The Johnson Teaching Grant offers funding of up to $1000 to cover expenses for innovative teaching projects. Applications from all disciplines are encouraged.

These funds are issued as reimbursement for materials, supplies, travel related to the project, conference attendance, or for a student assistant. Please note that student assistants must be paid according to the College Guidelines document. Meals are not funded unless incorporated in a conference registration fee.  Please provide a detailed budget including funds contributed by the department or other cost sharing.  Refer to the Accounts Payable website for reimbursement guidelines.  Be sure to include requested RPDG funds including the amount requested or received and what component of the project it is funding. JCCTL and the Provost are in communication to determine optimal funding to applicants.

This application can be saved as a Word document for editing.  Type your answers under each heading.  Applications from all disciplines are encouraged. Please submit this application along with a two page vita to Paula Baer at Deadlines for application are October 20 and February 20.

Recipients of a JCCTL fellowship or grant must submit a written report at the conclusion of their project and be willing to make one or more presentations about their work in appropriate on-campus venues.


Johnson Teaching Grant Recipients



Rachel Lesser, Visiting Assistant Professor, Classics

Rachel was awarded $550.00 to attend the Paideia Institute’s Living Latin annual conference as well as a supplementary one-day pedagogy workshop, “Active Latin with Justin Slocum Bailey” at Fordham University Law School, NY. Professor Lesser reports that the three days of professional development to be extremely helpful and potentially transformative for how she teaches Latin and ancient Greek. The training opened up an entirely new way of engaging with the ancient languages—hearing and speaking them instead of only interacting with them on the printed page. The class sessions and the follow-up workshop were also helpful as pedagogical models, particularly for developing her sense of exactly how to use spoken Latin or ancient Greek in the classroom and in giving her new pedagogical tools that she looks forward to implementing with her students.


Eleanor Hogan, Associate Professor, East Asian Studies: Japanese Track

Eleanor will be using her award of $1000 during the Fall semester of 2016 to support her travel to Japan to visit the Autumn Festivals which will provide important cultural materials for her classes.

Sarah Jacobs, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art & Art History

Sarah was awarded $788 to cover the cost of materials needed for her Advanced Painting Mural Project.  The goal of this project was to produce a large-scale artwork in the community and to teach her students career-related skills through hands-on experience planning and executing the project. 

Bob Patierno, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art & Art History

Bob received $1000 to cover expenses associated with his project to produce large-scale steam roller prints with his students in Intermediate Printmaking. 

View photos of the Block Printing Demo on Flickr!


Nicholas Mitchell, Assistant Professor, Health Sciences

Nicholas was awarded $2,000 to attend the Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop to identify best practices for teaching scientific writing. Professor Mitchell’s goal is to improve how scientific writing is taught in his department. Currently writing projects are one-off exercises designed to meet the needs of individual instructors, an isolated approach to writing instruction that makes it difficult to provide the appropriate scaffolding necessary to support skill development and establish assessment milestones. Professor Mitchell will evaluate all Health Sciences syllabi in his department and will work with his colleagues to design a scientific writing and assessment curriculum for Health Sciences majors.

Kim Spayd, Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Kim was awarded $600 for materials needed to demonstrate the Heat Equation in Mathematics 381, a special topics course that focused on Partial Differential Equations.


Jenny Dumont (Spanish) was awarded $1,060 to purchase five copies of the textbook and workbook Conversaciones Escritas to teach Spanish to native and heritage speakers. This is a follow-up to the workshop held in August 2013 that addressed teaching Spanish to this type of student (See Johnson CenterDepartment/Program Grants).

Salma Monani (Environmental Studies) received $705 to attend the 2014 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference March 19-March 23 at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Professor Monani participated in a pedagogy panel entitled “Green Media Studies: Integrating Environmental and Media Studies in the Classroom and Beyond,” a panel designed to help faculty share and discuss innovative ways of teaching courses such as Professor Monani’s ES 319: Environmental Film and ES 225: Introduction to Environmental Humanities. Professor Monani, the only environmental humanities and media scholar in her department, used her attendance at this conference to connect with other similar scholars who could serve as content-specific resources. Attendance at this particular conference was also a crucial means of keeping up to date in her field.

Rud Platt (Environmental Studies) received $1,050 to attend Google’s “Geo for Higher Ed Summit”
July 22-24, 2013 in San Francisco. This conference was devoted to web mapping in the cloud, a skill
that Professor Platt wanted to incorporate in his courses. He planned to design, in particular, a
new unit on web mapping for ES312: Environmental Applications of GIS that would require students to design an interactive web map related to their final project.

Eileen Stillwaggon (Economics) was awarded $1,000 to help defray the cost of a workshop held at
Johns Hopkins University. Professor Stillwaggon wished to increase her ability to use TreeAge
software so that she is comfortable with its advanced features and is more comfortable teaching the
basics as well as the advanced features to her students. The two courses that have most clearly
benefitted from the workshop are Economics 401 Senior Seminar: Research Methodologies in the
Sciences and Social Sciences as well as the senior seminar for International Affairs.

Jeff Williams (Interdisciplinary Studies), who teaches Film Studies 220: Video Production, was
awarded $2818 to attend the Maine Media Workshops and College and participate in a week-long,
hands-on course on Avid editing. His goals were to increase the instructor’s skill level to improve
instruction in the course and to use Avid for more advanced student work. This would allow those
enrolled in the course to have an edge in career development since Avid is the industry standard.