Nexus Grants for Faculty

Nexus Curriculum Development for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

Applications due Monday May 20, 2019

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.

Track chairs evaluate evidence that proposals have addressed the following questions:

  • Has the relevant Nexus track chair been consulted? See list below before applying.
  • How does the course contribute to Nexus track offerings? What level is the course and what is the anticipated student demand?
  • 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?
  • How is the course related to College Learning Goals?
  • How is the course related to Nexus' curriculum to career commitment?
  • For faculty seminars and embedded practitioners, is there a budget?
  • For Embedded Practitioner request, what is the role of the practitioner and what are their credentials?

Eligible applicants are continuing teaching faculty of all ranks who will be teaching in Fall 2019 or Spring 2020. New faculty are particularly encouraged to think about Nexus curriculum development as they develop their courses.

Deadline for Proposals: Monday, May 20, 2019 by 5 pm.

Call for Proposals for Nexus Curriculum Development, Fall 2019

  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 $2,000 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 $1,500 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 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 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