Nexus Grants for Faculty

Nexus Curriculum Development for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

You are invited to apply for a Curriculum Development Grant through the Nexus Program to:

  • create a new course
  • revise an existing course
  • link two or more courses
  • invite Embedded Practitioners into a course

Applications due April 15, 2022.

Nexus 

Nexus is the College's original Curriculum to Career program and the progenitor of the Lynk internship Program. Nexus offers nine tracks through the liberal arts where students explore their career goals and integrate their learning across the breadth of the College curriculum. 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. Each track has a faculty chair(s).

Grant Types and Funding 2022-23

We seek proposals for courses to support all nine Nexus tracks, but note that in this grant cycle, we are particularly interested in courses that support the Data Analytics & Society Nexus. Please have a chat to the relevant Nexus track chair if you are applying to develop a course to support that track. 

New courses. One or more faculty may apply for funds up to $5,000 for sustained work to develop a NEW course that will support one or more of the Nexus tracks. 

Revised courses. One or more faculty may apply for funds up to $2500 for sustained work to REVISE a course that will support one or more of the Nexus tracks. 

Linked courses. A pair of faculty may apply for Nexus funds up to $1000 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. In every case, linked classes connect students across classes in meaningful shared work. This may be an assignment, sustained discussion, or joint class meetings. 

Embedded Practitioners. Faculty may apply for funds 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 but all are subject to MA labor law and College policies. 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 are limited and depend on the number of practitioners and length of involvement with the course. Awards are made at the discretion of the Dean of Faculty. 

Grant proposals 

Continuing teaching faculty of all ranks who will be teaching in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 are eligible to apply for a Nexus curriculum development grant. New faculty are particularly encouraged to think about Nexus curriculum development as they develop their courses.

Applications should address the following questions: 

a) Has the Nexus track chair been consulted before applying?

b) How does the course contribute to Nexus track offerings? What level is the course and what is the anticipated student demand? 

c) What semester will the course be offered?

d) Is the course sustainable? 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?

e) How is the course related to Nexus’ curriculum to career commitment? What are it’s learning goals? 

f) For embedded practitioners, what is the budget? What is the precise role of the practitioner and what are their credentials? Have you consulted the Dean of Faculty’s office about your plans?

Fall Applications for courses to be taught Spring/Fall 2022 due November 15 2021

Spring Applications for courses to be taught Fall 2022/ Spring 2023 due April 15, 2022

Nexus Tracks and Chairs, 2021-2022 

Data Analytics & Society, Valerie Barr, Dylan Shepardson, Eleanor Townsley
Development Studies, Ayca Zayim, Kevin Surprise
Educational Policies and Practice, Sarah Frenette
Engineering, Kathy Aidala, Maria Gomez
Global Business, Rick Feldman
Journalism, Media & Public Discourse, Eleanor Townsley, Ken Tucker
Law, Public Policy & Human Rights, Elif Babul 
Nonprofit Organizations, Rick Feldman
Museums, Archives & Public History, Desmond Fitz-Gibbon

Please e-mail proposals to Eleanor Townsley. A Nexus proposal committee will review proposals.  

Questions? Please ask Eleanor Townsley or Nexus Coordinator Katie Walker.