Nexus Grants for Faculty

Grants for Academic Year 2018 - 2019 Due May 18th - 5:00 PM

You are invited to apply for a Curriculum Development Grant through the Nexus Program. Founded in 2008, Nexus is the College's original Curriculum to Career program and the progenitor of the Lynk. It offers nine tracks through the liberal arts where students explore their career goals and integrate their learning across the breadth of the College curriculum (see below). For students, a Nexus consists of four thematically connected courses from across the disciplines, an internship, and participation in College 211, including a presentation at LEAP Symposium.

Nexus curriculum grants are intended to support faculty's curriculum development efforts, and can be used to 

  • create a new course
  • revise an existing course
  • link two or more courses
  • invite Embedded Practitioners into a course
  • propose a faculty seminar to explore a new Nexus track.

Details of each call are below. In every case, we ask that you address the following questions in your brief proposal (no more than 2-3 pages please). Please consult the relevant Nexus track chair (see list below) before applying.

  • Which Nexus track will your proposed course support? What level is the course and what is the anticipated student demand?
  • How does the proposed course contribute to existing Nexus track offerings?
  • How sustainable is the course? Will it be taught on an ongoing basis? What department or program will sponsor it? If several faculty members are involved, how many are willing and able to teach this course on a rotating basis?
  • How is the course related to College Learning Goals and our curriculum to career commitment?

Eligible applicants are continuing teaching faculty of all ranks who will be teaching in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019. New faculty are particularly encouraged to think about nexus curriculum development as they develop their courses. 

Call for Proposals for Nexus Curriculum Development, Fall 2018 

  1. One or more faculty may apply for funds up to $4,000 for sustained work to develop a NEW course that will support one or more of the Nexus tracks. Applicants (or lead applicant) must be tenure-track, tenured, or on long-term senior lecturer contracts.
  2. One or more faculty may apply for funds up to $ 2000 for sustained work to REVISE a course that will support one or more of the Nexus tracks. Applicants (or lead applicant) must be tenure-track, tenured, or on long-term senior lecturer contracts.
  3. Pairs of faculty can apply for Nexus funds of $1500 each to link their classes. Faculty have voiced a strong interest in linked classes, some people are already linking classes, and our goal is to experiment with formats and models. Minimally, linked classes would connect students in each class in meaningful shared work. This may be an assignment, sustained discussion, or joint class meetings. We are open to ideas in this pilot.
  4. Faculty may apply for funds ranging from $3,000-6,000 to support efforts to bring an embedded practitioner into the classroom to engage in sustained relationships with students in some way. There are multiple structures for including embedded practitioners in your classroom. Previous practitioners have taught or co-taught entire courses, occupied short-term residencies, or participated in ongoing virtual involvement in a course. Preference is for non-academic people – those truly “in practice”. Award amounts depend on the number of practitioners and length of involvement with the course.
  5. A group of faculty may apply for funds up to $7,500 to support a faculty seminar devoted to creating a new Nexus track.

Please email proposals to Eleanor Townsley (etownsle@mtholyoke.edu). A Nexus proposal committee will review proposals. Questions?   Please ask Eleanor Townsley or Nexus Coordinator Katie Walker (kwalker@mtholyoke.edu). 

Nexus Tracks and Chairs

Data Science, Andrea Foulkes, Valerie Barr, Martha Hoopes

Development Studies, Holly Hanson, Catherine Corson

Educational Policies and Practice, Sarah Frenette

Engineering, Kathy Aidala, Maria Gomez

Global Business, Mike Robinson, Steve Schmeiser

Journalism, Media & Public Discourse, Eleanor Townsley, Ken Tucker

Law, Public Policy & Human Rights, Elif Babul, Andy Reiter

Nonprofit Organizations, Mike Robinson, Rick Feldman

Museums, Archives & Public History Bettina Bergmann, Lan Wu