Examples of Mini Grants and Team Grants
Examples of New School Mini-Grants
- Doris Chang, Associate Professor of Psychology at The New School for Social Research, received funds for travel and participation in the 2012 American Psychological Association Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, a program designed to prepare, support, and empower women psychologists as leaders to promote positive changes in institutional and organizational life. The program involves a two-and-a-half-day workshop in Orlando and a follow-up meeting in Washington DC.
- Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies Heike Jenss will work closely with a leading senior scholar of fashion studies at University of California-Davis. During her week-long research visit, Jenss will work on turning her research case studies into a book project. She will present her work to faculty and graduate students for feedback during her visit.
- Jane Ira Bloom will use her grant to fund duet rehearsals with jazz artist/drummer Gerard Faroux, a protégé and life-long friend of jazz legend drummer Ed Blackwell (the drummer of the original 1960’s Ornette Coleman quartet). The mentoring relationship will be fostered through two dinner meetings after the rehearsals and through a guest lecture/demo presentation in Bloom’s Ornette Coleman Ensemble class.
Examples of New School Team Grants
- A team of faculty from Parsons (School of Design Strategies and Art, Media and Technology) and from NSPE’s Media Studies program will develop a faculty-led working group to foster a creative culture of DIY (do-it-yourself) learning, research, and community-based civic engagement. Faculty will work to develop new opportunities and innovative tools, methods, and modes of creative inquiry for peer-based learning and coproduction, and to critically reflect upon the social and creative processes involved. Two day-long retreats will include speakers from outside of the university who will help New School faculty expand their professional network and consult on specific areas of expertise. The DIY working group will offer one public program to provide a venue for faculty collaboration and presentation of outcomes as well as create a shared project blog featuring individual and jointly developed research/teaching efforts emerging from the mutual mentoring work.
- The Parsons Fashion Research, Scholarship, and Creative Practice (RSCP) Colloquium project includes all faculty of the Parsons Fashion community, across the Schools of Fashion, ADHT, SDS, and AMT. A one-day colloquium will feature a renowned expert on practice-based research design and will serve as an opportunity to share methods and modes of creative research practice across Fashion communities at Parsons. A handbook of “RSCP shorthand” will be created for faculty at all levels to provide a loose framework for the colloquium. The aim is to enrich dialogues about the range of creative research and practice currently pursued across Parsons and the broader discipline/industry, its role in faculty and student development, and potential impacts within and beyond the classroom and curriculum.
- Eleven faculty from Lang, NSSR, Parsons, and NSPE received a grant to support community building, research, and pedagogical innovation amongst those interested in gender-based differences and inequalities at the New School. Faculty meetings will meet twice per semester to read each other’s work, exchange ideas, and/or share different ways to approach the issue of gender: through theory, design, aesthetic practice, anthropology, history, media studies, philosophy, politics, psychology, food studies, and so on. In addition, the group will invite a prominent scholar to lecture and meet with interested faculty and students. The grant will also be used to help fund an Op-ed Project seminar at The New School. The Op-ed Project works with top universities, foundations, non-profits and other communities to increase the number of women participating in public debate and contributing to public knowledge. As part of this work, a graduate student will be hired to record the events, and create a website/blog available to all those interested in Gender Studies at the New School.
Examples of Grants awarded by the University of Massachusetts Amherst
The New School's Mentoring Grants program was modeled after the Mutual Mentoring program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Lists of grants awarded by the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development at the University of Massachusetts Amherst serve as additional examples of the types of activities that may be funded by Mentoring Grants. Read about projects funded by small grants, called “micro grants,” here, and about projects funded by team grants here.