Women, Gender, and Sexuality 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 St. Thomas Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, and (2) to strengthen the capacity for the Luann Dummer Center for Women and the St. Thomas Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program to work together in leading intellectual discussions concerning the discipline of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and feminism on campus. As such, the Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and associated faculty members in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies are eligible to apply.  

The Project Development Grant will support a specific project(s) designed to build and strengthen the St. Thomas Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, with priority given to projects that will enhance the visibility of the program and focus on recruitment of Women, Gender, and Sexuality 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, Gender, and Sexulaity Studies will work with the Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, both in the writing of the grant proposal and the implementation of the project, to facilitate cooperation and collaboration in the best interest of the program.  It is also a requirement of the grant that the Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies/associated faculty member in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies coordinate 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, Gender, and Sexuality 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 St. Thomas Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program.

Proposals for the 2020-2021 academic year must include a cover sheet with the following information:

  • Your name, department, e-mail address, and campus phone
  • If you are the Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, note the length of your term in the position
  • If you are an associated faculty member in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, note the number and timing of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses you have taught, as well as any other relevant connections to the program (for example: your service on the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Advisory Committee, or a presentation in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Breakfast Talk series)
  • Proposed title/focus of the project to be developed (for use in LDCW announcements)
  • A brief (fewer than 50 words) description of the project (for use in LDCW announcements)
  • Signatures of the department chair or program director and appropriate the dean acknowledging that they will allow 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, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Advisory Committee, and other associated faculty in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  How, specifically, will this project strengthen the St. Thomas Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program?  How might the co-sponsored forum be integrated into your project?
  • Describe how this project furthers the mission of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program:

The mission of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality 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, Gender, and Sexuality 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, Gender, and Sexuality 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 has prepared you for this work? What additional reading, research, and other activities willl you need to do in order to complete 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 during the academic year in which you would receive this award.
  • Prepare a budget for this award, indicating whether the funding would be used for a course release or for other project development activities (with 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 4:30 pm on Friday, April 3, 2020. Members of the LDCW Advisory Board and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Advisory Committee will then review applications and notify applicants of their decision.