Johnson Creative Teaching Summer Fellowship

This program provides a faculty member with up to $2000 in the summer to cover expenses.  It is designed for labor-intensive teaching projects that do not lend themselves to course releases, that need to be conducted in the summer rather than in the school year, or that are carried out by faculty members who cannot obtain a course release due to departmental pressures. These funds may be used for materials, supplies, or travel related to the project, or for a student assistant to work part-time on the project over the summer. A detailed budget, including cost sharing, must accompany the application. Future applications for all JCCTL awards will be contingent upon submission of reports for previous funding.
Applications due by February 27, 2015


Summer Fellowship Recipients 

Summer 2014

Kathleen Cain, Associate Professor, Psychology
Kathy used her JCCTL funds to travel to Ethiopia to enhance my ability to teach my first year seminar, FYS 102-3: The World’s Children. Her goal was to get firsthand knowledge of challenges facing women and children in Ethiopia, to learn more about experiential education in collaboration with GRAB, and to explore possible long-term collaboration opportunities between Project Gaia in Ethiopia and students in my seminar. Kathy offered this course for the fifth time in Fall 2014. The course addresses issues of culture, children’s development, and children’s rights, and it examines a variety of challenges to children’s rights in a global context.

Laurel Cohen-Pfister, Associate Professor, German Studies
Laurel received funding to a seminar on "Ruin and Revival: History, Modern Memory & Identity" in Germany and Poland. The seminar addressed "the role of historical memory in the formulation of individual and national identities in contemporary post-Holocaust and post-communist Poland and the former East Germany."  is questioning how memory is constructed and transmitted. The seminar explored how memory is constructed and transmitted "through multiple lenses—art, literature, and culture; institutions, education, and politics; place, monument, and memorial" —with a special focus on "the consciousness and relations of a new generation of Poles and Germans, their past, their present, and their future." Laurel used this information for the development of her GER 331, Politics of Memory in German Media. 

Cassie Hays, Assistant Professor, Sociology
Cassie received funds to attend the International Sociological Association World Congress meeting in Yokohama, Japan to ‘internationalize’ the course she teaches regularly: SOC 209, ‘Race & Ethnicity.’  The global version of the course focuses on the historical bases and contemporary outcomes of colonialism, post-colonialism, race-thinking, and racism. This enables students to better understand that racism is a worldwide problem.

Jacquelynne Milingo, Associate Professor, Physics
Jackie used her summer fellowship to attend a workshop Portland, OR that concentrated on Research-Based Active Learning in Introductory Physics. The techniques and discussion surrounding physics education research was applicable to the classes she teaches and benefits the physics department. The new strategies and methods learned in this workshop were immediately applicable to her lectures and labs.

Summer 2013

Paul Austerlitz, Associate Professor, Sunderman Conservatory of Music
Paul received a grant to support his attendance to the Barry Harris study group, New Roads in Jazz Pedagogy.  Paul writes, "In addition to leading to new pedagogical approaches, this summer's labors revitalized my own playing: combining study with Harris with hands-on application of his ideas in collaboration with top-level players on a near-nightly basis was exhilarating!"

Felicia Else, Associate Professor, Art and Art History and Kay Etheridge, Associate Professor, Biology
Felicia and Kay received a grant to develop a hands-on component to their team-taught course, Wonders of Nature and Artifice: The Renaissance Quest for Knowledge. The funds received supported preparation for an exhibit to take place November 2012, construct an inventory of materials in Special Collections, the Biology department and other locations on campus suitable for students to use, and a student worker to assist with these tasks. 

Salma Monani, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies
Salma received a grant to acquire the video production skills that are required of her students in her Environmental Film and FYS: Green Eggs and Government Cheese courses.  This film module exposes students to both theory and practice.

Yumi Takamiya, Assistant Professor, Asian Studies
Yumi received the Creative Teaching Fellowship Grant to travel to Japan to collect books, DVD's, an authentic materials needed to enhance her 305/306 Japanese Language courses.