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Guidelines for Mellon Funding

Guidelines for Mellon Funding, 2014-15

The recent grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the amount of $577,000 in support of our efforts to implement the university's strategic initiative for global learning is designed to be allocated over a four-year period in four major categories: Course Development, Faculty Development, Student/Faculty International Research, and Student Initiatives. The following are the guidelines for proposals for funding for the current year. All funding proposals should be submitted as an email attachment to Latha Dawson at the Center for International Education,

Course Development

I. Preparation courses

One-, two-, or three-credit new courses that focus on preparing students for "engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society." Courses could be linked to a Spring Term Abroad course or be more generally focused as courses with specific global learning outcomes for the discipline in which they are offered. Each course should aim to help students identify areas of interest to explore in a foreign country related to the student's overall academic interest. Course development includes a faculty stipend of $2000/credit. Team-taught courses will divide the stipend between the teaching faculty.

For 2014-15 funding will be available for up to three (3) one-credit courses, two (2) two-credit courses and three (3) three-credit courses.

Sample syllabus for a 1-credit STA pre-course

Sample syllabus for a 3-credit STA pre-course

APPLICATIONS for courses that may be taught in Fall, 2015, are due March 15.

II. Reintegration courses

These courses will aim to give academic structure and rigor to the process of reflection and re-entry for students who return from study, work, or internships abroad. They are meant to be team-taught and interdisciplinary and to help students integrate intellectually and academically the lessons of their experiences abroad. Stipends for the courses will total $5000 per credit and be evenly divided between or among the team-teaching faculty.

For 2014-15 funding will be available for up to two (2) reintegration courses

APPLICATIONS DUE:  For courses that may be taught in Fall, 2015 are due by December 1.

Faculty Development

I. Site visits for new STA courses

Faculty who are developing new STA courses and demonstrate the need to visit potential sites to evaluate logistics (e.g. housing, safety, internal travel, access to third-party providers, etc.) may receive funding toward travel expenses. Preference will be given to courses to be developed in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia.

Applications may be made at any time but there are a limited number of visits that can be made during a single fiscal (July 1-June30) year. Applications should include name, title of course, course location, a brief description of the faculty member's experience and knowldege of the proposed site, the site attributes that will be appropriate to the course, a budget estimate for the visit and the name of a site contact.




II. Faculty Seminars

Mellon faculty seminars are meant to be interdisciplinary seminars/workshops related to a particular issue or problem that can be examined from a variety of points of view. Preference will be given to proposals focused primarily on currently under-studied or under-visited areas of the world within our curriculum. The objective is to facilitate new curricular development including the integration of existing faculty research and teaching interests in potential new study abroad courses. The seminar is a year-long collaboration by three to five faculty members that may result in team-taught course(s) or other suitable outcomes for global learning. Seminar topics could, for example, be similar to the former Global Stewardship projects (2003-2006) which included: 1) the India program on health issues (economics, neuroscience, religion); 2) the Senegal program (literature, politics, and media); 3) the Cuba program (literature, history, politics).

Typically the seminars will involve regular discussions, common readings, public presentations and the inclusion of students in ways to be determined by the faculty proposers. Proposals will be strengthened by discernible outcomes. Beyond the team-taught course, relevant outcomes may include: 1) a plan to disseminate the work to other faculty and/or audiences beyond campus, and 2) an explanation of how the learning from the seminar might be reflected in the classroom going forward. Budget categories can include stipends, travel, colloquia, visiting speakers and/or comparable events.

Seminars for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years will each be funded at $40,000. Applications will be evaluated by a representative faculty committee.


Student/Faculty Research

Funding is provided for a limited number of faculty-supervised international summer research projects linked to faculty research agendas and/or to prospective student honors theses work. The projects are meant to establish or cultivate faculty collaboration with colleagues abroad as well as to expose students to research methods within a different cultural context. For each project the Faculty director will receive a stipend of $3000. The student researcher will receive a stipend of $3000 and funds toward travel costs.