Funded Projects
Instructional Development Fund (IDF)
Project Title Overview of the Project
Learning with Sustʻāinable Molokaʻi’s Land back and Food Sovereignty Project
M'Lis Bartlett
Environment and Sustainability (SEAS)
LSA - Program in the Environment (PitE)


Through a 3-week collaborative project with Sustʻāinable Molokaʻi, I will participate in an ongoing community-engaged pedagogy effort supporting land back processes and food sovereignty on the Island of Molokai. Sustʻāinable Molokaʻi’s efforts are an excellent example of how Indigenous-led collaborations can facilitate the multi-year work of land back and the related challenges of ongoing care and restoration of that land. My participation will support the development of future SEAS master's projects supporting the land back and co-management processes. Furthermore, it will serve as a foundation for case studies to be integrated into graduate and undergraduate courses focusing on environmental justice, food justice, and food sovereignty.
Patterning Technology Integration with CLO3D
Sarah Oliver
Music, Theatre & Dance


Fashion and costume designers have moved almost exclusively to working digitally to create their designs in digital rendering programs like Procreate. The companion technology to producing these designs three-dimensionally in patternmaking is utilizing a 3D patterning software like Clo3D. Recognizing that the creation process of garment making can be one of the highest impact points environmentally, I want to find ways to investigate and integrate digital sample creation alongside traditional patternmaking techniques throughout the Design & Production program in Theatre & Drama. Receiving intensive training in 3D patterning software at the United Stated Institute for Technology (USITT) Costume Symposium this summer will allow me to be prepared to directly implement this new maker technology into my coursework and with student makers.
Banned Books Through a Developmental Lens
Shelly Schreier
LSA - Psychology


Across America’s schools, there are recent efforts to ban children’s literature, often related to diversity, equity, social justice, and LGBTQ@+ themes. Research demonstrates the importance of literature for a child’s cognitive, social, and emotional development and highlights the benefits of representation across identities in a diverse society. I developed a multi-class module to evaluate the basis for book challenges and bans, and identify the elements related to determining developmentally appropriate reading material/content for children and adolescents. This unit will be included in the curriculum in my first-year seminar on Psychological Development through Children’s Literature and will also be incorporated into my Social Development course related to identity, representation in the media, the diversity of families, and socioemotional learning as a key part of development. This requested $500 grant will fund books and materials to facilitate exposure and access to a variety of banned books for students to apply course concepts.
A New Math GSI Training Module, “Creating a Climate of Inclusion from Day 1”
Nina White
LSA - Mathematics
Gavin LaRose
LSA - Mathematics
LSA - Mathematics


Before each fall semester the Department of Mathematics provides an intensive week of training for its new instructors (graduate students and postdocs). This program is improved and updated year-to-year, and over the last several years has had an increased focus on and support of equity-minded teaching: our instructors attend the inclusive teaching session in CRLT’s GSITO, and we have integrated an equity-focus into many of the other sessions we offer. One of several planned changes for our training in Summer 2023 (August 21-25) is a new session on “Creating a Climate of Inclusion from Day 1”, in which instructors will work, in detail, on making first-day plans that will help create a welcoming and inclusive environment. This session will be developed with funding from this grant. It will be offered to all of our new instructors this summer (about 50), and in an ongoing manner for similar numbers of instructors in subsequent years.
The Art of Bearing Witness: In Post-Genocide Cambodia and Beyond
Nachiket Chanchani
LSA - History of Art
LSA - Asian Languages and Cultures


Three contemporary artists will speak to students enrolled in my seminar, via Zoom, on the role of the artist as a bearer of witness and/or as an ethnographer in a post-conflict society. These artist talks will help students enrolled in the seminar work towards a key goal of the course: to participate in the organization of a major exhibition that will open at the University of Michigan Museum of Art in February 2024.
Implementing Innovative Teaching Strategies in the N372 Undergraduate Nurse Therapies II Course


Nurse Therapies II is a foundational didactic course that undergraduate nursing students take in their third year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The course teaches students to apply previously acquired anatomy, pathophysiology, and introductory nursing knowledge and develop clinical decision making to care for individuals with or at risk for various ailments. Historically, the course was taught using a uniform format consisting of weekly quizzes and group case study work for the full duration of class; however, students have reported significant stress associated with the quizzes and shown declining engagement with the uniform weekly class format.
Therefore, the purpose of this project is to pilot (a) use of innovative tools (e.g., iClicker Cloud) to provide students with multiple opportunities to demonstrate their learning through low-stake formative assessments with repeated attempts and (b) invitation of guest nurse speakers who can role model and provide feedback to students while bringing the lectures and case studies to life. Outcomes will be measured based on class metrics and a student post-course survey measuring the acceptability and feasibility of the learning tools. Additionally, findings from this project may be published and will be presented to the School of Nursing leadership to determine if payment for an iClicker subscription should be incorporated into the school budget or projected expenses presented to students.
Workshop: The Pedagogy of Degrowth: Teaching Language and Culture as if People and The Planet Mattered
Maria Galvan-Santibanez
LSA - Romance Languages and Literatures


We are seeking funds in order to sponsor a workshop on “The Pedagogy of Degrowth: Teaching Language and Culture as if People and The Planet Mattered”, by Professor Prádanos. While the workshop is designed for Romance Languages and Literatures faculty and staff of 5 languages (Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese), it will be opened to other university members, as the topic is appropriate for a diverse audience. This event aims to provide attendees with tools to rethink their teaching practices in the language classroom. “The Pedagogy of Degrowth” core theme has been analyzed and divulged by Professor Prádanos. This approach to teaching states that deep critical discussion can only happen after the students unlearn the concepts that they have acquired throughout their learning and have been ingrained in their lives. This workshop will consist of a lecture and a practical component in which attendees will create an activity, which they will be able to apply and implement in their classrooms, regardless of the language they teach. This initiative is connected to the course Spanish 231 Topics: Ecologia y Activismo, created with the ultimate goal of discussing topics related to ecology and connected with the DEI Strategic plan unfolded at the University of Michigan.
Class visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts
Stefano Mengozzi
Music, Theatre & Dance


This term I am offering a graduate seminar on the Virgin Mary, music, and the arts in late-medieval Europe (Musicology 506 sec. 1 / Musicology 641). Four students are taking the class at the 500 level, 3 at the 600 level. A class visit to the DIA would give students an opportunity to experience a number of Marian artworks from the medieval and renaissance eras that are closely related to the ones we have studied in class. Dr. Chassica Kirchhoff, a curator at the DIA, has kindly agreed to give a 2-hr tour of the Marian collection at the DIA on Dec. 2 from 1 to 3pm. I am applying for a small CRLT to cover for lunch at the DIA for the eight participants, plus parking and transportations costs for two cars.
A Physical Robot Arm Prototype and Website Design for EECS 467 Autonomous Robotic Design Experience course
Xiaoxiao Du
Engineering - Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)


This grant will help fund a course development effort for EECS 467: Autonomous Robotics Design Experience course. This course discusses methods and implementation for robot mapping, control, kinematics, and perception, with emphasis on using real-world, physical robots to enhance the students’ understanding and “hands-on” skills in autonomous robotic systems. While the students in this course currently have access to a wheeled mobile robot platform for mapping, control, and perception, an important piece and teaching tool is currently lacking in explaining the kinematics of robotic arms. This proposal aims to fund the necessary supplies and equipment to build an affordable and effective two-degree-of-freedom physical robotic arm prototype to illustrate the concepts of forward and inverse kinematics. The proposal also seeks programming assistance to develop/maintain a course website that will make the course contents more accessible.
Orchestral Reading & Recording Project for PAT 202/502 Students
Paul Dooley
Music, Theatre & Dance


The project provides our PAT 202/502 (Computer Music & Arranging) students a first-time educational opportunity to hear their music read and recorded by an orchestra. Our goal is to hire 18 SMTD musicians, divided 54432 (5 Violin I., 4 Violin II., 4 Violas, 3 Cellos, 2 Basses) to give the smallest viable orchestral string orchestra sound, plus a student conductor and recording engineer. None of our current PAT 202/502 students have heard their music performed by live orchestral musicians, so the reading/recording session will be an important learning experience for them. Our PAT 202/502 students have diverse musical interests (film scoring, song writing, production and arranging, etc.), and this session is naturally relevant to all those interests. The students plan to wrap their recorded orchestral sounds into their final electronic compositions of the semester, to be featured in our end-of-the-semester public concert, the Computer Music Showcase, December 4 at 7:30pm in the Davis Studio at the SMTD Moore Building.
Health and Disabilities P517 Course: Interprofessional Client Experiences
Steven Erickson
Hospitals and Health Centers


The Health and Disabilities course will be offered for the fourth time this coming winter semester. It has undergone revision each year it has been offered, and now is a true interprofessional experiential learning offering that incorporates disability cultural awareness by providing health science students the opportunity to interact directly with persons with disabilities to learn of their lived experiences navigating their healthcare needs. During the course, interprofessional teams of students interview a client that has a physical, intellectual, and sensory disability. This coming year we are are scaling up our enrollment in the course and request monies to support these client meetings in terms of providing interpreters for clients that have a sensory (hearing) disability as well as paying clients an honorarium.
Multimodal Storytelling for Social Change
Angele Anderfuren
LSA - English Language and Literature


Ginsberg Center’s Assistant Director for Community Partnerships Amanda Healy, Ph.D. and Theresa Krueggeler, JSD recruited me to consult on their program “Storytelling for Social Change,” which they have been developing for the past few years and are looking to grow with faculty professional expertise and integration into curriculum. (The program right now is a May/June experiential learning program with no faculty oversight in which students produce text, video, and other communication products for community partners.)
In this vein, the class I develop with this CRLT grant will serve as a pilot course to serve Ginsberg's summer program in which graduate and undergraduate students work with Ginsberg to serve nonprofits in the Ann Arbor community. In this class, students would pick from a list of Ginsberg partners they feel affinity towards and make sample materials with the goal of learning about making multimodal storytelling work at a professional level while emphasizing the academic aspect of applied writing projects in multimedia environments.
Students will learn how to write, research and produce written stories, videos, and other visual and written communication products, working with traditional and social publication platforms and go outside the classroom for experiential learning. The goal being that when students finish the course, they have the knowledge and skills necessary to better equip them to be a part of the Ginsberg Storytelling For Social Change program that will directly follow in the Spring, should students be accepted by Ginsberg for their May/June experiential learning program.
Theatre for Young Audiences Tour: Developing New Work and New Aptitude to Contribute to Communities Through the Arts
Shavonne Coleman
Music, Theatre & Dance


This will be my first time teaching the Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Tour class. The goal is to build this course to be inclusive, accessible, student-centered, and co-created with students' needs in mind. This course will engage an experiential learning philosophy, which will provide the opportunity to 'engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people's capacity to contribute to their communities' (Association for Experiential Education [AEE], 2023). By focusing on improving teaching and learning with students as partners, we have the opportunity to answer questions and challenge traditional models in our field. The course makes space for innovative discoveries that can be applied in future iterations, benefiting the field and making theatre more accessible, while also working to invite a broader demographic into our future community.
Lighting Design: Techniques for Live Events and the Camera
Jess Fialko
Music, Theatre & Dance


I currently teach advanced lighting design courses for the Dept of Theatre & Drama in The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. The course content emphasizes lighting for live theatrical events, including theatre, musical theatre, opera, and dance. Our industry continues to move towards further integration of video content in various forms as part of production design. These multifaceted applications could include filmed content to be projected onstage, a live camera feed projected onstage, or a performance that is filmed to be broadcast. As the industry integrates this technology into production practices, lighting designers entering the profession should have the skills to successfully manipulate light to function both for a live audience and a camera.

I am seeking funding to attend an online seminar course titled “Lighting Live Events for Camera” through the Studio School of Design, taught by Robert Barnhart, a prolific lighting designer and twelve time Emmy winner. Topics that will be covered in the course include: contrast levels, color rendering/temperature, exposure levels, camera and light placement, pre-production planning, and communication with video operators. The funding from this grant will allow me to re-envision advanced lighting design course content to best prepare students for careers in this evolving industry.
Summer Online Korean Conversation Club
Jiyoung Kim
LSA - Asian Languages and Cultures


The purpose of this project is to help current Korean language students maintain and improve their Korean proficiency over the summer break, and ease their transition to a new Korean course in the following year by establishing a weekly online conversation club. During a long break, students rarely use Korean, and often forget what they have learned, making it difficult for them to recall their language skills and speak fluently in the next year. A weekly online conversation club will help students practice their Korean and motivate them to continue learning, while also fostering a sense of community within the Korean program.
Guided tour of Ypsilanti
Melissa Stull
Jill Coultas


We are seeking funds to support a guided tour of Ypsilanti, led by Deborah Meadows of the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County. We will explore historical and current sites significant to Black people’s experiences in Ypsilanti. This tour is for undergraduate students pursuing their elementary teacher certification in the School of Education. The focus on Ypsilanti is intentional and significant, as all of these students currently have a field placement at Perry Early Learning Center and some of them will have future field placements in other Ypsilanti schools as part of the teacher education program. As instructors for many years in the School of Education, we have found that students often hold deficit perspectives of Ypsilanti and do not necessarily see the community’s assets and strengths. We believe that actually exploring the community with a knowledgeable community member has the potential to positively counter the dominant narratives some students hold by humanizing and historically situating the Black communities in Ypsilanti. We intend to use this field trip as a touch point to create further learning opportunities in our courses. For example, in ED 307, the instructors plan to discuss the way these beginning teachers might use the guided tour to further build their understanding of and relationship with students and their families. In ED 392, the instructor plans to capitalize on these beginning teachers’ deepened understanding of Ypsilanti by exploring policy issues, such as redlining and school choice, that have greatly impacted schooling in the community.
Engaging Scholar-Practitioners to Inspire Preservation of MultiMedia Course Assignments
Nancy Khalil
LSA - American Culture


AM384 Islamophobia is an interdisciplinary course I am transitioning to be primarily multimedia in efforts of preserving student work documenting important (and rapid) developments in Islamophobia across various fields and public spaces. My hope is to make this course one that is digitally preserved and thus includes multimedia class assignments to keep available and accessible online. I also want students to be exposed in the course to the variety of disciplinary approaches from which it can be studied, and to think about how the material is relevant simultaneously in academic and public spaces. I am applying for funding to support an honorarium for guest lecturers who are both scholars trained in other disciplines as well as practitioners in non-academic fields heavily entangled in the course topic, including journalism and media/entertainment.
The Zulu Kingdom: History and Representations from Shaka to T'Chaka
Raevin Jimenez
LSA - History


This grant will provide funding for students to attend a viewing of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) as a final example of the ways representations of the Zulu Kingdom and Shaka Zulu have been subject to repeated inventions. In this class, students explore historical sources from the 19th to 21st century to trace the politics of myth-making and knowledge production surrounding the Zulu and King Shaka. During the colonial and Apartheid eras, the image of Shaka and ideas of Zulu tribalism justified the extension of European powers and imposition of segregation. In more recent times, Shaka has been reimagined as a warrior-hero and symbol of African independence. Towards the end of the semester, students will explore the legacy of Shaka in pop culture, including novels, music, film, and art. Their final set of sources will include the original Black Panther graphic novel series and the 2018 Black Panther film. A viewing of the 2022 film will provide a valuable capstone to consider the ways Zulu imagery and the figure of Shaka continue to appear in popular politics and media.
Web-based tool for Formative Assessment tracking in Large Classrooms
Maria Coronel
Medical School
Engineering - Biomedical Engineering


We request $350 to cover the costs of the online software poll everywhere which would significantly improve inclusivity and engagement in larger courses in Biomedical Engineering. Literature suggests that the addition of active learning strategies that promote interactive engagement with the subject at hand stimulates student learning and provides real-time feedback to both students and instructors on the knowledge gaps to be addressed. However, introducing active learning in large classrooms can be challenging and add an additional barrier for instructors to positively implement them during lectures. While clickers have been implemented in the past to stimulate participation in large classrooms, the additional costs passed on to students imposed an additional socioeconomic barrier to the learning process, disproportionally discriminating against minority students.

Online software like poll everywhere allows for classroom assessment techniques to be seamlessly executed during class time, with live effective feedback on student engagement, sponsoring cooperative learning, while reducing feelings of isolation often present in large classrooms. The multimodal approach to the feedback (i.e. web-based, SMS, or app) allows for the majority of students to participate in the formative assessment process without any added cost. Lastly, the integration with LMS systems such as Canvas, used at UMich, allows for tracking, and grading of student engagement automatically overcoming the hesitancy of instructors to implement such approaches. As a pilot project, this will be implemented in a senior required biomedical engineering course in Fall 2022.