The JCCTL Department/Program Funding grant is designed to provide support for curriculum development, revision, or innovation carried out by a department or program as a whole. The range of possibilities is broad but the proposed changes should be significant, substantive, and not readily accomplished through ordinary departmental procedures. Proposals may develop out of an external review or other departmental assessment of needs. Department chairs or program coordinators are encouraged to discuss potential projects with the JCCTL Director. Normally, awards will not exceed $2000 but the JCCTL will consider larger requests based on the quality of the proposal and the availability of funds. Applications from all disciplines are encouraged.
This application can be saved as a Word document for editing. Type your answers under each heading. Please provide a detailed budget including funds contributed by the department or other cost sharing. Refer to the Accounts Payable website for reimbursement guidelines. The Department Chair or Program Coordinator should submit this application along with his or her two page vita to Paula Baer at email@example.com by March 31, 2017.
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.
JCCTL Department/Program Funding Recipients
The Department of Physics was awarded funding to support the costs of training their faculty in the use of its new SciDome, a digital curved-field projection system designed for use in planetariums that support K-12 and higher education as well as public education and outreach efforts. By providing funds for the training, the JCCTL contributed to the department’s larger efforts to revamp its planetarium and to revise its teaching.
The Department of Health Sciences which wishes to begin developing a minor in Public Health. The requested funds will allow one or two faculty members to attend a conference and initiate discussions with members of other departments.
The Spanish Department received $2,010 to cover the cost of a workshop addressing the needs of native and heritage speakers of Spanish. Gettysburg College has experienced an increase in the number of students who self-identify as Hispanic over the last several years, and the Spanish department has an increased number of native speakers in their classes. Among the traits that often distinguish this group of students from second language learners are a contrast in their active and passive language skills, lack of exposure to different styles and written texts, and internalized negative attitudes with regard to the value of minority languages and to the absent linguistic purism that stigmatizes the language they speak. The Spanish Department faculty collectively agreed that they could and should do more to revise the framework of existing pedagogical practices and curriculum to meet the needs of heritage speakers. Following the workshop the Spanish Department was able to identify the materials they needed.
The Education Department received funds to organize a small group of faculty to participate in seminar-style conversations about the state of teacher education at Gettysburg College and how it should evolve. With this goal in mind the Education Department was awarded $4,036.20. Professor Powell brought a group of self-selected faculty together at the end of the Fall semester to outline what they wished to do. These colleagues represented, among others, English, History, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, French, German, Spanish, Economics, Environmental Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Mathematics, and Political Science, areas for which Gettysburg College offers teacher certification. Participants received a copy of A Good Teacher in Every Classroom, the report that resulted from a commission charged by the National Academy of Education to synthesize current scholarship on teacher preparation and to make recommendations for teacher education programs. The group met every two weeks over the course of the Spring semester, discussing the challenges of bringing back elementary certification to Gettysburg College, our curriculum in terms of the program we offer or could offer, and how we might use the education program to enhance our relationship with the larger community. One of the key takeaways was that the group would like to strengthen the relationship with the Spanish Department and with the College’s Center for Public Service.