and the Crown Faculty Center will request proposals for each type of initiative described below.
1) SWARGS (Scholarly Writing and Research Groups)
Groups might do:
- weekly meetings over lunch or refreshments in which group members set goals and report on how their work is progressing
- meetings or conversations through which group members read each other’s work and exchange feedback
- gatherings at which faculty share the progress, results and outcomes of faculty/student research projects
- participation in field-testing on-line writing and research support groups
SWARGS – SUMMER 2013
Vicki Levine, Tamara Bentley, Marion Hourdequin
Maroula Khraiche, Daniel Arroyo-Rodriguez, Carrie Ruiz
Rebecca Tucker, Eve Grace
Sanjaya Thakur, Vibha Kapuria- Foreman, Joan Ericson
Andreea Marinescu, Jared Richman, Corinne Scheiner
Corina McKendry, Amy Dounay
Phoebe Lostroh, David Brown, Tricia Waters
Jane McDougall, Marcia Dobson, Stefan Erickson
Ryan Banagale, Anne Hyde, Laura Padilla
Jane Hilberry, Kathy Giuffre, Steve Hayward, Jessy Randall
Reading and Responding to Work
Claire Garcia: Women of Color Literary Scholars-Pikes Peak Region
Sarah Schwarz, Jane Murphy
Book Proposal Group
We are combining SWARGS, with another bit of structure that many faculty thought would be helpful, which are dedicated working mornings each month. These mornings, where people can gather, chat a little, have some coffee, fruit and muffins, and then get to serious quiet work, we call SWARMS. (Scholarly Writing and Research Mornings). No rules, except that you can’t grade papers or talk loudly on cell phones or ??? . . . We’re experimenting with days and locations this summer, hence the appropriateness of the name of the moving working group - SWARM. Tuesday, June 4 and Wednesday June 5 in Cossitt Commons, 8:30 am - 12 each morning. Then July 1 and 2 in Olin Fishbowl, and August 1 and 2, maybe in the Learning Commons. We’ll remind you about time and place of these as they get closer.
2) EXCELLENCE IN SCHOLARSHIP: Manuscript Workshops and Development
For faculty members who have a book project, major dissertation revision, or nearly completed manuscript to make significant progress on their project and/or complete the manuscript. Recipients may use the support (from $2000-$4000) in several ways:
Scholars may fly in three experts in their fields (one of whom may be a publisher) and spend two days working on the manuscript.
- Scholars may spend two to three days meeting with an expert(s) whose suggestions, critique or skills will likely facilitate the progress or completion of the manuscript.
Funding has been awarded to:
- Sarah Hautzinger, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Sarah and her co-author Professor Jean Scandlyn, are inviting a trio of experts to work on their book manuscript for Left Coast Press, “Beyond PTSD” this summer.
- Ryan Banagale, Assistant Professor of Music
Ryan and four musicologists will be working on his book manuscript “Arranging Gershwin” this summer, under contract for Oxford University Press.
- Andrea Righi, Assistant Professor of Italian
Andrea and his trio of experts will be revising his manuscript tentatively titled “The Archaic Soul of Modernity. The Recrudescence of the Past in Giovanni Papini, the Strapaese Movement and Carlo Levi” in the fall.
- Jane Hilberry, Professor of English
Jane and her experts, two poets and an editor, will be working on choosing and sequencing poems for a book manuscript of poetry later this summer or fall.
3) INNOVATION IN TEACHING: Blended Learning and Flipped Classrooms, Spring 2013, Summer 2013
Scholarships will support individuals or groups of faculty interested in learning how to employ and integrate technological resources to revise pedagogy and course work, design new courses, or pilot new software and applications.
Funding has been awarded to:
Amy Dounay, Assistant Professor in Chemistry
- Manya Whitaker, Assistant Professor in Education
4) EXCELLENCE IN BLOCK-PLAN TEACHING: Summer Faculty Workshop for New and Experienced Faculty
In early August 2013, two groups of faculty will meet to share ideas, best practices in teaching and learning, and to workshop syllabi. In place of a day of orientation during NSO week, new faculty, including one-year visitors, will participate in an intensive three-day workshop. They will be joined for two days by a group of more experienced faculty who are teaching courses that address a central part of All-College general education requirements.
The Crown Center and Dean’s Office will recruit and take applications from CC faculty in spring 2013 with attention to divisional and inter-disciplinary representation. New faculty will be informed of the workshop by early summer.
- Faculty will receive a stipend of $500 to support their preparation for and participation in the workshop.
5) SUMMER RESEARCH WITH STUDENTS.
Up to four faculty members will receive a summer stipend of $500 to support their work with students. Activities may include lab work or teaching students skills that will benefit a faculty members’ research, the students’ research, or the general needs and goals of the department. Stipends may be used to support students’ work.