Briefing: Faculty Write Workshop; Two Bass Connections Opportunities

January 9, 2018

Three items to bring to your attention:

Integrating Research and Teaching

Friday, January 19, 12-1:30, Rubenstein 153

How do research faculty make the turn to studying their teaching? Join a discussion with Professor Leslie Schiff and Professor Julie Reynolds about their National Science Foundation-funded research into teaching in STEM disciplines. Drs. Schiff and Reynolds will discuss their collaboration on the grant, how their own research has informed their teaching, and why they study teaching and learning in their fields. Participants will (1) learn strategies to integrate their research and teaching roles; (2) understand motivations for engaging in scholarship about teaching; (3) identify possible pathways for their own work as teacher/scholars and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to by January 18th.

Leslie Schiff is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Associate Dean for University Curriculum at the University of Minnesota. Julie Reynolds is an Associate Professor of the Practice in Biology at Duke University. She leads the $3 million NSF funded project "Collaborative Research: Accelerating the pace of research and implementation of Writing-to-Learn pedagogies across STEM disciplines."

This workshop is part of the Faculty Write Program series Writing Lives and Teaching Lives. The series is co-sponsored by the Thompson Writing Program, Learning Innovation, and the Language, Arts, and Media Program. More information about the series can be found here.

Bass Connections Funding Opportunities

The Office of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and Bass Connections are pleased to announce two funding opportunities:

  1. All Babies and Children Thrive Seed Grants: Through this new initiative, one-year grants of $20,000 to $30,000 are available to seed innovative and applied research related to early childhood development (prenatal to age 5). Proposals are due March 9, and interested parties are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of intent by February 9(all letters will receive feedback and will be used to form review committees). For more information and the RFP guidelines:
  2. Bass Connections Course Development Grants: Course development funds up to $5,000 are available to support the development or modification of courses that model key elements of Bass Connections (team-based, applied learning around interdisciplinary challenges; multi-level participation when possible; engagement with community organizations). Proposals are due March 2. All regular-rank faculty, including those from professional schools and institutes, may propose courses. Proposers do not need to have previously participated in Bass Connections. Courses may be offered at any level. For more information and the RFP guidelines: