Humanities for the Public Good + Liberating Structures: Course Design Microgrant Application
**DERECHO STORM DEADLINE EXTENSION:
APPLICATIONS DUE BY THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th **
If you are teaching a graduate course during the next two years in the humanities or humanities adjacent areas (i.e., arts and social sciences) and you are inspired by the Liberating Structures immersion series, you can apply for an HPG Course Design Microgrant. Thanks to the generosity of the Mellon Foundation, this is an opportunity to test drive more equitable, inclusive, student-centered pedagogy.
The goals of the re-design is either (or both):
1) To create a class and/or assignments in which you invite students to connect your disciplinary methods and content with challenges students are facing--from dealing with COVID to addressing racism to addressing environmental or social or cultural issues.
2) To design a course or assignments to prepare students for careers outside the academy (given the scarcity of academic positions).
Note: We would also be delighted to see applications that proposed creative ways to co-teach by bringing together two graduate courses across departmental lines (which some of us do at the graduate level by meeting at the same time in the same classroom) or applications that proposed publicly engaged scholarship opportunities for students. Note that if two or more people would like to experiment with ideas about ways you could co-teach by holding linked versions of your individual classes or sequential versions of your individual classes, we can award both (or all) of the instructors grants, so don't hesitate to let us know if you plan to work with a partner.
Individual recipients will be awarded a $1,000 stipend and the cohort of recipients will receive support from Fisher, Anna, and the HPG team to help (re)design a graduate course.
Once awards are made, we will invite awardees to meet as a group (virtually) to share plans, set goals, and establish a timeline early in fall 2020. During the semester, we will be available for feedback sessions at your convenience as you plan. Finally, we will bring the group back together before Thanksgiving break so that the cohort can discuss each other’s courses, what you’ve learned from the redesign efforts, and so that the HPG team can learn enough about your new course to recommend it to student who are interested in our degree and seeking courses in your discipline that meet their interests and needs.
(All meetings will be virtual as we continue to use our LS training to work with you and give you space to work with your peers.)
We have deliberately kept the application simple. By answering the series of questions below, you will have done all you need to do to apply. As you'll see we ask for the following:
- Name, department, email address
- Class you will design or redesign
- One paragraph description of the class (thanks for noting when you will teach it next and how often it is taught)
- A "tag line" for the new course you're picturing (watch the 2 minute video for inspiration) and a short description of what you want to change and how those changes align with the objectives for the grant that we note above. (Again, one or two paragraphs is plenty.)