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AKA-265666-19

Roanoke College (Salem, VA 24153-3794)
Leslie A Warden (Project Director: October 2018 to present)

A Liberal Arts Approach to an Archaeological Curriculum

The development of an interdisciplinary archaeological curriculum incorporating skills and perspectives from humanities and the sciences.

This proposal seeks to create an interdisciplinary archaeological curriculum at Roanoke College that will focus on the skillsets needed for understanding and working with the archaeological past. During a planning year, we will create a curriculum that explores the archaeological intersections in the disciplines of Art History, History, Anthropology, Biology, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, and Statistics; we expect to create a minor or certificate in Archaeology. A committee of nine faculty members from six different disciplines will work together on lectures and exercises for archaeology classes, create new syllabi or restructure old ones, and meet with outside consultants. A key element of our work will be to design a field school using our on-campus archaeological site, Monterey House, to train students in excavation and analysis. We plan to place successful exercises and, once implemented, our curriculum online for other colleges and universities to use as a model.

Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$35,000 (approved)
$35,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2019 – 6/30/2020


AKA-265670-19

University of Scranton (Scranton, PA 18510-4501)
Ana Ugarte (Project Director: October 2018 to present)
Billie R. Tadros (Co Project Director: April 2019 to present)

A Health Humanities Concentration and Community-Based Learning

The development of a Health Humanities concentration at the University of Scranton.

This application proposes a Humanities Connections Planning Grant to fund the development of a new Health Humanities concentration at The University of Scranton. This concentration will emphasize the integral role of the humanities in shaping and transforming healthcare, health, and well-being. It aims not only at providing a more comprehensive education to the students enrolled in the programs for the health professions, but also seeks to develop new pedagogical practices informed by interdisciplinarity, community-based learning, and diversity and intercultural competence. These three interrelated areas of focus will guide the development of the concentration, with the support of institutional and community partners who have already expressed their interest and needs in relation to such a program, such as the Office for Community-Based Learning, the Leahy Community Health and Family Center, the Humanities Initiative, and the Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions Programs.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$34,958 (approved)
$34,958 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 4/30/2020


AKA-265689-19

Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY 11549-1000)
Katrina Sims (Project Director: October 2018 to present)
Craig M. Dalton (Co Project Director: April 2019 to present)
Kari B. Jensen (Co Project Director: April 2019 to present)
Anthony J. Santella (Co Project Director: April 2019 to present)

A Global-Local Health Initiative

Development of a cluster of three undergraduate courses to bring the humanities into dialogue with health sciences.

Faculty at Hofstra University propose to develop an innovative cluster of undergraduate courses – “Immigrant and Refugee Health,” “History of Disease and Medicine,” and “Geography of Global Health” – examining how global processes, both geographical and historical, connect to local health issues in immigrant communities on Long Island. The word “glocal” in our title refers to global knowledge within a local context. One of the hallmarks of our cluster will be experiential learning and a close collaboration with local community partners such as The Hispanic Counseling Center and SHALI. Additionally, the project connects cultural and humanities programs including Latin and Caribbean Studies, Global Studies, American Studies, LGBTQ+ Studies, Sustainability Studies as well as history, geography and health.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Geography; History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$35,000 (approved)
$35,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2019 – 7/31/2020


AKA-265594-19

University of Rochester (Rochester, NY 14627-0001)
Gregory Heyworth (Project Director: October 2018 to present)
Roger Easton (Co Project Director: April 2019 to present)

Textual Science: A Curriculum for Cultural Heritage Recovery

The development of curriculum and resources for a new certificate in textual science, focused on cultural heritage recovery.

How should the humanities respond to the dual threat posed by global warming and terrorism to cultural heritage worldwide? Are the imaging technologies developed to recover the Archimedes palimpsest and restore lost works to the canon enough to safeguard the future of the past? Is science alone the answer? Textual Science: A Curriculum for Cultural Heritage Recovery offers a two-fold solution. First, it defines a new discipline combining the traditional skills of the humanistic scholar – paleography, codicology, bibliography – with imaging-, material-, and computer science. Second, drawing on the traditional strengths in optics, imaging, and humanities of both the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology, whose scholars are at the forefront of cultural heritage imaging, this proposal aims to formalize a curriculum for Textual Science through a joint UR – RIT certificate program for undergraduates at the 22 institutions of the Rochester Area Colleges consortium.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Literature, Other; Medieval History

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$34,984 (approved)
$34,984 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2019 – 5/31/2020


AKA-265585-19

Ursuline College (Pepper Pike, OH 44124-4398)
Katharine Trostel (Project Director: October 2018 to present)
Bari Stith (Co Project Director: April 2019 to present)
Rosaria Perna (Co Project Director: April 2019 to present)

Cleveland Divided: Rust Belt Revival Curriculum

The development of a core curricular pathway and new course offerings focused on Cleveland and the Rust Belt region.

The rustbelt region is known as a place of poverty, discrimination, neglect, and population decline. Cleveland – a prototypical rustbelt city – and its inner-ring suburbs include an array of distinct neighborhoods that are historically divided by ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic status. But, Cleveland’s story is far from finished. Ursuline College’s students are the citizens who will help to write the next chapter of rustbelt revival. Ursuline seeks NEH funding to create a pathway through our core curriculum – one that focuses on the rustbelt, social solutions, and reimagining the humanities. The courses will emphasize digital skills, mapping, and storytelling to analyze the history of the region. They will contribute to public-facing student scholarship, will serve as the foundation for all undergraduate majors, and will give students the intellectual framework to engage locally with the community as problem-solvers and critical thinkers in Cleveland’s specific cultural context.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$34,586 (approved)
$34,586 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/15/2019 – 5/14/2020


AKA-265629-19

College of Saint Benedict (St. Joseph, MN 56374-2099)
Elisabeth Wengler (Project Director: October 2018 to present)
Emily Esch (Co Project Director: April 2019 to present)

Humanities in Action Honors Program

Planning for a five-course interdisciplinary Honors Program curriculum, “Humanities in Action.”

Humanities in Action (HIA) is a five-course honors curriculum which places the skills and values cultivated by the humanities at the center of student learning. We are seeking funding to develop and integrate two key features of HIA: interdisciplinary team-taught courses and a culminating experiential learning component. The interdisciplinary courses examine scientific, social scientific, and mathematical knowledge and reasoning in specific social and cultural contexts to illustrate how these factors complicate the acquisition and application of “objective” results. Armed with this knowledge and the tools and skills of different disciplines, students will design and operationalize experiential learning projects for the Humanities in Action capstone. During the planning year, a diverse team of faculty and staff will design team-taught interdisciplinary courses, develop experiential learning and leadership modules, and design a community-engagement capstone.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$34,944 (approved)
$34,944 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 4/30/2020


AKA-265633-19

Georgetown University (Washington, DC 20057-0001)
Daniel Marchalik (Project Director: October 2018 to present)
Lakshmi Krishnan (Co Project Director: March 2019 to present)
Ricardo L. Ortiz (Co Project Director: March 2019 to present)

Creating a Collaborative Medical Humanities Major

The development of a new medical humanities major for undergraduates at Georgetown University.

Humanities are declining in universities and medical schools across the country. To address this issue, our proposal aims to establish a new medical humanities major through collaboration between Georgetown University School of Medicine and the main University Campus. With the help of a planning committee and experts in the field, we will work to identify key players involved in medical humanities instruction at both campuses and to identify existing coursework that can serve to fulfill the medical humanities major. We will also identify gaps in current course offerings in order to work toward establishing new courses. With increased cross-campus collaboration we anticipate more guest lecturing, joint curriculum planning, student mentorship, and cross-campus course offerings. This project would help make humanities more relevant to undergraduate students interested in the sciences. We estimate that this program could attract 45 students a year (180 students per 4 year cycle).

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Social Sciences, Other

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$35,000 (approved)
$35,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2020


AKA-265701-19

Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI 49931-1200)
Marika A. Seigel (Project Director: October 2018 to present)
Mary Raber (Co Project Director: April 2019 to present)

A Human-Centered Engineering Initiative

The development of three new interdisciplinary courses for a minor in human-centered engineering.

Michigan Technological University requests funding to spearhead a new Human-Centered Engineering Initiative. The purpose of this curricular initiative--which includes developing three new courses and a minor in Human-Centered Engineering--is to meaningfully integrate humanistic and technical inquiry; highlight the importance of humanistic inquiry to students in engineering disciplines; and expand the role of the Humanities at the institution. During the planning grant period, faculty from the Department of Humanities, College of Engineering, and Pavlis Honors College will collaborate to research, develop, and propose three interdisciplinary courses that will form the core of a new Human-Centered Engineering minor at Michigan Tech. These courses -- “Empathy,” “Creativity,” and “Innovation” -- will each focus on a key component of the design process, exploring connections and differences between humanistic and engineering perspectives.

Project fields:
Composition and Rhetoric; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$34,999 (approved)
$34,999 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2019 – 7/30/2020


AKA-265705-19

Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ 85281-3670)
Suren Jayasuriya (Project Director: October 2018 to present)
Pavan K. Turaga (Co Project Director: April 2019 to present)
Edward Finn (Co Project Director: April 2019 to present)
Xin Wei Sha (Co Project Director: April 2019 to present)

Artificial Intelligence in Digital Culture

A one-year curriculum development project on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

This project aims to foster a transdisciplinary environment where humanities and STEM students can think critically, engage, and interact with technical and social constructions of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and systems. At Arizona State University in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering (AME), we already offer a unique B.A. in Digital Culture. This grant will support the design of an undergraduate curriculum specialized track for our Digital Culture B.A. focused on humanistic and socio-cultural engagement with AI. This track will feature a core set of classes with complementary domain knowledge that we anticipate including, What Algorithms Want?; Science Fiction; Foundational Representations for AI; Creativity and Responsibility; and Speculative Futures for AI.

Project fields:
Literature, General

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$34,999 (approved)
$34,999 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 4/30/2020


AKA-265680-19

University of Wisconsin System – Superior (Superior, WI 54880-5063)
Jayson Iwen (Project Director: October 2018 to present)
Lynn Goerdt (Co Project Director: March 2019 to present)

Critical Civic Engagement: A UW-Superior Cross-Disciplinary Initiative

Planning for a new interdisciplinary major in Critical Civic Engagement.

The small size of our campus means that declining enrollment trends seen throughout higher education are magnified. While our commitment to the humanities remains undiminished, we recognize the need to adjust our approach to teaching and learning in light of new realities. With expertise drawn from a range of disciplines we intend to design a major in Critical Civic Engagement (CCE). This will be carried out by a cross-disciplinary team of faculty and academic leaders. CCE presents our vision for a program that purposefully integrates the humanities and social sciences. CCE will equip students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to tackle complex issues. Through this planning grant we will focus on the development of CCE including the identification of courses, learning outcomes, and program objectives. The goal will be to develop a framework for CCE and a plan to move it through the appropriate processes for approval. This project will run from 05/01/19-04/30/20.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Philosophy, General; Social Sciences, General

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$35,000 (approved)
$35,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 4/30/2020


AKA-265737-19

Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ 07079-2697)
Abe Zakhem (Project Director: October 2018 to present)
Elizabeth A. McCrea (Co Project Director: March 2019 to present)

A Business Humanities Initiative

A one-year curriculum development project on the integration of the humanities and business.

The Seton Hall University College of Arts and Sciences and Stillman School of Business are committed to breaking down the false divides between the humanities and business through a collaborative Business Humanities Initiative which will integrate philosophical, spiritual, historical, literary and business perspectives into the curriculum. The project will: identify interdisciplinary working groups; design a faculty development and certification program; investigate curriculum exemplars; conduct student surveys/focus groups to gauge interest; create a plan to integrate humanities into the existing business curriculum, including the development of experientially oriented case studies; outline curriculum, learning outcomes and an assessment plan for a proposed undergraduate Certificate in Business Humanities; and create a syllabus, course description, learning outcomes, experiential component and assessment process for a new business humanities capstone course for the Certificate.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$30,237 (approved)
$30,237 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2019 – 1/31/2020


AKA-265738-19

Bergen Community College (Paramus, NJ 07652-1504)
Eileen Fitzgerald (Project Director: October 2018 to present)
Richard Kuiters (Co Project Director: April 2019 to present)

Criminal Justice-Humanities Connections

The development of a new community college program connecting the humanities and criminal justice.

Next year marks the 60th anniversary of C. P. Snow’s notable essay “Two Cultures,” in which he laments the divide between vita activa and vita contemplativa, the active life of a scientist and the contemplative life of a humanist. The Division of Humanities at Bergen Community College seeks to accomplish what Snow and many others have advocated: to advance society by bridging activa and contemplativa. Through the interdisciplinary efforts of the Criminal Justice and Humanities departments at the College, courses integrating the content, competencies, and methodologies of the humanities and criminal justice will foster a future law enforcement that has a greater understanding of the narratives of the communities they serve and with stronger critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$35,000 (approved)
$35,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 4/30/2020


AKA-265741-19

West Virginia Wesleyan College (Buckhannon, WV 26201-2647)
Katharine Antolini (Project Director: October 2018 to present)
Susan Rice (Co Project Director: March 2019 to present)

Appalachian Humanities and Sciences: A Holistic Approach to Regional Studies

Planning for an interdisciplinary minor in Appalachian studies.

Located in the heart of Rural Appalachia, West Virginia Wesleyan College wishes to construct a multifaceted Appalachian Studies minor program. This program will cultivate the essential avenue for Humanities and Non-Humanities disciplines to truly work in tandem towards the goal of a historical, political, cultural, social, economic and scientific assessment of a common question, "What defines Appalachia and is there truly an 'otherness' to the region?" The opportunity to pursue an Interdisciplinary minor will equip students with the tools to enhance self-awareness and contextualize the past, present and potential future of Appalachia within a national and global setting.

Project fields:
Area Studies

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$34,976 (approved)
$34,976 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2019 – 5/31/2020


AKA-265758-19

University of Wisconsin, Whitewater (Whitewater, WI 53190-1705)
Susan Huss-Lederman (Project Director: October 2018 to present)
Prajakti Bhattacharyya (Co Project Director: March 2019 to present)

A Water-Humanities Integration Project

Planning for an interdisciplinary general education pathway focused on the study of fresh water.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UW-W) and the College of Integrated Studies (CIS) request funds to enhance and augment an existing sequence of core courses to provide a thematic curricular pathway in the undergraduate, general education curriculum. The Water-Humanities Integration Project (WHIP) will connect the humanities more intentionally with social and natural sciences to examine the importance of freshwater in Wisconsin and elsewhere. WHIP will develop team-taught courses that include course-based, experiential learning opportunities in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences at UW-W and the CIS. The CIS recently merged with UW-W; this project will foster more intentional ties between the two campuses and help create a more seamless transfer experience. New courses, including a domestic travel-study, will be developed.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$34,908 (approved)
$34,908 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2020


AKA-265761-19

University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA 90095-9000)
Ali Behdad (Project Director: October 2018 to present)

New Directions in Middle East Learning

A one-year project aimed at developing a freshman-level interdisciplinary course sequence on the Middle East and North Africa.

A faculty team from the departments of Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Islamic Studies, Law, and Sociology will transform UCLA's pedagogy on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by creating a multidisciplinary freshman course sequence exploring MENA cultures through diverse humanistic perspectives. The team-taught sequence, offered annually, will incorporate two terms of lecture courses followed by a term of experiential learning in the MENA communities of Los Angeles. The planning phase will explore methods and topics for a sequence that highlights the Middle East's rich cultural and religious traditions, histories, and literary and artistic practices. The product of this planning phase will be a detailed proposal to UCLA's Governance Committee for course approval, after which our team will establish working relationships with the course's assigned staff from the library, the writing program, and experiential learning partners.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$35,000 (approved)
$35,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 4/30/2020


AKA-265769-19

Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX 79409-0006)
John Carrell (Project Director: October 2018 to present)
Aliza S. Wong (Co Project Director: October 2018 to present)

Humanities-Driven STEM: A New Paradigm for the Liberal Arts

The development of a humanities-driven undergraduate STEM program.

While STEM has made room for STEAM (with the Arts) or STREM (with Reading) or STEMM (with music), the humanities remain still only a subtle presence in STEM education. What if we were to flip this paradigm? What if, instead of only "timbre-ing" STEM, the humanities were to drive its communication, its approach? This project implements a humanities driven STEM (HDSTEM) program in the TTU Honors College that includes 1) a First Year Experience team-taught course that introduces students in their first semester to the idea that the humanities are the impetus for human innovation; 2) a sustained program of HDSTEM courses that shape the chosen majors of students; 3) co-curricular workshops and lectures that put interdisciplinarity into action; and 4) a Summit Experience team-taught course that challenges students at the end of their 4 years to appreciate the interrelatedness of disciplines and the complexity of problems using the vocabulary and the grammar of the humanities.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$34,999 (approved)
$34,999 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2020


AKA-265772-19

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (Edinburg, TX 78539-2909)
Sarah Rowe (Project Director: October 2018 to present)
Juan Gonzalez (Co Project Director: March 2019 to present)

An Interdisciplinary Public Heritage Curriculum for the Rio Grande Valley

Planning for a new interdisciplinary major in Public Heritage.

Faculty at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) seek support from NEH to develop a new, interdisciplinary bachelor degree (a BAIS) in Public Heritage that combines elements of traditional public history, cultural heritage studies, and museum studies programs and moves substantially beyond any of them. The proposed Public Heritage BAIS has two primary foci, Bilingual, Bicultural, Border Heritage and Integrated Cultural and Natural Heritage Landscapes. These foci build on the strengths of current faculty teaching and research activities across multiple disciplines, as well as existing experiential learning and institutional partnerships in the region. An NEH Humanities Connections Planning Grant will support a yearlong process during which the faculty committee will consult with external scholars and local collaborating institutional to finalize the design, structure, content, and expected student learning outcomes for the Public Heritage BAIS.

[Media coverage]

Project fields:
Anthropology

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$33,255 (approved)
$33,255 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 4/30/2020


AKA-265596-19

Trustees of St. Joseph's College (Standish, ME 04084-5236)
Dale Brooker (Project Director: October 2018 to present)
Chris Callaway (Co Project Director: March 2019 to present)

Education for Sustainability through the Humanities

Planning for a sustainability-themed enhancement of four interdisciplinary courses to St. Joseph’s Core Curriculum.

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine will use Humanities Connections planning funds to complete the planning process for the Education for Sustainability Through the Humanities (ESTH) project, which will be a sustainability-themed enhancement to the Core Curriculum. The foundation for ESTH will be development of four interdisciplinary courses as follows: 1) Ethics in Professional Nursing, 2) Justice, Law, Punishment, and Consequences, 3) Dystopian Fiction, and 4) Markets, Development, and Freedom. To support implementation of these courses, we will develop a professional development (PD) plan for delivery of PD opportunities that will guide faculty in exploring best practices in collaborative and interdisciplinary pedagogy focused on the humanities. As a liberal arts college, we emphasize the humanities, especially in our Core Curriculum. We also challenge our students to explore the elements that contribute to sustainable societies, and the proposed ESTH courses will reflect this effort.

Project fields:
Ethics; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Literature, Other

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$34,995 (approved)
$34,995 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2019 – 5/31/2020


AKA-265792-19

Marlboro College (Marlboro, VT 05344-9888)
Adam Joseph Franklin-Lyons (Project Director: October 2018 to present)
Matt Ollis (Co Project Director: April 2019 to present)

Designing a New “Data Humanist” Certificate Program

The development of a new data humanist certificate program combining data science with humanities analysis and research.

Marlboro College requests funds to design and implement a new Data Humanist Certificate program. The certificate will require students to take a series of courses that combine data science and humanities methods of analysis and research, culminating in capstone projects that will connect groups of students with local organizations and government bodies. The coursework will require two courses each from the data sciences (statistics, programming, or other equivalent courses), a humanities course in one of our two intellectual pathways (history of exploration, migration and refugees, environmental philosophy), and finally two “Bridge” courses that will be team taught by a faculty member in the sciences with a faculty member from the humanities. The capstone projects will all involve a range of skills drawn from the coursework but directed at problems and questions of importance to people in Southern Vermont.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$30,400 (approved)
$30,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2019 – 6/30/2020


AKA-260418-18

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (Edwardsville, IL 62026-0001)
Jessica DeSpain (Project Director: October 2017 to present)

Digital Community Engagement Pathway

Design of a curricular pathway for undergraduate students, integrating humanities research, digital humanities, social science methods, and community engagement.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Lewis and Clark Community College will plan a Digital Community Engagement Pathway to unite faculty and students in research teams beyond the classroom’s traditional boundaries. The Pathway will recruit a cohort of underserved students as fellows who will work in teams of five with one faculty member and a community partner to address large-scale social problems using methods central to the digital humanities and social sciences. Teams will meet with others in their cohort to increase their interdisciplinary focus. The Pathway will explore direct applications of the humanities and social sciences while providing underrepresented and first generation students meaningful learning experiences to increase retention rates and student success. The committee will conduct relevant research, visit comparable programs, collect survey data, develop a recruitment plan, create a sustainable model for community partnerships, and finalize curricula.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Social Sciences, General

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$34,952 (approved)
$34,952 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2019


AKA-260466-18

Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH 43403-0001)
Nathan Hensley (Project Director: October 2017 to present)
Ian Young (Co Project Director: June 2018 to present)
Amilcar E. Challu (Co Project Director: June 2018 to present)

Linking the Humanities with Sustainability at BGSU

A faculty workshop and year-long learning community to incorporate humanities content into new and existing environmental studies courses.

The objective of this grant is to develop a unique approach to study the environment and sustainability that connects the humanities with the natural sciences. Our approach involves cultivating a sense of place in faculty and students via field experiences, and developing curricular pathways for students of diverse backgrounds to acquire ecological literacy and, to gain their own voice in the present-day problems related to sustainability. This project has two steps. The first is the “Black Swamp Workshop,” which is a field experience intended to build among the faculty a sense of place and an understanding of the unique ecological features of the local bioregion. The second step, the “Black Swamp Learning Community,” is a regular series of meetings over the academic year in which the faculty members will transfer the knowledge from the Workshop to develop curricular innovations. An outcome of the project will be four revised syllabi that integrate sustainability and the humanities.

[Media coverage]

Project fields:
History, General; Philosophy, General; Social Sciences, Other

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$35,000 (approved)
$35,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2018 – 5/31/2019


AKA-260537-18

Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI 53233-2225)
Sarah Feldner (Project Director: October 2017 to present)

Forging Disciplinary Connections with the Humanities: The Marquette Integrated Core Curriculum

The development of a three-tiered Integrated Core Curriculum for undergraduates.

The Marquette Integrated Core Curriculum is an inquiry based curriculum that will introduce students to the foundations of a Jesuit liberal arts education while allowing them to explore the intersections of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. This project focuses on refining two key aspects of this curriculum: A Methods of Inquiry (MOI) Course and the Discovery Tier of courses. These curricular elements intentionally seek to develop student ability to make meaningful connections between the Humanities and the Natural and Social Sciences. This curriculum requires focus on planning pedagogy strategies and preparing faculty. This grant will provide the means to consult with subject matter experts and offer a summer Core Curriculum Faculty Development Institute that will provide training for faculty to allow them to engage in integrative teaching strategies and deliver on the promise of this Curriculum.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$29,296 (approved)
$29,296 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2019


AKA-260471-18

Siena Heights University (Adrian, MI 49221-1755)
Jennifer Kling (Project Director: October 2017 to present)
Matthew Draud (Co Project Director: April 2018 to present)
Eric Kos (Co Project Director: June 2018 to present)

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE): Creating a New Minor/Certificate Program

The creation of an interdisciplinary program in philosophy, politics, and economics.

Siena Heights University (SHU), a Dominican college in Adrian, MI, proposes an NEH Connections planning grant, “Philosophy, Politics, and Economics: Creating a New Minor/Certificate Program at Siena Heights University” (hereafter “PPE”). PPE will be an interdisciplinary program involving the Philosophy Dept., Political Science Dept., and Business and Management Division (BAM). The program will be designed for students with interests in political theory, political philosophy, and economic theory. The humanities—including ethical, philosophical, cultural, and historical perspectives—are often missing from economic and political science approaches to problems, which this project seeks to address. Faculty will draw upon programs at SHU, and on PPE best practices, to create a new program. As a result, SHU will be well positioned to implement the program and become a model for other small-sized institutions of higher education across the country looking to implement PPE programs.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$34,997 (approved)
$34,997 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2019


AKA-260434-18

Providence College (Providence, RI 02918-7000)
Raymond Hain (Project Director: October 2017 to present)

An Integrated Future: Business, Medicine, and the Humanities

The collaboration of faculty from humanities and professional fields in planning for two new interdisciplinary minors, one in medical humanities and one in business and society.

Providence College proposes to lay the groundwork for two new interdisciplinary minors (with possible future expansion into majors): a minor in Humanities with a concentration in Medical Humanities, and a minor in Humanities with a concentration in Business and Society. Our goal is three-fold: (1) to link our robust humanities core curriculum to our most popular pre-professional majors by re-imagining our currently underused Humanities Program; (2) to deepen and synthesize the humanities education of our target students so that they see the relevance of the humanities to their professional lives; and (3) to make it more likely that students will pursue a second major in the humanities alongside their pre-professional major.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$34,187 (approved)
$34,187 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2018 – 5/31/2019


AKA-260429-18

Texas A & M University, College Station (College Station, TX 77843-0001)
Gabriela Zapata (Project Director: October 2017 to present)
Leonardo Lombardini (Co Project Director: June 2018 to present)
Maria Irene Moyna (Co Project Director: June 2018 to present)

Growing the Heart of Texas: Exploring the Role of Mexican Americans in Food Production and Rural Communities

To develop a four-course interdisciplinary minor in Hispanic Agriculture Studies for students in Texas A& M University’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.

We propose to develop an interdisciplinary minor in Hispanic Agriculture Studies that will offer Texas A&M students a deeper recognition of the social and economic role played by Mexican Americans in the state’s agricultural production and food culture. The curriculum will highlight Mexican American contributions to the demographic vitality and economic viability of Texas by integrating humanities (Spanish, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis) and agricultural sciences (soil, crops, animal husbandry, horticulture, nutrition). Aimed at majors in Agriculture but with broad appeal, the minor will develop linguistic and cultural skills through experiential and service learning activities. It will expose students to the state’s multi-layered social history. Four interdisciplinary courses will be developed about the land, food, peoples, and narratives of Hispanic Texas. They will be based on Open Educational Resources and framed within the multiliteracies pedagogy Learning by Design.

Project fields:
Hispanic American Studies; Spanish Language

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$35,000 (approved)
$35,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 7/31/2019


AKA-260452-18

Allegheny College (Meadville, PA 16335-3902)
M. Soledad Caballero (Project Director: October 2017 to present)
Aimee Knupsky (Co Project Director: March 2018 to present)

Ethical Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Enhance Humanistic Thinking

The development of an “Ethical Interdisciplinary” partnership that will expand the role of humanities education for undergraduates.

This planning grant will allow us to apply ethical interdisciplinarity at Allegheny College to enhance the impact of the humanities. We define ethical interdisciplinarity as interdisciplinary partnerships that allow scholars to learn with one another, rather than to learn about each other in isolation. Our planning committee will develop plans for the following: 1) interdisciplinary team-taught courses that intentionally connect the humanities and the sciences, 2) an investigation of the influence of the humanities in existing interdisciplinary programs, 3) the expansion of the humanities in experiential programming, 4) the incorporation of the humanities into Allegheny’s new model of adaptive advising, 5) the establishment of protocol for interdisciplinary and collaborative senior capstone projects, and 6) the development of interdisciplinary research and teaching teams. This work will align current and proposed initiatives to achieve curricular and co-curricular coherence.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$34,987 (approved)
$34,987 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 7/31/2019


AKA-260487-18

University of Dayton (Dayton, OH 45469-0001)
Caroline Anne Merithew (Project Director: October 2017 to present)
Carissa Krane (Co Project Director: October 2018 to present)

Humanities and Health Connections Certificate Program

The development of a Humanities and Health Connections certificate program for undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Education and Health Sciences.

We seek an NEH Humanities Connections Planning Grant to develop an undergraduate certificate program in Humanities and Health Connections (HHC) at the University of Dayton. Rooted in our interdisciplinary Common Academic Program, the certificate draws on faculty in anthropology, English, history, biology and the health sciences to develop a certificate program for pre-health professionals that centralizes the human experience of health through interdisciplinary and community engaged learning. The HHC certificate addresses three learning goals: Human Complexity of Health & Community, Community Health Experience, and Knowledge-Based Empathy. The planning team includes faculty with successful co-teaching and interdisciplinary experiences. The team has identified three areas of local community health to explore: food insecurity, opioid addiction, and antibiotic resistance. Grant funds will be used to develop the certificate curriculum, proposal, and assessment plan.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$35,000 (approved)
$35,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 5/31/2019


AKA-260488-18

University of Dayton (Dayton, OH 45469-0001)
Minnita Daniel-Cox (Project Director: October 2017 to present)
Ju Shen (Co Project Director: April 2018 to present)
Jennifer Speed (Co Project Director: April 2018 to present)

The Life, Works, and Legacy of Paul Laurence Dunbar: Interdisciplinary Curriculum Development

A one-year curricular planning grant to revise courses in computer science, sociology, history, and music using the life and work of Paul Laurence Dunbar to examine significant themes in American history and culture.

The University of Dayton and its community partners seek support from NEH to develop new curriculum and place-based experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students from all backgrounds around the theme of Paul Laurence Dunbar, the Dayton native and preeminent African American writer. Our goal is to facilitate the development of a set of related courses that can explore the breadth of Dunbar’s life, context, works, and influence. These include courses for majors in computer science and sociology that will incorporate significant humanities subject material, pedagogy, and habits of inquiry, as well as humanities courses that will integrate computer science and sociology. UD will introduce digital humanities tools and methods of inquiry to students and educators as a means of broadening engagement with material culture. The Project will also develop new experiential learning opportunities that make use of Dayton’s rich collection of Dunbar material objects and artifacts, as

Project fields:
African American History; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$35,000 (approved)
$35,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2018 – 5/31/2019


AKA-260489-18

Ursinus College (Collegeville, PA 19426-2513)
Meredith Lynn Goldsmith (Project Director: October 2017 to present)
Patrick Hurley (Co Project Director: June 2018 to present)

Humans, Nature, and Landscapes in 21st-Century Suburbia

Development of a cluster of three interdisciplinary courses and experiential activities that would explore the changing landscape of suburban Philadelphia.

For this NEH Humanities Connection Planning Grant, Ursinus requests support for an interdisciplinary team who will defamiliarize and unsettle the concept of the suburbs, developing proposals for courses open to all majors that explore issues of space, place, nature, and landscape in twenty-first-century suburbia.

Project fields:
English; Geography; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$33,861 (approved)
$33,861 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2018 – 8/31/2019


AKA-260555-18

Doane University (Crete, NE 68333-2426)
Kathleen Hanggi (Project Director: October 2017 to present)

Doane University: Emphasis in Integrated Humanities Program

A one-year planning grant to develop an interdisciplinary, humanities-based concentration for biology and psychology majors.

Doane University proposes a $35K Planning Grant to develop a new Emphasis in Integrated Humanities Program (EIHP). Faculty from English, biology, and psychology will develop a pilot program for students majoring in biology or psychology. The EIHP will provide humanities-based skills in creative and critical thinking and communication and tailor the content of a major to the ethical and expressive emphases integral to study in the humanities. Experiential learning is a required component for all undergraduate students at Doane and will be integral to the EIHP. During the grant, the project team will finalize the design, structure, and expected student learning outcomes, including the volume and nature of coursework that will be required and the development of new courses. The EIHP will be approved for implementation in 2019-2020 for a cohort of biology and psychology students and could eventually expand to numerous other disciplines and ideally serve as a model to other institutions.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$35,000 (approved)
$35,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2019


AKA-260560-18

Pawnee Nation College (Pawnee, OK 74058-0001)
Michael Burgess (Project Director: October 2017 to present)

Enhancing Tribal Sovereignty through Humanities-Science Connections

A one-year planning grant to integrate Pawnee language, history and culture into the natural science curriculum.

Increasing enrollment at Pawnee Nation College and embedding tribal language and culture into their science courses are the long-term goals of the “Enhancing Tribal Sovereignty through Humanities-Science Connections” project, a collaborative effort of Pawnee Nation College, the Pawnee Nation Community, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), and Oklahoma State University (OSU). During the 1-year planning period, these partners will identify myriad connections between a natural sciences curriculum and the languages, histories, and cultures of the primarily American Indian students served by Pawnee Nation College. The effective goal is to help students understand how connecting humanities to the sciences leads to enhanced tribal sovereignty.

Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology; Cultural History

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$35,000 (approved)
$35,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2019


AKA-260563-18

Xavier University of Louisiana (New Orleans, LA 70125-1056)
Kim Vaz-Deville (Project Director: October 2017 to present)

Digital Humanities, Data Science, and Digital Justice Minor at Xavier University of Louisiana

The design of an undergraduate minor in humanities, data science, and digital justice.

The aim of the Xavier University of Louisiana’s College of Arts and Sciences’ planning grant proposal is to design an undergraduate minor in the area of Humanities, Data Science and Digital Justice. The minor will teach students the humanistic tools of critique, appreciation, and engagement, with the by-product of providing skills development in digital platforms that are used in businesses. This planning grant will facilitate faculty training in strategic platforms that align with business technologies but also offer the opportunity to transmit and teach humanities’ habits of mind and heart that align with our undergraduate core curriculum. In addition to course development, faculty and staff training, and student engagement and outreach, the courses and minor proposal will be submitted for University approval toward the end of the planning year.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$35,000 (approved)
$35,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 11/30/2019


AKA-260549-18

Goodwin College, Inc. (East Hartford, CT 06118-1837)
Diane Sperger (Project Director: October 2017 to present)
Allan Ballinger (Co Project Director: April 2018 to present)

Goodwin College: Integrating Humanities into Career-Focused Programs

Planning for integrating humanities content into career-focused programs in business, manufacturing, homeland security, and criminal justice.

Goodwin College (Goodwin) seeks a Humanities Connections Planning Grant to undertake a broad-based assessment of its humanities curriculum with a goal to move toward an inter-disciplinary curriculum. Goodwin will integrate humanities courses with subject matter from its Manufacturing, Business, Homeland Security and Criminal Justice degree programs, with an average combined annual enrollment of 350 students. Over three years, including one planning year, we estimate 1,000 students will benefit from the new courses. Specific outcomes include course syllabi, which identify core competencies and include goals and assessments, recommended e-books, textbooks, and materials conducive to multiple types of learners. A planning committee comprising inter-institutional resources, including faculty, library staff, and administration will lead the project. External resources include CT Humanities staff, academic disciplines’ advisory boards’ members, and a professional development consultant.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$26,329 (approved)
$26,329 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2019


AKA-260583-18

Norwich University (Northfield, VT 05663-1035)
Amy Woodbury Tease (Project Director: October 2017 to present)
Brian Glenney (Co Project Director: April 2018 to present)

Developing an Interdisciplinary Curriculum to Foster Citizen Scholars

Planning for five interdisciplinary courses on the theme of resilience, co-taught by faculty in humanities and non-humanities fields.

This proposal outlines a rationale and timeline for the planning of a humanities-focused interdisciplinary curriculum initiative at Norwich University. Less than 3% of students at Norwich, most of whom plan to pursue careers in the military and service-oriented professions, are currently majoring in humanities fields. This initiative will demonstrate the relevance of humanities-based inquiry for all majors and provide hands-on experiential learning and research opportunities that will allow them to become engaged citizen scholars. Over a 12-month period, the planning team will partner with key stakeholders to recruit faculty, promote the program to the Norwich community, and create up to five co-curricular, co-instructed courses with the common theme of resilience. The goal of the planning grant will be to increase visibility and investment in the use-value of the humanities by establishing a pilot curriculum to be implemented in Fall 2019, aligning with Norwich’s bicentennial.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$35,000 (approved)
$35,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2018 – 5/31/2019