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Humanities Course Development Grants

The College Dean’s Office supports the development of new courses or the substantial revision of existing courses in the humanities and humanistic social sciences through two grant: the Meliora First-Year Seminars and Humanities for Life Courses.

These programs that are funded in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s “Humanities for Life” grant to the School of Arts and Sciences.

All proposals for Humanities Course Development Grants must be submitted through the College Course Development Grant funding portal.

The deadline for submission of proposals for both grant programs for courses to be taught during AY 2020-2021 is February 27, 2020.

Meliora Seminars

Meliora Seminars are small courses intended primarily for first-year students centered on topics in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.  The goal of these seminars is to introduce students to the richness and importance of humanistic study and to foster early exposure by providing a first-year focused humanities curriculum taught by faculty who are members of humanities or humanistic social science departments. The seminars are designed to contribute to a robust humanities community on campus, and to reach undergraduates at the outset of their college careers.

As in the past, the program will be flexible about seminar topics. Our hope is that the seminars will incorporate questions and research from diverse fields within the humanities. Previously-offered seminars have included components such as:

  • Explicit attention to the relevance of the course material to contemporary social issues
  • Reading-and-discussion small class formats of twelve to fifteen students
  • Pedagogical approaches known to appeal to first-year students and to enhance learning

In collaboration with the College’s Writing, Speaking and Argument Program, the seminars can serve as an acceptable alternative option for students who petition out of WRT 105. We ask departments to continue to find ways to enable students to use the seminars in clusters, minors, and majors.

The maximum award is $6000. Faculty may request up to half of that amount to use as summer support or to provide support for replacement instructors depending upon departmental needs.

  • Examples of Previously Funded Courses:
    • Democracy: Past and Present
    • Love and Justice
    • Who Owns the Past?
    • Ecolinguistics
    • Climate Futures
    • Thoreau’s Nature
  • Sample Proposal: Who Owns the Past?

Proposals will be reviewed by the deans in consultation with the Humanities Curriculum Committee and final funding decisions will be made by the deans. Faculty will be notified of funding decisions by March 31, 2020.

Interested faculty should reach out to Anne Merideth (anne.merideth@rochester.edu) or Joan Rubin (joan.rubin@rochester.edu) with any questions.

Humanities for Life Courses

The Mellon “Humanities for Life” grant also provides funding for the development of new courses or the substantial revision of old courses with the aim of revitalizing and refreshing the College’s curriculum in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.  In particular, this grant program is intended to support courses that: 

  • Enrich humanities offerings at the upper levels of the curriculum
  • Facilitate multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary approaches to common questions and issues, balancing both divergent and shared approaches to those questions and issues
  • Foster intellectual exchange among both faculty and students from humanistic, scientific, and social scientific fields

Previously-offered courses have included components such as:

  • Team-teaching
  • Connecting students to the humanities on the campus or in the community outside of the classroom

The maximum award is $6000. Faculty may request up to half of that amount to use as summer support or to provide support for replacement instructors depending upon departmental needs.

  • Examples of Previously Funded Courses:
    • Molecules of Power
    • Gender and Anger
    • The City

The interdisciplinary, team-taught course on “The City,” although designed and implemented prior to the award of the Mellon grant, is an additional model for a “Humanities for Life” course.

Proposals will be reviewed by the deans in consultation with the Humanities Curriculum Committee and final funding decisions will be made by the deans.  Faculty will be notified of funding decisions by March 31, 2020.

Interested faculty should reach out to Anne Merideth (anne.merideth@rochester.edu) or Joan Rubin (joan.rubin@rochester.edu)