Teaching Resources : Mellon Tri-College Faculty Forum
As a result of funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Tri-College Faculty Forum Grant was established to support initiatives and programs that encourage and foster collaborations between faculty at Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges. These collaborations can be in areas of pedagogy, research, and governance/service, and one of the primary goals of the grant is to help strengthen and broaden the intellectual pursuits of faculty in the tri-college community, encourage collaboration and in many cases, encourage interdisciplinary endeavors. The Forum funds four separate initiatives, of which the Brainstorming Grants and Seed Grants can be used for teaching support and curricular development.
Brainstorming grants are available to support tri-co faculty members who share common interests. Awards range from$400-$600, and can be used for lunches, dinners or other gatherings where meaningful discussions, brainstorming sessions, workshops, and interactions can occurwith peers from the three campuses. The goal of the brainstorming grant is to encourage faculty gatherings in order to discuss scholarly interests, curricular projects and program initiatives. The Brainstorming proposal deadline is typically in early November, and notification of the successful grant awards usually follows several weeks later.
The Seed Grant Fellowships support innovative faculty projects related to research, teaching, curriculum, or service/governance. The grants are flexible as to the nature and scope of the initiatives funded. Projects might include faculty working groups, topical workshops or symposia, exchanges with other liberal arts colleges or universities, invited speakers, travel money for faculty training, etc. Fellowship support includes up to$3,000per project, to reimburse expenses appropriate to the nature of the proposal such as travel, hosting events, small honoraria for outside speakers, materials and equipment, etc.