Grant: Instructional Development Fund (IDF)
Project Title Overview of the Project
Art in the Anthropocene: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Performance, Politics, and Ecology
10/21/2019 - 10/26/2019
From October 21-26, 2019 I will be hosting a symposium in tandem with my newly devised course, Special Topics in Choreography: Art & Ecology. This interdisciplinary symposium will bring together renowned artists and scholars across the fields of dance, science and technology studies, and women’s studies who are currently working at the intersections of performance, art, and ecology. It will consist of six workshops, one professional panel, one student panel, and five live performances. Through all of these activities we will be examining the relationship between the arts and sciences during what is often referred to as ‘The Anthropocene,” meaning the current epoch in which human impact on Earthly geography is undeniable and irreversible. We will investigate our roles and responsibilities as artists and scholars making work in response to our current political-social-ecological climate. In dialogue with current critical discourse between art, science, and feminist theory, specifically the work of Donna Haraway and Karen Barad, this symposium merges dance and choreographic inquiry with studies in ecology, infrastructure, postcolonial theory, and queer and feminist approaches to art-making. In doing so we are collectively asking the question: In what ways can we design choreographic/art-making processes and practices that reflect and challenge broader quotidian movement systems, such as urban ecosystems, activism models, systemic inequalities, and interspecies relationships? All events are free and open to the public.
Postural Yoga Laboratory
Nachiket Chanchani
09/01/2019 - 12/10/2019
see attached document
Improvisation class -Collaborative residency with puppet artist and director Tom Lee
Amy Chavasse
Tom Lee, a Chicago and NYC based director, designer and puppeteer, will work with the students in my Performance Improvisation class for two sessions in the Fall 2019 term. During his first visit, (9/12, Tom will introduce students to concepts of puppetry, using butcher paper as a design element to consider while composing movement improvisation. The students will be tasked with undertaking improvisational research with paper, while examining the possibilities offered by unfamiliar forms. He will visit the class prior to our performance and live-stream at The Duderstadt Video and Performance Studio.
Sugarbrook Community Engaged Learning Project
Ayesha Ghazi
09/09/2019 - 12/11/2019
The Sugarbrook Community Engaged Learning Project is a partnership between the School of Social Work, Habitat for Humanity, & the residents of Ypsilanti’s Sugarbrook neighborhood. The partnership was facilitated, & has ongoing support, by the Ginsberg Center. Through fostering meaningful, equitable relationships, students leverage university resources to help Sugarbrook residents advance their equity, & overcome obstacles resulting from historic & ongoing racial & economic oppression. Students have joined the neighborhood's resident-led Action Teams, including Amenities, Neighbor Relations, Kettering, & Youth Activities, working with residents as they conduct neighborhood action to improve their lives. Some of these actions include advocating for speed abatements & curbs from the township, addressing neighborhood safety concerns, working with Ypsilanti Community Schools to convert an abandoned school site to a neighborhood green space, and conducting activities & events for youth, & events to foster and strengthen neighbor relations. In conducting this work, students use an asset, strength-based organizing approach, focused, & helping residents to identify, their capacity, resources, motivation, & tools for change. Students participate in resident-led action that includes a process of collaboratively identifying neighborhood issues, assessing history & context, identifying actionable objectives, implementing interventions, evaluating outcomes, & sustaining change. In doing so, students learn real-life application of social work tenets, tools, & organizing strategies, such as the necessity of fostering genuine relationships, being aware of identities & their intersection with power & privilege, understanding that those affected by an issue, know best the solution to that issue, & that social work practice is approaching environments, individuals, groups, & communities, with a focus on strengths & assets - not deficits.
Against the Grain: Transversal and Micro-Connectivities in the Ancient Western Mediterranean
Linda Gosner
02/14/2020 - 02/28/2020
This three-day public symposium and workshop, "Against the Grain: Transversal and Micro-Connectivities in the Ancient Western Mediterranean" will bring together an international group of scholars, University of Michigan faculty, and graduate students to discuss theoretical and archaeological approaches to mobility and connectivity through an exploration of case studies from the ancient western Mediterranean. It will consist of public lectures by three senior scholars, a UM graduate student poster session, and a workshop of pre-circulated papers by junior scholars with graduate students serving as discussants. Because of linguistic and national scholarly divisions, the archaeology of the prehistoric and classical western Mediterranean (especially, Iberia, North Africa, southern France, and the western Mediterranean islands) is often omitted from American traditions of teaching and scholarship. The workshop aims to break down these divisions through two aims that tie closely with pedagogy. First, the idea for this event emerged from conversations in my graduate seminar on the same topic convened last semester. The graduate students enrolled contributed to the intellectual framing and planning of the event, which will, in turn, give them and additional UM students an opportunity to showcase their new research and network with senior and emerging international scholars. Secondly, the workshop will result in an edited volume published in English with the aim of facilitating the visibility and access of new work in the region to a wide academic audience. The events will be free and open to the UM community and wider public.
Social Work is a Political Profession
Justin Hodge
02/19/2020 - 02/20/2020
The purpose of the project is to create an initiative that provides social work professionals practical steps to engage in political action. It will be a two-part event: first, there will be a seminar for up to 100 students led by Dr. Lane and it will be followed by a dinner reception with 20 students to dive deeper into a conversation of how social workers can hold elected office positions to drive social change. This seminar will promote critical thinking for current graduate students and inform their professional political identity. She will discuss how to engage individuals and communities in voting, influencing policy agendas, and seekings and holding elected office. Dr. Lane will introduce critical thinking exercises in the areas of: power, empowerment, and conflict; planning political interventions; empowering voters; persuasive political communication; and making ethical decisions in political social work. The seminar will also touch on the roots of social workers historically involved in political action to challenge systemic social inequality.
Master Class: Dr. Christin Schillnger, bassoonist from Ithaca College
Jeffrey Lyman
02/16/2020 - 02/18/2020
As part of a national series of celebrations and recitals in honor of my primary teacher Bernard Garfield, former principal bassoonist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, I am hosting four guest bassoonists (all former students of mine) who have each carved a unique niche in the larger discipline of bassoon performance and who are all "grand-students" of Garfield. I am seeking assistance from CRLT via the Instructional Development Fund to cover the honorarium of one of these guests, Dr. Christin Schillinger, Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Ithaca College. Dr. Schillinger is an advocate for women composers and women bassoonists, having recently released a compact disc dedicated entirely to music by women, including many newly commissioned pieces written especially for her. Other past recordings have covered a wide range of contemporary compositions for bassoon and piano, bassoon and percussion, and bassoon with voice. Dr. Schillinger has appeared as a featured guest of the Meg Quigley Competition, an event that offers master classes and a competition to young women bassoonists from across the US. Dr. Schillinger has recently published a historical survey of reed making for our instrument titled Bassoon Reed Making (Indiana University Press 2016.)
Impact of traditional versus virtual simulation education for pharmacists on aminoglycoside pharmacokinetic dosing and monitoring
Rima Mohammad
Gregory Eschenauer
Michael Kraft

10/01/2019 - 10/01/2021
Aminoglycosides have narrow therapeutic window and patient-specific pharmacokinetics are highly variable in hospitalized patients; therefore, necessitating intensive therapeutic drug monitoring to prevent supratherapeutic and subtherapeutic levels that can lead to clinical consequences (i.e. nephrotoxicity). It is crucial to provide effective aminoglycoside education to pharmacists. Unfortunately, there is limited data evaluating traditional compared to innovative educational interventions (i.e. computer-based patient simulation) in teaching aminoglycosides. Computer-based patient simulation technology simulates “real-life” clinical scenarios for learners to utilize their critical-thinking skills. We plan to evaluate learning outcomes (knowledge and application) and pharmacist perception of two educational activities on aminoglycosides (traditional vs computer-based simulation). We propose that implementing a computer-based patient simulation educational intervention compared to traditional education on aminoglycosides in pharmacists will improve knowledge and application scores. This study is a prospective, comparative, pilot study (pre- and post-study) will include pharmacists at Michigan Medicine that provide patient care in the adult inpatient setting. The educational interventions will consist of: traditional education (a review document, paper-based cases through a multiple-choice-question competency, and one-hour debrief with an Infectious Diseases clinical pharmacist) or computer-based simulation education (same components of traditional education with computer-based patient simulation activities instead of paper-based cases). Pharmacists will be grouped to receive either traditional (pre-group) or computer-based simulation (post-group) education. Pharmacists will receive pre- and post-assessments and survey evaluation of the activity. Based on the results, we plan to expand computer-based simulation education to all pharmacists and other healthcare professionals hospital-wide and assess the impact of this intervention on patient clinical outcomes.
Scent Mediums and the Sensory Life of Religion: Experiential Learning in “Religion, Media, and Politics” course
Yasmin Moll
09/23/2019 - 12/11/2020
Mediation is central to sensory religion and religious publicity alike. In my course “Religion, Media and Politics” we consider not only the religious use of mass media technologies but also how old and new mediums -- from loudspeakers to billboards to icons to incense -- materially mediated religious sights, sounds, tastes and smells. In class, we experience first-hand the audio, visual and even tactile productions of the religious communities and movements we are studying. This grant extends such experiential learning to smell, perhaps our most overlooked and taken for granted sense. Through group activities around smelling materials and objects of religious significance, we consider how smell intersects with notions of difference, communal belonging and individual memory. This raises new ways of understanding the olfactory sensory politics not just of religion, but also of class, race and gender. It also engenders reflections on the smell-scapes of students’ own everyday life, from advertising to beauty to food.
Connect and Assess
Judith Policicchio
Daicia Price

01/07/2020 - 12/15/2020
An interdisciplinary group including medicine, nursing, and social work was formed for the purpose of providing Michigan graduate and undergraduate students with an interdisciplinary, experiential learning experience in a community setting. The project will use the funding to purchase the Michigan Model of Health. This grade-specific curriculum will be brought into the classrooms of Dixon Educational Learning Academy. At the same time, these health care students will use their assessment skills to identify physical, social, emotional and learning needs.
the 2019 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo
Yoshimi Sakakibara
11/22/2019 - 11/24/2019
I would like to attend the 2019 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, where language educators from around the world meet to learn about foreign language education. The conference goal is to provide a comprehensive professional development experience that will have an impact on language educators at all levels of teaching and in turn help their students to succeed in their language learning process. By attending the research-oriented paper session on study abroad programs, I will be able to become better at guiding students to social networks and helping them become language learners who can set learning goals and chart their progress towards language and intercultural proficiency while in Japan. The other session I would like to attend is titled “Tips and Tools to Promote Learner Agency in the Japanese Language Classroom.” Student agency refers to learning through activities that are meaningful and relevant to learners, driven by their interests, and often self-initiated with appropriate guidance from teachers. I have been trying hard to obtain such skills to improve my communication with my students as well as my teaching methods, but I am not confident in them yet. Thus, I believe that this presentation will aid me in achieving my goals. Attending this conference will be meaningful for myself, my students, and the Japanese program at the University of Michigan.
Adding an Experiential Dimension to Introduction to Judaism
Rebecca Scharbach Wollenberg
09/01/2019 - 12/31/2019
When we learn about the religious traditions of our own heritage communities, it is typically a multi-sensory and immersive experience only loosely connected to the official beliefs of a given religious community. When we are taught about the religious traditions of other heritage communities, it is a very different experience. The first real consideration of non-heritage religious traditions frequently happens at the college level through the mediation of secondary sources or even textbook descriptions of a tradition’s official tenets. The contrast is not benign. One tradition is experienced as a living tradition-—alive, multifaceted, complicated, and rich in sensory experience. The other is experienced through a flattened description given at second hand-—devoid of complexity or moving sensory associations. Moreover, since introductory courses often elide this formal difference, students may be tempted to attribute the unflattering contrast to the religious traditions themselves. This project seeks funding to break down this dichotomy by introducing new students of Judaism in "What is Judaism" (Introduction to Judaism) to some of the smells, sounds, tastes, and textures of Judaism as a religious tradition.
Using a tablet to represent student thinking and aid in formative assessment
Nina White
09/04/2019 - 12/14/2019
I am seeking funding to buy an IPad and accessories for two teaching projects I am implementing this semester. The first project will use the tablet, almost daily, to project my representations of students' diverse numerical strategies. The second will use applications on the tablet to help me with rigorous, ongoing, real-time, formative assessment.
05/01/2019 - 05/30/2019
Almost 50% of patients classified with Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) are unaware of their renal dysfunction and are faced with the imminent possibility of being initiated on dialysis, a form of life-sustaining treatment. Every year, more than 100,000 patients are started on dialysis in the United States. They are faced with a life-altering decision as more than 12 hours a week will be committed to the procedure, with more hours dedicated to transportation and preparation. These patients will also face numerous symptoms such as fatigue, chronic pain, depression and anxiety leading to a poor quality of life. Moreover, after one year of treatment, 1 in 4 patients on dialysis will die, and only 35% of patients survive after 5 years. While more than 75% of patients want to talk to their doctors about end-of-life care, up to 54% of dialysis patients have not had these discussions with their providers. During Adult Nephrology fellowship, while the need for end of life care is recognized by virtually all trainees, there is little to no formal education provided that prepares them to have goals of care conversations with their patients. In fact, over 80% of Nephrology fellows are not offered any clinical training or rotations in Palliative Care. NephroTalk, a curriculum designed especially for Nephrologists, is a workshop that has been proven to be effective for end of life communication skills. Providing this training to Nephrologists is crucial in providing dialysis patients a holistic quality of care they deserve.
Online lectures on Great Lake Science and Management
Karen Alofs
09/17/2018 - 05/31/2020
The project centers on the production of a series of online video lectures by experts which will facilitate flipping the Science and Management of the Great Lakes course in the School for Environment and Sustainability. Lectures will be organized around six themes: the Great Lakes Ecosystem, Economy and Society, Water Quantity, Fisheries Management, Water Quality, Coastal Communities, and Envisioning the Future. Funding will be used to hire a student to coordinate with instructors, facilitate filming, editing and posting lectures online. Students will use the video lectures to develop background knowledge to apply during in class case-studies and discussions. Online lectures will also function as a resource for the broader audience of those interested in the sustainable management of the Great Lakes Region.
Public Health WORKS: A searchable, web-based collection of documents for teaching, professional development, and student recruitment
Ella August
Olivia Anderson

09/15/2018 - 12/15/2018
There is an enormous need to improve writing instruction in public health and UM is no exception. A key principle of developing effective writing assignments is asking students to write in disciplinary rather than more generic formats. Public Health Works will be a searchable, web-based collection of documents from all areas of public health practice that can be used for teaching undergraduate students or graduate students in any department in public health. Instructors can use documents as models for assigning disciplinary writing, and to support informal reflective writing assignments that connect to the activities, roles, values and context of public health. Current public health students will find the information helpful when looking for career options because documents in the collection include background information about the person who created the document, such as their job title (e.g. state epidemiologist), employer (Texas Department of Public Health) and specific activities that led to the creation of the document (e.g., infectious disease surveillance). Prospective students will be able to browse the collection to gain an understanding of what we do in public health. This project builds on a previous grant funded by CRLT which supported development of a collection of workplace writing samples from the public health sub-discipline of epidemiology. The current collection is limited because: (1) the documents are only authored by epidemiologists; (2) the collection is stored on MBox and not easily browsed or searched; (2) the collection has limited representation from minority health professionals.
Bits and Atoms Project Archive
Sophia Brueckner
01/01/2019 - 05/30/2019
The project involves creating an archive of all previous projects from Bits and Atoms and finalizing a project documentation format so the future work of students can be immediately incorporated into the archive. This allows new students to browse previous projects for inspiration as well as to learn about materials and technologies that might be well suited to a project or might be problematic, and it also raises awareness of safety considerations. Most importantly, students themselves are building new knowledge as they experiment with new materials and processes, which then gets incorporated into future courses. This archive will be made available to all students using Stamps' digital fabrication studio and possibly the rest of the university.
M2ENTOR Video Series
Daniel Cronin
02/07/2019 - 05/07/2019
Physicians are rarely taught how to teach, and unfortunately medical students, residents, and faculty have limited time to learn how to teach. This has downstream consequences in the quality of medical education for students and residents. We aim to create an easy-access, no-barrier, on-demand, concise, high-yield and engaging video series which teaches skills and theory for medical education. It is meant to serve as a repository of teaching best practices in medical education for UME, GME and faculty development. It is broken down into multiple different mini-series, with each mini-series focusing on a core topic in medical education (i.e. effective feedback, chalk talks/teaching scripts, presentation best practices, clinical preceptorship, etc.). It is different than a traditional platform-based MOOC (though we may also house it within Canvas for assessment and tracking purposes) which has barriers in being used as a repository of best practices. Each mini-series is broken down into multiple 2-10 minute videos using technological/film best practices to promote learner engagement and recall. The intended outcome is to provide brief, on-demand knowledge-transfer of best teaching practices to busy clinicians, prior to real-world application. This solves the “limited time” problem for these learners. A portion of this content (Effective Feedback) will be piloted with separate groups of learners: students, residents, and faculty with pre/post self-assessment and focus groups to assess efficacy of the video series. Feedback from this assessment will inform future videos.
Incorporating Interdisciplinary Perspectives in an Interdisciplinary Graduate Program: Leveraging Expertise in Education and Engineering in the Development of an Engineering Education Graduate Course on Theoretical Frameworks
Shanna Daly
Erika Mosyjowski

EER 602, Theoretical and Conceptual Frameworks in Engineering Education Research, is a course being developed this year as part of the new Engineering Education graduate program. The course will be taught in a seminar style, with weekly theoretical and empirical readings and a facilitated discussion on those readings each week. This course provides graduate students interested in engineering education with a grounding in the educational frameworks and literature commonly employed in the field, with the ultimate goal of preparing students to be informed consumers and creators of engineering education research. More specifically, we aim for the course to provide students with a foundational understanding of a number of core theories used in the field and the ways they have been and might be applied in the field of engineering education. As engineering education research draws on frameworks from a range of disciplines, including those in social science and education, we aim to incorporate interdisciplinary perspectives into the development of the course. We propose to support the efforts of an advanced doctoral student in higher education to aid with course development, as she has taken extensive coursework in educational theory and is familiar with these theories as applied in the field of engineering education (through her own research and reading that of others). In addition to the contribution of this graduate student’s perspective to the course, the opportunity to work closely with faculty to develop an entirely new course serves as a valuable learning experience and professional development opportunity for her.
De-centering the Global Middle Ages
Hussein Fancy
02/08/2019 - 02/09/2019
“De-centering the Global Middle Ages” is a two-day interdisciplinary symposium hosted by the Department of History that addresses the growing body of scholarship and educational materials on “the global Middle Ages” and “the global turn.” The outcomes of this symposium are specifically geared toward cultivating new ways for researchers to teach and learn about the medieval past and incorporate these ideas into their undergraduate and graduate coursework. Most academic courses define the European “Age of Exploration” or “Age of Discovery” in the early modern period the advent of a globalized world; the materials produced for this symposium, which will include voices from the Americas, Africa, and Asia, will demonstrate that global perspectives emerged earlier and that Europe was not necessarily “at the center” even then, thus offering new perspectives from other areas of the world that will help to reformulate the coursework and views of educators. Different from most symposia, “De-centering the Global Middle Ages” embraces an innovative format and asks for tangible, public-facing outcomes that include bibliographies and primary sources that can be incorporated into teaching and used in the classroom. We hope thereby to contribute to a more inclusive, truly global view of the premodern world that de-centers European interpretations of the Middle Ages and recognizes the significant mobility and connectivity of this period.
What does a conventional dairy farm look like?
Margot Finn
Horning Farms near Manchester, MI is a large, conventional dairy farm with nearly 400 cows on 750 acres whose milk is sold under the Kroger brand. The recent MSU grad who has offered to give us a tour is part of the sixth generation in her family to farm the same land, although they’ve also expanded over the years and made significant changes in what they produce and how. We will see how the cows are housed from birth, hear about the rationale for decisions like whether and when to use antibiotics and hormones, get to ask questions about where their feed comes from and how it was produced, see the milking equipment and hear about what kinds of processing the milk undergoes before leaving the farm, and more. My hope is that our visit to Horning Farms will help us assess the claims we’re reading about what would happen if farms had glass walls and everyone could see what goes on there. Would more people stop consuming meat and dairy if they could see how the animals live? Is it worth paying more for organic or free range products? Should our national agricultural policies introduce new restrictions on farming practices to reduce environmental harms and improve animal welfare? What kinds of things can’t be seen (e.g. greenhouse gas emissions, soil health, the effects on consumers’ bodies)? What are the ethics and politics of witness when it comes to animal agriculture?
Entrepreneurship Case Study Podcasting
Brian Hayden
06/01/2019 - 05/31/2020
Finding Your Venture (ENTR 410) offers a uniquely practical framework for launching a new venture. Our students are bright and capable but lack context and perspective about what happens in business and startups. Guest speakers and storytelling help bridge that gap, but are sub-optimal teaching tools. It’s hard to map what a guest speaker will say to measurable learning objectives and we want to change that. I’ve begun experimenting with video and podcast case studies as a more intentional way to bring context into the classroom,. Episodes of the podcast “How I Built This” have been useful for testing the concept, but a library of case studies that we build ourselves could be even more powerful. I’ve spoken with other faculty who want to use these resources in their courses, and who will use the equipment to create more content.
The Innovative Teaching of Psychology
Katie Jodl
05/22/2019 - 05/24/2019
Sponsored by the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP), the 26th Annual Teaching Institute is a pre-conference workshop that presents best practices in the teaching of psychology by experts in the field. The APS-STP Teaching Institute begins on Wednesday, May 22 and continues through Thursday, May 23 in Washington, DC. Some topics that will be covered this year include integrating meaningful writing activities; methods for fostering student engagement; use of case studies and pop culture; technology and crowdsourcing; and issues of diversity and social justice in the classroom. My goals for attending the Teaching Institute are three-fold: 1) To learn about the current-state-of-the-art with regard to the teaching and mentoring of psychology; 2) To discover innovative ways of presenting psychology that encourages engagement and active learning; and 3) To engage with other educators about best practices related to equity and inclusive teaching principles. In summary, I believe that attending the APS-STP Teaching Institute would contribute in meaningful ways to my continuing professional development as a Lecturer II in UM’s Department of Psychology. As a teacher of psychology, my philosophy is rather simple—to inspire and to be inspired. By attending this conference, I hope to instill a sense of passion about psychology as a worthy field of inquiry in others.
Tester Certification for the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview
Soyeon Kim
06/03/2019 - 06/06/2019
The purpose of the project is to obtain the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Tester Certification granted by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Accurate assessment of the learner's proficiency level is an integral part of language teaching. For the Korean language, OPI is the only standardized test with a speaking component and is thus widely accepted as official proof of Korean oral proficiency. With the tester certification, I would be able to provide OPI ratings for the students who are taking Korean at U of M, revise the curricula of the UM Korean Language Program to meet the OPI standards, and contribute to the training of language faculty on consistent and reliable oral proficiency assessment. This grant will support the first step of the certification process, which is to attend a 4-day OPI Assessment Workshop.
Class Visit Eco/Queer/Feminist Art Practices: Experiential Approaches
Petra Kuppers
02/27/2019 - 02/28/2019
Funding for Class Visit of Meghan Moe Beitiks in Eco/Queer/Feminist Art Practices: Experiential Approaches class (Women's Studies 434)