Faculty Mellon Initiatives
Mellon-Funded Faculty Development Initiatives
Enhancing Scholarship and Teaching in a Liberal Arts Setting
Dear CC Faculty: November 2013
I am writing with details about the Faculty Mellon Initiatives to enhance scholarship and teaching at CC. We have piloted a number of programs to assist faculty at various stages of their careers to promote productive scholarship and effective teaching. Our goal is to create settings in which faculty can present their work, interact with and receive feedback from others, and experiment with scholarly and teaching ideas that are too easily back-burnered. 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 our Block Plan. Some things worked last year and others didn’t!
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1) SCHOLARLY WRITING AND RESEARCH GROUPS (SWARGS)
The application process for the 2013-14 year is now open.
Last semester there were approximately 35 faculty members participating in ten accountability and/or writing and research exchange groups.
Proposals can be for a group of 3-5 faculty members or as an individual asking to be assigned to a group. The group will decide how and when they want to meet. Each group will be given a funds for meals, snacks, etc. for meetings.
Groups might be formed for the following purposes:
- Accountability Groups: Most groups would report very briefly to each other via e-mail, perhaps weekly, and then decide if and how often they want to meet in person: weekly, once a block, twice each semester to set goals. Funds would pay for lunches or meeting refreshments.
- Writing and Research Exchange Groups: Those with with similar interests or research goals would have meetings at which group members read each other’s work and exchange feedback. (Examples: people writing grant proposals or book proposals, or people who are turning conference papers into articles, or with interests in similar disciplines.) Funds would pay for lunches or meeting refreshments, copying papers, etc.
The Crown Website has a place to apply on line, http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/facultydevelopment/mellon-initiatives/mellon-initiative-application-form.dot or you can e-mail Anne Hyde email@example.com. Please describe the group (recommended group size 3-5 members), the rationale for the group’s composition including the nature of the projects that will be undertaken, the group’s primary goals and objectives, a timetable indicating frequency and dates of meetings and their purpose, and the group’s expected accomplishments by the end of the academic year or summer.
- Each group is expected to submit a written report about progress made on projects and the impact of collaboration.
- Faculty who participate in these collaborative groups, and then present at professional meetings, or who submit articles to appropriate journals in 2013-14 will receive a $200 stipend.
2) SWARMS (SCHOLARLY WRITING AND RESEARCH MORNINGS
At the suggestion of a faculty working group, the Crown Center staffs and provides coffee, light breakfast, and quiet time in the Cossitt Commons or Learning Commons Living Room for the first two mornings of each block. Breakfast, coffee, chatting, goal setting from 8:30 to 9, then heads down and quiet work on scholarly projects in our own café-like setting from 9-12. Bring whatever you need to get some work done in that setting: a laptop, a book, articles you’re reading, a pile of data to crunch. No reservations needed. The dates and location for the rest of the year:
Block 4 - Nov. 25 & 26 9:00 – 12:00 (Cossitt Commons)
Block 5 - Jan. 20 & 21 9:00 - 12:00 (Learning Commons Living Room)
Block 6 - Feb. 17 & 18 9:00 – 12:00 (Cossitt Commons)
Block 7 - Mar. 24 & 25 9:00 -12:00 (Learning Commons Living Room)
Block 8 - Apr 21 & 22 9:00 – 12:00 (Cossitt Commons)
3) EXCELLENCE IN SCHOLARSHIP: Manuscript Workshops
Having three of the four manuscript workshops completed from last year’s proposals, I am comfortable in saying they have been a lot of work, a lot of fun and a huge success.
Faculty members who have a book project, major dissertation revision, or nearly completed manuscript can use these funds to make significant progress on their project and/or complete the manuscript. Recipients may use the support (from $5000-$7000) 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.
Any faculty member with a scholarly or creative manuscript appropriate to their field may apply, and can work with Director of the Crown Center, Anne Hyde, to write a proposal and consider the timing of the seminar or meeting. The Dean and Crown Center Advisory Board will vet proposals on a rolling basis and expect to award 3 to 4 seminars per year. Proposals must include an itemized budget explaining how funds will be used for travel, lodging, per diem, research materials, and assistance. Although the selection committee will consider projects at different stages of development, it will prioritize projects that are far along over those in an exploratory phase. Within the calendar year following the seminar or meeting, each recipient must submit updated versions of their manuscript or a detailed report about progress and publication plans.
4) CROWN Block Break Workshops:
Thursday, November 21, 9:00-11:30 in TLC3
We invite you to Session II of the Crown Block Break Workshop Series: Breakfast, Time, and the Block-Plan.
Come join colleagues to talk about the age old problem of fitting research in to our busy lives at
CC. Over breakfast, we'll talk about the latest research about what helps people be productive,
happy (or at least not-so-unhappy) scholars, some programs that seem to be working for
people at colleges like ours, and assessing what we've tried at CC. The second part of the
morning will be dedicated to working in teams and helping each other to plan research and
writing projects. Finally, we will talk about where the stumbling blocks for starting and finishing
projects come and what we might do to avoid those. The goal is to leave the workshop with a
detailed work plan for the rest of the academic year.
Please RSVP to Patti, firstname.lastname@example.org or x6168 by Monday, November 18th
Dates for the rest of the year:
Block 5, Thursday, Feb. 13
Block 7, Thursday, Apr. 17
5) Half Block Workshop: Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar, Tara Gray, PhD
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 9:30 – 3 (Cossitt Commons)
Professor Tara Gray is a specialist in the scholarship and practice of faculty productivity. She is coming to CC to run a hands-on workshop about how to get more done. She's a former naval officer and runs a faculty development center at New Mexico State University. She's offered workshops at numerous colleges and universities and comes highly recommended from many of our peer institutions. Each participant will work on a chunk of his or her own article, proposal, or manuscript through the day.
6) EXCELLENCE IN BLOCK-PLAN TEACHING: Summer Faculty Workshop for New and Experienced Faculty – Aug. 11 – 14, 2014
More information to follow in the coming months