Clark U Awarded $620,000 Grant from Mellon Foundation
Friday, July 08, 2016
“At Clark, we seek to offer our students opportunities to connect what they learn in the classroom with genuine problems faced by professionals working in humanities-related fields. This project will strengthen the effective practice, skills-building component of our LEEP initiative, which immerses students in projects addressing issues, challenges and opportunities at partnering organizations," said Matthew Malsky, dean of college and associate provost.
What the Grant Will Do
The new curriculum efforts will connect scholarship, creative practice and teaching all of which practice the humanities in the world.
Clark U will create and integrate into every humanities major a new type of course which will immerse students in projects addressing challenges and opportunities experienced by humanities-related organizations.
By the time the grant ends, Clark expects to be able to create numerous "problems of practice" courses across the humanities majors and to establish the communities of effective practice needed to continue offering the courses.
Students in all majors will have opportunities to take course which engage them in significant and meaningful projects, in worlds beyond the classroom.
“We anticipate learning a great deal from the work to be done,” Malsky said.
In summary, the anticipated benefits of these Clark initiatives include:
- For students, an enriched experience and skill-building opportunities that will give them an edge after graduation.
- For faculty, resources to create connections and build networks for their courses but also to invigorate their research and creative efforts.
- For partner organizations and professionals, connections with Clark faculty and the energy and work of students through project activities that can enhance organizations and bring new perspectives to problems and opportunities.
- For the humanities field, training for the next generation of humanities professionals to keep the field strong and vibrant.
The project as a whole will also benefit liberal education efforts nationwide by testing this model of interdependent courses, experiences and supporting networks.
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