Max Kade Foundation – German Writer in residence Program. $14,000. This proposal requests a grant of $14,000 from the Max Kade Foundation to support a Max Kade German Writer-in-Residence at Dickinson College during the spring semester of 2017. German writer Thea Dorn is available and interested in coming to Dickinson for this opportunity. The spring semester of 2017 will be a particularly appropriate time for her to be in residence at Dickinson. Professor Sarah McGaughey will be teaching a senior seminar for German majors, which is our capstone experience for students of German studies. The topic of the senior seminar will be “The Faust Myth.” Professor McGaughey will have her students read some of Dorn’s works, and Dorn’s participation in some seminar discussions will be a particularly relevant to the topic. We are hopeful that she will be able to make visits to several other courses, including Exploring German Cultures (German 210) and our 200-level intermediate German courses. We also look forward to having her deliver at least one public reading from her literary works, for which we will advertise widely on campus and among area colleges. The German department also will help her organize a reading tour at various colleges and universities on the East Coast if she is interested.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. $650,000. (Neil Weissman and Shalom Staub/Academic Affairs) “Civic Learning and Engagement Initiative.” This grant will launch a four-year initiative to significantly enhance civic learning and engagement in the undergraduate liberal arts curriculum. Specifically, the grant will provide project and seed funding for 1) a new faculty position in Practical Ethics and 2) incentives for faculty to infuse civic learning and engagement more broadly throughout our curriculum. The latter will involve departmental study groups to help define specific civic learning goals and community engagement opportunities, interdisciplinary faculty seminars focusing on critical social issues, creation of a College-Community learning network, and faculty development workshops on inclusivity. Participating faculty members will have the opportunity to apply for internal grants or reassigned time for related curriculum development and scholarly projects.