2010 Dean's Conference CUR Dialogue Highlights

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A presentation by Dr. Vanessa Handley, Dr. Kate Isaacson, Dr. Jennifer Sherwood, and Karen Schneider.

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  • “Innovation is a hallmark of this grant category. … Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants should result in plans, prototypes, or proofs of concept for long-term digital humanities projects.” Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; and technical support and services. Up to 20 percent of the total grant may be used for the acquisition of computing hardware and software. All grantees are expected to communicate the results of their work to appropriate scholarly and public audiences. In order to facilitate dissemination and increase the impact of the projects that are ultimately developed through Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants, applicants are strongly encouraged to employ open-source and fully accessible software.
  • “Innovation is a hallmark of this grant category. … Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants should result in plans, prototypes, or proofs of concept for long-term digital humanities projects.” Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; and technical support and services. Up to 20 percent of the total grant may be used for the acquisition of computing hardware and software. All grantees are expected to communicate the results of their work to appropriate scholarly and public audiences. In order to facilitate dissemination and increase the impact of the projects that are ultimately developed through Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants, applicants are strongly encouraged to employ open-source and fully accessible software.
  • 2010 Dean's Conference CUR Dialogue Highlights

    1. 1. Council on Undergraduate ResearchCUR Dialogues February 25-27, 2010<br />
    2. 2. CUR Dialogues<br />Colleges, universities and individuals share a focus on providing research opportunities for faculty and students at undergraduate institutions<br />Guided by the premise that faculty members enhance their teaching and contribution to society by remaining active in research and by involving undergraduates in research<br />
    3. 3. Group Exchange<br />What is research?<br />
    4. 4. Group Exchange<br /><ul><li>What was your experience of research as an undergraduate?
    5. 5. Describe a transformative research experience.
    6. 6. Why was this experience transformative?
    7. 7. How did involvement in research affect your academic path?</li></li></ul><li>Competing for Funding<br />Don’t try to compete with “big research”<br />Take a long term view: start small and write often<br />Participate in consortia <br />Utilize expertise of a specialized/technical development officer<br />Establish departmental and administrative support protocols<br />
    8. 8. Opportunities<br />“Diversity Cupcakes” by Flickr member clevercupcakes<br />
    9. 9. Diversity<br />“Diversity Cupcakes” by Flickr member clevercupcakes<br />
    10. 10. Impact<br />By Flickr user jon hanson<br />
    11. 11. Agility<br />By Flickr member Robert Scoble<br />
    12. 12. Collaboration<br />By Flickr user Arbogast Inn<br />
    13. 13. Online Guide to Today’s Talk<br />
    14. 14. Reflection<br />In an ideal world, <br />I would conduct research on . . . <br />
    15. 15. Fundable Moments<br />“AerotechMetalstorm” by Flickr memberjurvetson<br />“Rocket Mavericks’ Maiden Flight” by Flickr memberjurvetson<br />
    16. 16. FIPSE Comprehensive Program<br />“. . . innovative reform projects that promise to be models for improving the quality of postsecondary education and increasing student access.”<br />
    17. 17. FIPSE Eligibility<br />Academic and administrative<br />All disciplines<br />Potential foci: access, retention, preparation, curricular reform, etc.<br />Not generally for basic research - “action-oriented”<br />
    18. 18. Funded FIPSE Projects<br />$600K <br />(4 years)<br />$624K <br />(2 years?)<br />
    19. 19. Funded FIPSE Projects<br />$598K<br />(3 years)<br />$599K <br />(4 years)<br />
    20. 20. Applying for FIPSE Funding<br />Meet all published criteria<br />Establish significance and a clear capacity to enhance secondary education<br />Demonstrate potential for sustainability after FIPSE funds are exhausted<br />Propose modes of dissemination (include letters of commitment from outside participants)<br />NOTE: Invitation priority is NOT important<br />
    21. 21. TUES Program<br />
    22. 22. TUES Program Eligibility<br />To improve the quality of science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) education for all undergraduate students <br />All institutions<br />Supports creation of curricular materials, developing faculty expertise, implementing educational innovations<br />
    23. 23. Funded TUES Programs<br />~$200K <br />(3 years)<br />~$150K <br />(2 years)<br />
    24. 24. RDE Program<br />
    25. 25. RDE Program Eligibility<br />Supports projects that increase the participation & achievement of people with disabilities in all fields of STEM education & associated professions<br />Assess educational, social and pre-professional experiences that influence disability related differences in student interest, academic performance, retention in STEM programs, STEM degree completion and career choices <br />All institutions <br />
    26. 26. STEP Program<br />
    27. 27. STEP Program Eligibility<br />Focus on retention and/or recruitment of undergraduate students into STEM fields<br />All U.S. institutions and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) that offer either associate or baccalaureate degrees in STEM<br />Implement pedagogical approaches such as active learning strategies, effective materials, financial incentives for students entering & persisting in STEM<br />
    28. 28. Funded RDE & STEP Programs<br />$200K <br />(1 year)<br />$2M <br />(3 years)<br />
    29. 29. Successful NSF STEM Proposals<br />Improve the quality of STEM education for all undergraduates<br />Measurable outcomes (Qualitative and/or quantitative assessment) of student learning & achievement<br />Supports interdisciplinary & interinstitutionalprojects<br />Demonstrate project sustainability<br />Plan methods of transferability & dissemination <br />
    30. 30. Ithaca College –March 31- April 2, 2011<br />Dedicated to promoting undergraduate research<br /><ul><li>Sponsors an annual conference for students from all disciplines
    31. 31. Graduate school and employment opportunities</li></li></ul><li>NEH Grants<br /><ul><li>National Endowment for the Humanities
    32. 32. grants supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. </li></li></ul><li>NEH Programs<br />Summer Stipends<br />Summer Institutes/Seminars<br />Faculty Research Awards<br />Full time research fellowships<br />Teaching development fellowships<br />Collaborative Awards<br />
    33. 33. 1. Summer Stipends<br />What<br />Up to $6K for two months of full-time independent study and research.<br />1200 awarded in 2009<br />Who<br />Applicants nominated by their institutions.<br />Tenured/tenure track only<br />Outcome:<br />Scholarly articles, a monograph, a book, a site report, a translation, an edition, or a database. <br />
    34. 34. Sample Summer Research Funded<br />Chiang, Connie Young Bowdoin CollegeNature Behind Barbed Wire: An Environmental History of the Japanese Internment<br />Coffey, Mary Pomona CollegeTracing the Ghost of Colonial Experience in 19th Century Spanish Literature<br />Finkel, Stuart University of FloridaThe Political Red Cross: A Voice for Political Prisoners in Early Soviet Russia<br />
    35. 35. 2. NEH Summer Seminars/Institutes<br />What<br />Summer opportunities for college teachers to study humanities<br />Who<br />“teachers of American undergraduate students.”<br />Adjunct and part-time lecturers<br />
    36. 36. 2010 Summer Seminars<br />The Aesthetics of British Romanticism, Then and Today <br />The American Civil War at 150: New Approaches <br />Brazilian Literature: Contemporary Urban Fiction <br />Aristotle on Truth and Meaning <br />Descartes, Galileo, Hobbes: Philosophy and Science, Politics and Religion During the Scientific Revolution <br />Free Will and Human Perfection in Medieval Jewish Philosophy <br />Philosophical Perspectives on Liberal Democracy and the Global Order <br />
    37. 37. 2010 Summer Institutes (4+weeks)<br />Teaching the History of Political Economy <br />Ritual and Ceremony from Late-Medieval Europe to Early America <br />Native Cultures of Western Alaska and the Pacific Northwest Coast <br />Mapping and Art in the Americas <br />Cultural Hybridities: Christians, Muslims, and Jews and the Medieval Mediterranean <br />
    38. 38. 3. Faculty Development Fellowships<br />
    39. 39. Full Time Fellowships <br /><ul><li>Grants for individuals to pursue research that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to public understanding of humanities during a longer term.
    40. 40. Awards are 4200/month for 6-12 months of full time work.
    41. 41. Award recipients must work full time on their projects.</li></ul>- Teaching assignments not allowed<br />- This can be appealed if it presents hardship to institution<br />
    42. 42. Sample Projects<br />Project 1: A full-time project for twelve months ($50,400) to conduct archival research in Paris on the development of jazz in Europe.<br />Project 2: A half-time award over eighteen months (the equivalent of nine months at full time, $37,800) to document and analyze traditional folk medicine practices among community elders.<br />Project 3: An applicant proposes a full-time award during two months in the summer ($8,400) to conduct research on local history to broaden the appeal of an American history survey course taught by the applicant every year. <br />
    43. 43. Teaching Development Fellowships<br /><ul><li>Teaching Development Fellowships (TDF) support college and university teachers pursuing research aimed specifically at improving their undergraduate teaching.
    44. 44. To improve existing undergraduate courses.</li></ul>Awards of 3-5 months carry a stipend of $4200 per month. (Max: $21,000)<br />May work up to half time teaching while on fellowship<br />
    45. 45. 4. Collaborative Research Projects<br />What: <br />Original research that because of its scope or complexity requires additional staff or resources beyond the individual’s salary.<br />FT or PT activities for 1-3 years.<br />Publication and presentation to public audiences expected.<br />Who: FT/PT faculty<br />
    46. 46. Sample Collaborative Projects<br />John Buridan’sQuestions on Aristotle’s De Anima (On the Soul): A Critical Edition with an Annotated TranslationFordham University, Bronx, NYPreparation for publication of three bilingual Latin-English volumes, with a fourth volume of expository and interpretive essays. Outright Funds of $195,000 over a period of two years. <br />The Annotated Translation and Analysis of a Lao Historical Work of Literature, PheunKhamThaungLuangUnaffiliated Independent Scholar, Bangkok, Thailand<br /> The preparation for online publication of a French colonial period work written from a Buddhist perspective.Outright Funds of $105,725 over a period of two years. <br />
    47. 47. NEH Evaluation Criteria<br />The intellectual significance for humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. <br />The quality or promise of quality of the applicant’s work as an interpreter of the humanities. <br />The quality of the conception, definition, organization, and description of the project<br />The feasibility of the proposed plan of work, including, dissemination<br />The likelihood that the applicant will complete the project. <br />
    48. 48. NEH Startup Grant<br />
    49. 49. Dominican’s iPad Grant<br />
    50. 50. Wrapping it Up<br />

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