Women's Studies Faculty Project Development Grant

The Luann Dummer Center for Women is pleased to offer this grant through a pilot program in 2014-2015.  The purpose of the Project Development Grant is twofold:  (1) to support the UST Women’s Studies program, and (2) to strengthen the capacity for the Luann Dummer Center for Women and the UST Women’s Studies program to work together in leading intellectual discussions concerning the discipline of Women’s Studies and feminism on campus. As such, the Director of Women’s Studies and Associated Faculty members in Women’s Studies are eligible to apply.  

The Project Development Grant will support a specific project(s) designed to build and strengthen the UST Women’s Studies program, with priority given to projects that will enhance the visibility of the program and focus on recruitment of Women’s Studies majors and minors.  Preferably, the grant will provide a course release for the faculty member, though applications for other kinds of support will also be considered.  It is expected that an Associated Faculty member in Women’s Studies will work with the Director of Women’s Studies, both in the writing of the grant proposal and the implementation of the project, to facilitate cooperation and collaboration in the best interests of the program.  It is also a requirement of the grant that the Director of Women’s Studies/Associated Faculty Member in Women’s Studies coordinates with the Director of the Luann Dummer Center for Women to create a co-sponsored forum in which a prominent leader in the discipline of Women’s Studies will be invited to campus to address current intellectual debates within the discipline.

Faculty members who receive this grant will provide an evaluative report at the end of the grant period describing the project and its contribution to the UST Women’s Studies program.

Proposals for the 2014-2015 academic year must include a cover sheet with the following information:

  • Faculty member’s name, department, e-mail address, and campus phone
  • If faculty member is the Director of Women’s Studies, note length of term in position
  • If faculty member is an Associated Faculty member in Women’s Studies, note number and timing of Women’s Studies courses taught, as well as any other relevant connections to the program (for example:  Women’s Studies Advisory Committee member, Women’s Studies Breakfast Talk presenter, etc.)
  • Proposed title/focus of project to be developed (for use in Center announcements)
  • A brief (fewer than 50 words) description of the project focus (for use in Center announcements)
  • Signatures of department chair or program director, and appropriate dean, acknowledging that they will coordinate a course release if that is the form the award will take

In addition, the proposal should address the following:

  • Describe the project that you plan to develop, noting your plans for collaboration with the Director of Women’s Studies, the Women’s Studies Advisory Committee, and other Associated Faculty in Women’s Studies.  How, specifically, will this project strengthen the UST Women’s Studies program?  How might the co-sponsored forum be integrated with your project?
  • Describe how this project furthers the mission of the UST Women’s Studies Program:

The mission of the Women’s Studies Program is to provide a rigorous, interdisciplinary major and minor that teaches students to analyze gender, race, class, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, and nation as complex intersections of identity.   The wide range of Women’s Studies courses across departments develop students’ critical thinking and writing abilities and contribute to the liberal arts mission of the university. With its integrated view of scholarship, activism, and teaching, the Women’s Studies Program prepares students for morally responsible citizenship through research experiences, internships, and active-learning opportunities. 

  • Describe your plan for developing this project. What in your background prepares you to develop it? What additional reading, research, and other activities would you complete in order to develop the project? Please include a bibliography, if appropriate, and a timeline.
  • Please list all grants that you have received in the past three years, including sabbatical leaves, Faculty Development grants, departmental course releases, and outside awards. Also please indicate if you are applying for other grants for the academic year during which you would receive this award.
  • Prepare a budget for this award, indicating whether the award would be used for a course release or for other project development activities (total expenditures not to exceed the equivalent of one course replacement by an adjunct faculty member). If the award is to be used for a course release, please also have your department chair/program director and your dean sign the application cover sheet.

The application cover sheet and proposal should be submitted as one PDF or Word document to the Luann Dummer Center for Women, womenscntr@stthomas.edu, no later than Friday, April 4, 2014. Members of the LDCW Advisory Board and Women’s Studies Advisory Committee will then review applications and notify applicants of their decision.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Young-ok An, Director, Luann Dummer Center for Women via e-mail to yan@stthomas.edu.