2012-13 Funded Projects

2012-13 Funded Projects

Expedited Deadline Projects

Year-round, For-profit Apprenticeships in Iowa's Leading Industries

Project Contacts: Monica Chavez, Mark Peltz, Melissa Strovers

This project provides a framework for testing a for-profit apprenticeship program. Five students will work year-round with executive leadership in local companies to learn about the organizations, develop new skills, and apply their Grinnell education to meaningful projects for local employers.

Digital Asset Management

Project Contacts: Lesley Wright, Richard Fyffe, Julia Bauder, Mike Conner, Chris Jones, Cecilia Knight, Mark McFate, Kay Wilson, and Becky Yoose

The Faulconer Gallery, along with the Curricular Technology Specialists and the staff of the Grinnell College Libraries, will develop a prototype collection management system (CMS) as part of Digital Grinnell. The system created for Faulconer Gallery will be developed in such a way that it can be adapted for other collections on campus. An effective CMS created for Digital Grinnell will become the basis for future web based course projects, research on and off campus, and an expanded awareness of and utilization of primary source materials at Grinnell.

Data in Courses

Project Contact: Kathy Kamp

The goal of this project is to simultaneously facilitate the design and implementation of innovative and technologically-sophisticated coursework by Grinnell faculty and to increase Grinnell's visibility by sharing the materials Grinnell has developed via the internet. The funding will support two Data Analysis and Social Inquiry Lab (DASIL) fellowships, one full-time year-long position for a recent graduate and the other to provide a single course release for a faculty member to develop innovative materials for teaching quantitative or qualitative engagement with original data, as well as website development.

Music, Art, and English Interdisciplinary Course

Project Contacts: Dean Bakopoulos, John Rommereim, Lee Running

The project makes possible a team-taught course in composition, creative writing, and visual art to be offered in the spring of 2014. The advanced creative writing students, advanced studio art students, and advanced student composers will be developing collaborative projects, and the courses will culminate in a public performance and an exhibition.

Regular Deadline Projects

The Impact of MAPs on Student Outcomes (pilot project)

Project Contacts: Keith Brouhle, Brad Graham

This project will investigate the impact of Mentored Advanced Projects on student academic, personal, and professional success at Grinnell and beyond.

Partners in Education: An Academic Recovery Program for First-Year Students (pilot project)

Project Contacts: Mark Schneider, Joe Bagnoli, Narren Brown, Jim Swartz

This project is designed to intervene with first-year students who have struggled academically in their first semester to build the skills and habits necessary for academic success.

Instructional Video Production Studio (pilot project)

Project Contacts: Mike Conner, Ralph Helt, Caleb Sponheim '15, Janet Carl

This project will create a modest video production studio with appropriate technology and staffing to combine necessary tools, a streamlined workflow, and knowledgeable staff to provide support in two key areas: faculty who wish to explore new technologies for increasing student engagement, and students who produce video essays or films for course work.

Artist Residency Program (pilot project)

Project Contact: Lesley Wright

Up to three artists per year will bring new work and creative processes to campus, to inspire undergraduates, to mentor faculty and staff, and to build partnerships with alumni and the surrounding community.

Crossing Cultures: A Vision for Using Technology in the Liberal Arts (pilot project)

Project Contact: Todd Armstrong

A course will be developed that will utilize teleconferencing to bring together students from Grinnell and a Russian university in semester-long collaborations, with the goal of developing cultural and linguistic competency for both sides of this virtual exchange.

ALSO Online (planning project)

Project Contacts: Claire Moisan, Mike Conner, Stephanie Peterson

This project seeks to explore the feasibility of creating online modules for the ALSO classes.

The Why Language Project: A Pre-Orientation Workshop (planning project)

Project Contact: Todd Armstrong

Design a pre-orientation workshop for entering first-year students who have minimal exposure to language study, or who less frequently study language or study abroad in college, to immerse these students in a series of activities designed to introduce them to college-level language study at Grinnell College, to assist them in transitioning from high school to college, and to help them more thoughtfully pursue and achieve success in language and international studies.

Language Learning Center: Creating a Community of Language Study at Grinnell College (planning project)

Project Contact: Claire Moisan

Plan to create a Language Learning Center (LLC) to provide faculty and students with a dedicated space to consolidate existing peer mentoring/tutoring programs and provide student workers with on-going training and supervision. It will also maintain a website/calendar with cultural and language-related campus events alongside featured language teaching and learning resources and technologies.

Mental Fitness Center (planning project)

Project Contact: Samantha Schwartz '14

Determine whether there is a need to create a "mental fitness" center that promotes well being through proven techniques employed in positive psychology.

Engaging Alumni in Crowdsourcing for College History (planning project)

Project Contacts: Christopher Jones, Julia Bauder, Catherine Rod, Jayn Chaney, Mark McFate, Mike Conner

Plan to make innovative uses of emerging technologies to encourage alumni to contribute information about, and transcriptions for, Special Collections materials related to college history.

21st Century American Studies (planning project)

Project Contact: Henry Morisada Rietz

Examine the feasibility of launching a new program of 21st Century American Studies that will serve as an interdisciplinary hub for experiments in collaborative mentoring and advising, and will prepare students to navigate interdisciplinarity and understand the U.S. at a moment of uncertainty.