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University of North Carolina, Asheville (Asheville, NC 28804-3251)
Melissa Himelein (Project Director: May 2020 to present)

AH-274672-20
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)
Education Programs

Totals:
$299,998 (approved)
$299,163 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 3/31/2021

Preparing for Disruption: Supporting Humanities Instructors with Online and Compressed Course Development

A program of professional development, curriculum revisions, and digital resource creation to enable the online teaching of key humanities courses.

In response to the uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic, UNC Asheville is planning to modify fall semester classes so that they can be taught online, in compressed fashion (i.e., 4- or 5-week sessions), or both. In this effort, we are prioritizing adaptation of seven humanities-based courses that are at the heart of our general education program, or Liberal Arts Core, because they are fundamental to our public liberal arts mission and to continued efforts to bolster student retention. In addition, over half of these course sections are currently taught by contingent faculty (adjunct faculty and lecturers), whose positions are especially vulnerable in light of anticipated enrollment declines. Funding will be used to provide compensated opportunities to engage contingent faculty in efforts to retool instructors and remap our curricula for these alternate modes of delivery.