Skip to main content

Building on the Block: Faculty Scholarship

The Charge: Building a faculty of dedicated teachers who are also committed scholars engaged in their disciplines has been and will be critical to providing the finest liberal arts education to generations of CC students and fulfilling the college's mission. To continue to attract, develop, and retain an engaged faculty equal to the challenge of teaching on the block, the college must enhance resources and flexibility to support faculty scholarship and creativity across the disciplines and activities that make up the learning experience.

What's Happening: In order to provide faculty members more time to devote to scholarly research, six development blocks have been awarded for the 2016-17 academic year. Building on the success of the 2015-16 inaugural year, these blocks enable faculty to complete critical stages of research or creative projects, produce research results for publication, or initiate study in new fields of interest. Nadia Guessous, assistant professor of Feminist and Gender Studies, was awarded one of the research grants for the next academic year.

"My hope is that this will facilitate the timely completion and publication of my book manuscript on the Moroccan feminist left," she says of the grant dollars. "I believe that carving out time for my writing and research during the academic year will enable me to better embody the teacher/scholar model cherished by Colorado College; to bring more dynamism into my courses through the cross-fertilization of scholarship and teaching; and to remain an active contributor to the fields of Feminist and Gender Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Anthropology, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies beyond Colorado College."

The supported work cuts across all three divisions and an interdisciplinary program. The six faculty awarded the development blocks include three assistant professors, one associate professor, and two full professors. The six faculty are all women and two are women of color. Christina Rader, assistant professor of economics and business, says she's grateful for the opportunities the grant provides. "This allows me to take risks in research that otherwise would not be possible - and hopefully will lead to exciting discoveries about how people give advice in high-stakes, risky situations," she says.

Jane Hillberry, English professor, echoes those sentiments. "Having this support at the beginning of a new project makes a huge difference. I am working on a book about a young man who grew up in poverty, whom I've known since he was two years old. The book will center on interviews with him, but there are a host of formal and ethical questions that I need to work out, and having this research block will allow me to focus on those questions without interruption or distraction," she says of how the grant enables her scholarly writing.

The development blocks are not the only support for faculty scholarship that is being repeated in 2016-17. Funding from the "SEGway" program is making an impact as well. The SEGway program is designed to position faculty to be more competitive for external funding; to assist faculty who have been awarded external grants, often through required or voluntary matching grants; and to invest in the college's research environment. Fifteen faculty members have been awarded 18 internally funded grants varying from $700 to $5,000 totaling more than $47,000. The college plans to award $50,000 by the end of June 2016. Though more than half of the awards are to faculty in the natural sciences division, two faculty members in the humanities received funding, as did two in the social sciences. Another four faculty members representing interdisciplinary and academic support units also received funding.

Report an issue - Last updated: 12/16/2020