Institutional Awards

Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, $540,000. This grant will be used to supplement our existing Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Scholarship Fund to provide additional tuition assistance to worthy students to support their pursuit of a Dickinson College undergraduate education.

Environmental Protection Agency - Environmental Education Model Grants Program. $15,000. (Julie Vastine, ALLARM) ALLARM will collaborate with the Stroud Water Research Center to develop curricula and pilot replicable workshops on a national scale that will introduce and integrate the use of rapidly emerging/expanding technologies in open-source electronics, cyberinfrastructure, and data management tools for citizen scientists and secondary school programs. Curricula and workshops will enable participants to build, deploy, and manage wireless environmental monitoring stations and to interpret and communicate monitoring results that ultimately support environmental stewardship. Monitoring station sensors will include freshwater, soil, and climate sensors such as air and water temperature, water level, electrical conductivity, water clarity/turbidity, dissolved oxygen, solar radiation, wind speed and direction, humidity, air quality sensors (e.g., carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulfide sensors), and soil moisture.  The use of emerging technologies will focus on the construction of high-quality, low-cost, wireless environmental sensors built upon open-source electronics platforms.

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.

IIE Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program, $12,790.  (Sonja Paulsen, CGSE). Dickinson requests one Arabic Teaching Assistant for 2017-2018 academic year. The FLTA will work in the Middle East Studies department for 18 hours per week under the supervision of Magda Siekert, Lecturer. The FLTA will enroll in at least two (2) courses per semester, audit or credit, using tuition waivers issued annually to Center for Global Study & Engagement.


Faculty Awards

Partnership for Better Health. $1,500. (Joyce Bylander, Student Life). The CONNECT/CALC Collaboration between Dickinson College and Carlisle Arts Learning Center is a four-week summer 

NARA - National Historical Publications and Records Commission Program. $76,249. Susan Rose, Sociology), James Gerencser (Library). “Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center - Interrogating and Reclaiming History from Multiple Perspectives.”  This project has three goals: 1) make information and primary documents related to the Carlisle Indian School (CIS) easily and freely accessible, 2) work with “citizen archivists” to create an interactive site to which descendants of the CIS students can contribute their own documents, photos, oral histories, and commentaries; and 3) offer productive ways for the history and legacy of Indian boarding schools to be confronted, discussed, and taught. The Carlisle Indian School is a major site of memory for all Indian nations and those interested in the history of American education.  To achieve the above goals we will:  a) convene a Teacher’s Institute in summer 2017 in Carlisle with specialists in American Indian education, and participants (12 secondary educators) to develop lesson plans that use the CSDRC and other local resources. These plans can then be used in native and non-native classrooms and community centers/libraries around the country; b.) we will also develop curricular toolkits that will contain photographs of CIS students, historical materials from the School, and other materials useful to engaging their students. These kits will be distributed during the next project phase and to educators upon request through CSDRC; c) W will conduct workshops during the academic year 2017-2018, in five regions across the nation to train teachers to use the materials recently developed, and engage their students to use and contribute to the CSDRC. The criteria for selecting these particular Nations and places include: communities who sent the significant numbers of children to Carlisle; interest of these communities in collaboration; and geographic diversity.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation - Moody Research Grant. $3,000. (Casey Nichols, History) “Equal Opportunity Politics: African Americans and Mexican Americans in Post-Civil Rights America” 

Council for International Exchange of Scholars - Fulbright-Queen Mary, University of London Award. $8,500. (Doug Edlin, Political Science) “The Same But Different: Class Action Litigation in the UK and the US” 

Partnership for Better Health, $4,000. Asuncion Arnedo (Spanish & Portuguese) “Migrant Farm Labor Health Outreach - Upper Adams County.” Funds will be used to purchase and distribute over-the-counter health items e.g. toothpaste, muscle-soothing ointments and ibuprofen, to migrant farmer workers working in the Upper Adams county area.

Duke University Center for the History of Political Economy - Fellowship. (Jon Cogliano, Economics)

Neh logo horizontal rgb    National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) 2017 Summer Seminar. $2,700. (Claire Seiler, English, and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.) "Elizabeth Bishop and the Literary Archive”. This three-week summer seminar based in the archives at Vassar College will bring together sixteen college and university professors interested in or influenced by the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) and her circle. The goals of the seminar are to extend and deepen our knowledge and understanding about Bishop, her circle, and literary history; understand key theoretical and critical debates surrounding the archives and literary history; work collaboratively to introduce and develop new methods of interdisciplinary teaching and research in the humanities: strengthen the academic discourse surrounding the ethics of archival research; and develop a deeper understanding of how social issues affect artistic expression.

The Huntington Library – Short-Term Fellowship. $3,000. (Casey Nichols, History) “Equal Opportunity Politics, African Americans and Mexican Americans in Post-Civil Rights America”

Duke University Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellowship for 2017-18.  Full year sabbatical support. (Jerry Philogene, American Studies). Prof. Philogene will be recalibrating her general approach to Haiti and Haitian studies through a visual studies perspective and engaging with the vibrant community of scholars at Duke whose focus is on the nation-state plus those working on global blackness and visual studies.

Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies - Junior Fellowship. €21,000. (Jacob Sider Jost, English) “Interest in the Long Eighteenth Century” 

Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics. $3000. (Katie Marchetti, Political Science). “Gender and Lobbying” is a collaborative project with Tim LaPira at James Madison University and Herschel Thomas at University of Texas – Arlington. The project focuses on women lobbyists in Washington D.C. and the funding will support Marchetti’s travel, meals, and lodging to conduct interviews with lobbyists and other staffers in D.C. during summer 2017. The Catt Prize, awarde by the Catt Center at Iowa State University is an annual competition designed to encourage and reward scholars embarking on significant research in the area of women and politics. Since the first prize was awarded in 1995, 85 projects proposed by 108 researchers have been supported. Numerous proposals from a variety of academic disciplines are received each year. Research projects submitted for prize consideration may address any topic related to women and politics. Scholars at any level, from graduate students to tenured faculty members, may apply. There are usually eight awards per year; the Center received more than 80 applications this year.

Neh logo horizontal rgbNational Endowment for the Humanities - Fellowship. $50,400. (Greg Steirer, English) “Intellectual Property Law and the History of the Narrative-Based Franchise” This work examines the management and development of narrative-based intellectual property through chapter-length studies of media properties dating from the 1920s to 2012. By tracing how the production, distribution, and consumption of these properties are shaped by marketing exigencies, copyright and trademark law, and management strategies for creative labor, I provide a new model for understanding the relationship between intellectual property or “franchises,” authorship/ownership, and narrative. The National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Franklin County Foundation, $1,182 (Asuncion Arnedo; Spanish & Portuguese) Prof. Asuncion Arnedo of Dickinson College seeks support for the project, “2017 Migrant Farm Labor Health Outreach - Franklin.”  Since 2009, Prof. Asuncion Arnedo has been teaching a Spanish language course, “Spanish for the Health Professions” which has included a service-learning component since the creation of this course in 2005. During the course students volunteer four hours a week at health clinics. The clinics serve Spanish-speaking orchard workers in Upper Adams County during the fall. The great majority of individuals who visit the clinics are migrant workers from Mexico who come to Pennsylvania each year for the apple, peach and strawberry harvest. Through a partnership with Keystone Health and their Migrant Health Program, Dickinson students volunteer as interpreters for the Spanish-speaking farm workers and the English-speaking health providers. Students and health care workers also go into the migrant camps to provide basic health care and assess needs for further treatment.  Arnedo and the students also distribute “health care packs” e.g., ointments for muscle aches, toothpaste and pain relievers, to workers who have limited access to health care.

Student Awards