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Announcing the Adjunct Professional Development Grant
This program supports Adjunct faculty who would like to participate in a conference or workshop, or receive funding to improve their teaching. All proposed travel or teaching enhancement projects must be reviewed by the applicant’s department chair and dean (or in the case of Engineering, Social Work, Law, and School of Divinity faculty, only the dean).
Funding is available for travel related to professional development (travel to a local, regional, or national conference to present research or complete an intensive teaching workshop) or to carry out a teaching enhancement project. Maximum award for travel is $1200 and maximum award for a teaching enhancement grant is $1000.
Information about and application forms for the Adjunct Professional Development Grant is available on the Internal Grants section of the Faculty Development web site.
Accountability Groups: A great way to connect and stay on track
When productivity guru Tara Gray was on campus last year, one thing she emphasized was the value of accountability groups – groups of faculty who meet regularly to set goals and then encourage each other along the way toward completing projects. I recently learned about two new groups – formed independently in the last several months. I was curious about how they had formed and how they work, so I asked if I could crash a meeting and gather some information, with the hope of inspiring others.
UST course wins Blackboard award!
Congratulations to Dr. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan (Gifted & Special Education, CELC) and Lynn Murdoch (IRT) on receiving a 2014 Blackboard Exemplary Course Award for SPED 716: Fundamentals of Mild to Moderate Disabilities.
Productive Online Discussions
I recently came across an interesting paper by Gao, Zhang, and Franklin (2013) which analyzes the limitations of 'threaded' discussion boards (that's what we have with the Blackboard system) along with how different types of online discussion tools support or hinder learning goals. The paper was particularly interesting not only because the discussion board is one of the most commonly used Blackboard tools at UST but also because online discussion is a staple of blended and online pedagogy.
How the NEH grant application process helped clarify my scholarly agenda
“What’s the worst that can happen? They say no?” With these typically blunt words of encouragement from a graduate school mentor as motivation, I decided to apply for a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) approximately a year ago. Both the application and the conversation that produced it stemmed from nagging doubts that I had carried with me since completing my dissertation and joining the faculty at St. Thomas.
Faculty Development Grant Deadlines
Upcoming Faculty Development grant deadlines for AY 2015-15.
Campus wide Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration!
“UST Unidos” Hispanic Heritage Month 2 will be held September 15 - October 15 and serves as an opportunity for the UST community to embrace the Hispanic culture through cultural, educational and social on-campus events. Be a part of this campus tradition, while making new friends and celebrating diversity!
International Education Center Travel and Seminar Grants for UST Faculty
In conjunction with the Office of Academic Affairs, I am pleased to invite applications for a pair of grants to support faculty initiatives to internationalize the University of St. Thomas. The international grants are from the University of St. Thomas International Education Center (IEC) and are combined with additional support from a faculty member's dean.
External Funding Opportunities for Humanists
Looking across the state and federal agencies that provide discretionary research grants, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is a very popular source of external support for research among our humanists
2014-15 Research Grant Recipients
The Research Grant supports faculty engagement in and continuation of current scholarly work, in new directions in scholarship, or for large, multi-year projects. Congratulations to the 18 faculty who received a Research Grant for the 2014-15 academic year.