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 included a two-and-a-half-day workshop in Orlando and a follow-up meeting in Washington DC.
  • Assistant professor of fashion studies Heike Jenss worked closely with a leading senior scholar of fashion studies at the University of California-Davis. During her weeklong research visit, Jenss shaped her research and materials into her first English-language monograph. Her mentor read through some of her draft materials and provided hands-on questions and comments that helped her strengthen her focus. The visit also included meetings with a group of PhD students and other faculty who provided feedback. Inspired by their research interests, Jenns and her mentor proposed and co-chaired a panel at an annual meeting of the Popular Culture Association.  
  • Jane Ira Bloom will use her grant to fund duet rehearsals with jazz artist and drummer Gerard Faroux, a protégé and lifelong friend of jazz legend drummer Ed Blackwell (the drummer of the original 1960s Ornette Coleman quartet). The mentoring relationship will be fostered through two dinner meetings after the rehearsals and through a guest lecture and demo presentation in Bloom’s Ornette Coleman Ensemble class. This project offers Bloom a rare opportunity to glean information about the felt history of jazz innovator Ornette Coleman's music from someone who lived among his community of musicians. Rehearsing with Faroux and experiencing rhythms firsthand may provide insights and knowledge that will influence the Coleman-inspired rhythmic and melodic line writing in Bloom's jazz compositions.

Examples of New School Team Grants

  • A team of faculty from Parsons (School of Design Strategies and School of Art, Media, and Technology) and from NSPE’s Media Studies program developed a faculty-led working group to foster a creative culture of DIY (do-it-yourself) learning, research, and community-based civic engagement. The team held regular informal meetings and organized two retreats, each incorporating the participation of an external mentor and attendees from outside of the university. During the retreats, the faculty discussed DIY and participatory culture as an emerging area of scholarship, research, and creative practice and the challenges of securing external funding to support such endeavors. Both external mentors had experience securing funding and offered advice in this area. The team also organized two public lectures. Through this mentoring project, faculty members expanded their professional networks and developed innovative tools, methods, and modes of creative inquiry for peer-based learning and co-production. 
  • A team grant was awarded for 2013-2014 to support a community of interdisciplinary scholars from divisions across the New School, all working on questions related to gender-based differences and inequities at the New School. Mentorship and intellectual dialogue are sometimes lacking within the faculty members' own departments, and this grant supports a community that meets regularly to read one another's work, exchange ideas, share ways to approach the issue of gender, and discuss career challenges such as applying for related fellowships or grants, career reviews, developing new feminist pedagogies, and engaging the public on these topics. The project helps faculty benefit from connections with scholars, practitioners, and activists outside of The New School by bringing external mentors to speak to the faculty members' specific confluence of concerns and interests and to help in community building, research, and activism. A graduate student will be hired to record the events and create a website and blog available to all those interested in gender studies at the New School.
  • Supported by a team mentoring grant, Parsons' Academic Promotion and Tenure Committee hosted an all-day event titled What Is Peer Review? Designed for full-time faculty across subject areas and focused on practice-based learning, this event raised awareness of the range of options for peer review and dissemination of research, scholarship, and creative practice throughout faculty members' career trajectories at Parsons and The New School. Panels identified distinctions and commonalities between traditional, practice-based, juried/curated, and online modes of peer review. In addition, one session was dedicated to examining the scholarship of teaching. 

Examples of Grants Awarded by the University of Massachusetts Amherst

The New School's Mentoring Grants program was modeled on 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 can be funded by Mentoring Grants. Read about projects funded by small grants called micro-grants  here and about projects funded by team grants here.

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