Grants

Funded Projects
Lecturers' Professional Development Fund (LPDF)
Project Title Overview of the Project
2020 Latin American Studies Association Congress and Mexico research

$1667.00

I seek funding for travel to Guadalajara, Mexico, to attend the 2020 LASA meeting and present a paper on “Ediciones Vigía and the Aesthetics of Translation in Cuban Culture,” as part of a double panel on the history and creation of the Cuban publishing cooperative’s handmade books. On this trip I aim to accomplish three goals: 1. The exchange of ideas with fellow presenters and audience members at our double panel will sharpen my thoughts and writing for an article on translation and culture in Cuba that I am preparing. 2. Interacting with international scholars of Latin America will benefit my teaching directly. LASA is the most important international organization of scholars on the Latin American region, which is the primary focus of half of my courses and a secondary focus for the rest. Whenever I attend LASA meetings I gather new scholarship and stories which I use to update my lectures, class discussion notes, and AV materials. 3. The conference location in north-central Mexico will allow me to conduct some short-term fieldwork in Guadalajara and, if possible, in my original doctoral dissertation field site (4 hours northeast of the city, by bus). The primary purpose of this short-term research will be to gather people’s impressions (and to form my own) regarding Mexico’s dramatically changing political and social climate, under a new president and party and in the Trump era, which I will then incorporate into my classes on Latin America and Mexico.
Attendance and Participation at the 2020 AWP Writers Conference
Jeremiah Chamberlin
LSA - English Language and Literature

$2000.00

I am requesting funding to attend the 2020 AWP Conference, which will take place from March 4-7 in San Antonio, Texas. The AWP conference has been invaluable for my work as both a writer and a teacher, and attendance at this year’s event would enrich my professional development in many ways. In particular, the last several courses that I have developed for the English Department—both in their initial conception and in my continued work to revise and improve them—have been deeply influenced by the presentations and panels that I’ve attended during the last several AWP conferences. And as I continue to develop new courses for the department, I would love to have the opportunity to take advantage of the resources that AWP offers its participants. Similarly, in my role as the Editor-in-Chief of Fiction Writers Review, an online literary journal whose mission is to promote and support emerging writers, attending the conference bookfair would be an important opportunity to connect with contributors to the journal, as well as to meet new potential writers. This not only benefits my work as an editor, but also my work on this campus: over the last ten years, I’ve offered publishing internships to undergraduates through the department of English, as well as editorial internships to Zell Fellows in their third year of the MFA program. As such, participating in this conference would contribute to my professional development on many levels—as a writer, teacher, editor, and literary citizen.
Participation in the 2020 ASEE Conference
Laura Alford
Engineering

$2000.00

This proposal is for attendance and participation in the 2020 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference. I have two papers planned for this conference: an examination of the performance trends and perceptions of students in Engr 101, EECS 183, and EECS 280 vs. the students’ use of the personalized service ECoach; and an investigation into the relationship between students’ rating of themselves and teammates’ ratings of them on teamwork using the team support tool, Tandem. The annual ASEE conference is the premiere national conference for those people researching and implementing best practices in engineering education. U-M typically has a strong presence at this conference. My participation in ASEE 2020 will continue to enhance our reputation as a leader in the engineering education field.

The paper presentations at ASEE are an excellent way to learn about new trends in student performances and on creating equitable and inclusive classes and learning environments. ASEE is an excellent networking opportunity. I teach two first-year engineering courses (Engr 100 and Engr 101), and there will be many other people that teach similar courses with whom I can trade trade experiences and ideas. It is so incredibly helpful to talk with people who have first-hand knowledge of what does and does not work in their classes.

ASEE also offers many panels each year with a variety of themes. Two outstanding panels from past years were “Gender Bias in Student Evaluations of Teaching” and “Title Women Leading STEM: Successfully Managing the Challenges and Opportunities.”
Material Research: Building with Temporal Materialities
Elizabeth Galvez
Architecture and Urban Planning

$2000.00

This proposal seeks funding in the amount of $2,000 to support a material research project. The project examines applicable uses for building with temporal materialities within the fields of architectural fabrication and construction practices. In today’s construction sequence, we generate vast amounts of building material waste, incurred both through acts of construction and demolition, which go to our landfills. Learning from conceptual artworks that explore the act of material entropy, such as Robert Smithson’s Partially Buried Woodshed, this research project explores potentials for ‘softer and more temporal’ architectural materialities. The research will focus on deploying of a series of material samples composed of a single ‘temporal materiality’ including: ice, wax, sand, gravel, fabrics, and plant matters. The research will explore potential uses for both construction and disposal of such materialities, including small-scale explorations into processes for panelization or aggregation to enclose architectural space, the duration of such architectural enclosures, and lastly the disintegration or entropy of such materials after a built space has satisfied its necessary use. The project’s findings will be disseminated primarily through video format on my professional website. Additionally, material samples, in their original forms and at various stages of decay will be displayed at a gallery space; the location is yet to be determined. Importantly, the research findings would be beneficial in advancing the curriculum for two courses relating to ‘temporal materialities’ and their time-based relationships to the Earth which I teach at Taubman College.
CASC-Global Program: Presentation at Social Work Education and Social Development Conference
Amber Williams
Social Work

$2000.00

The following proposal is a request for funding to attend World Conference on Social Work Education and Social Development. Within my role as the Assistant Director and Adjunct Faculty for the Community Action and Social Change Undergraduate Minor program, I am requesting funding in order to participate in a global social work convening of educators, and share curricular efforts within the CASC Minor program. Attending the conference would allow me to engage social work faculty in an international context, learn more about global curricular efforts in undergraduate social work education, and share lessons learned from a global academic program piloted by the CASC Minor and Global Activities program.
In collaboration with the School of Social Work Global Activities Office (OGA), the minor developed an undergraduate global independent study program. With a faculty liaison (which included my role as faculty and staff), selected CASC students, participated in community development work as a part of the Madras Christian College (MCC) field action program in Chennai, India for four weeks. The program focused on principles of community participation at the intersection of indigeneity and rural development by working within the community along with faculty, community organizers, and students at the college. Attending the conference would allow me to share lessons learned from the partnership as well as the newly established global curriculum designed for undergraduate students exploring the field of social work. Specific curricular objectives of the presentation would include four curricular themes including: (a) exploring context by examining south Indian history, politics and culture, (b) engaging community practice through a global comparative lens, (c) establishing a critical reflective praxis through critical consciousness and identity reflection, and (d) macro social work implications.
Teaching TAs To Teach: Strategies for TA Training
Andrew DeOrio
Engineering

$2000.00

This proposal supports my attendance at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) conference in Portland, Oregon. I plan to be a panelist on the topic of training teaching assistants. As Computer Science course enrollments have grown, there has been a necessary increase in the number of undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants (TAs, and UTAs). TA duties often extend far beyond grading, including designing and leading lab or recitation sections, holding office hours and creating assignments. Though advanced students, TAs need proper pedagogical training to be the most effective in their roles. Training strategies have widely varied from no training at all, to semester-long prep courses. We will explore the challenges of TA training across both large and small departments.
Participation in ASEE Annual Conference
Robin Fowler
Engineering

$1755.00

I am requesting funds to support my travel to and participation in the 2020 annual conference of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), the largest engineering education conference. I anticipate presenting at this conference (abstract submissions will be reviewed in late Fall; final paper acceptance won’t come until ~March 2020).
Electro-Acoustic Percussion Composition, Recording, and Performance Project
Jeremy Edwards
Music, Theatre & Dance

$2000.00

I am requesting funding in support of a 12 month electro-acoustic music composition, performance and recording project. The acquisition of the Sensory Percussions System, a new technology for integrating electronics and percussion instruments through the use of sensors, would allow me to develop new skills in the area of composition, sound design, interactive systems design and explore new aesthetic territory as a musician. I plan to use the funds to purchase a set of Sensory Percussion drum sensors, special silent drum heads for use with the sensors, and to fund the production of an electro-acoustic percussion CD of new original works. The project will be divided into five phases: technological and aesthetic research, composition and interactive system programming and design, practice/rehearsal and system iteration, recording and post-production work, and a public artist talk and live performance of the developed works. At the end of the project I intend to make the hardware purchased through the grant available to the Performing Arts Technology (PAT) department for use in relevant performance courses and for students to use in their own original work. Both of the 200 level courses that I teach in PAT contain projects in live performance with electronics and PAT 432, a course in studio production, focuses on advanced techniques in recording, mixing, and mastering. The experience and knowledge gained through this project will directly inform the teaching in my current courses and has the potential to open up new opportunities to expand my role within the department.
Learning From Adaptive Reuse Architecture in Detroit
De Peter Yi
Architecture and Urban Planning

$2000.00

I am applying for funding to support my research and teaching on adaptive reuse architecture. Specifically, the funding will go towards hiring and mentoring a student researcher, as well as producing an exhibition of the research output at the 555 Arts Gallery in Detroit in spring 2020. Adaptive reuse architecture touches on many key issues facing the built environment today, including urban identity, equitable development, and sustainable material use. These issues have a magnified presence in Detroit, where there is currently a large number of pre-existing building stock waiting to be renovated and repurposed. Over many trips to Detroit, I engaged with a diverse range of organizations working on adaptive reuse projects throughout the city, including a non-profit arts group that is currently renovating a former tobacco warehouse in Poletown. My research spans the site’s history of industrial use, neglect, and resurgence, tracing the private and public initiatives that have shaped Detroit’s urban fabric. My goal is to bridge between topics that are prevalent in architecture academia with community stakeholders working on adaptive reuse projects that could make use of this knowledge. The exhibition of my research in the form of drawings, maps, and models at 555 Arts Gallery will further communicate this shared knowledge to not only the university community but also a larger audience in Detroit. Ultimately, this work will continue to support my expertise and teaching in adaptive reuse architecture and provide my students with the opportunity to engage real world challenges in their own studies.
Safe Passage- Camino Seguro - Guatemala City Garbage Dump Community Education Program Volunteer

$2000.00

Safe Passage- Camino Seguro - Guatemala City Garbage Dump Community Education Program Volunteer.

Safe Passage/Camino Seguro is a non-profit in Guatemala which helps children and families, living in the community surrounding the Guatemala City garbage dump, break out of poverty in a dignified and permanent way through education. Safe Passage offers educational programming and psychosocial emotional support services to 550 students, ages 4-high school. (https://www.safepassage.org/)

My primary goal at Safe Passage is to prepare a future Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates in 2021. Given that I will be responsible for a group of UM students, I want to ensure students’ safety, establish what work students will be doing, figure out the cost of living, possible cultural events and excursions, etc. I will work directly with the Volunteer Coordinator to put together a proposal for this GIEU.

From June 1-19, 2020, I will serve as a volunteer. I will collaborate with teachers and assist in the classrooms, providing support and training for both students and teachers. I will:
- Serve as a teacher for students and adult literacy/Creamos students
- Assist and mentor our lead teachers in middle school and high school programs
- Create and implement creative classroom lessons, working to promote the development of critical thinking skills
- Carryout other classroom duties as assigned

As I am a non-native speaker Spanish Lecturer, immersion in the language and culture is essential to my professional development. I will bring both my linguistic and cultural advancements directly back to the classroom.
Team Wristband
Elizabeth Goodenough
LSA - Residential College

$2000.00

I seek funding to support graduate student and/or work study assistance to develop and promote Team Wristband. This adaptation of a Michigan Quarterly Review novelette dramatizes power, politics, dehumanization, and abuse. Directly after four March 2020 performances at Keene Theater, a panel of experts across the fields of Public Health, Theater, Social Work, Psychiatry, and Creative Writing will open a conversation with audience members to encourage dialogue and to survey campus and community resources. Post-production research offers an interdisciplinary opportunity to move mental health out of the shadows and into the light of accessibility.
Students (undergraduate and graduate) will play a vital role in launching this adaptation- -from pre and post-production research, design, and theatrical participation, to videography and reflection on shared experiences. This project’s synthesis of fiction, theater, and public health--informed by medical research, mental health professionals, and individuals impacted by the devastation of mental illness and its treatments--could generate new ways to frame and interpret critical issues.
Funding would contribute to the costs of creating a community-building event with the larger goal of enabling it to reach a wider audience beyond University of Michigan, such as the Big Ten Theatre Exchange. Producing this event enables me to build important relationships with researchers, advocates, and writers whose lives and work inform my teaching and scholarship: RCHUMS Children Under Fire 337-001, Narratives of Sustainability ENVIRON 337 (Fall 2019), Growing Up Near the Great Lakes RCIDIV 351 (Winter 2019) each focus on representing trauma in children and young adults.
Theatre Improvisation for Teaching
Mar Freire Hermida
LSA - Romance Languages and Literatures

$2000.00

From July 29th to August 2nd 2020 the school Academia Iria Flavia, specialized in pedagogical courses for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language, is offering a Theatre Improvisation. I am particularly interested in this course because the objectives of the class will help support my role as coordinator of Spanish 280 -Conversation through Spanish/ Latin American Film-. These objectives, as per Iria Flavia’s website, include improving oral expression, listening comprehension and fluency. Spanish 280 aims to help students achieve those same goals.

In the last couple of years, I have been working on standardizing language instruction with the support of a Gilbert Whitaker Grant for the Improvement of Teaching. In this project I have been unable to address the need for clear oral delivery (clear pronunciation and appropriate intonation) in a hands-on dynamic way. My main goal in taking this course is to learn about theatrical technique to explore the possibility of adapting their method to our conversation course and potentially create materials for all sections to use.
Attendance at the 2019 International Literacy Association (ILA) Conference

$2000.00

I am seeking $2000 in financial support for attending the 2019 International Literacy Association (ILA) conference. The funds would cover the costs of admission to the conference, roundtrip airfare, and four nights in a hotel room. Being able to attend this conference will support my work with students and colleagues in the School of Education because there have been many changes in the field of literacy instruction in the last half-decade that are impacting what we consider "best practices." Participating in this conference could help me in numerous ways. I could better speak to interns about what they are seeing and hearing in schools, support them as we co-plan and debrief after their lessons, and alert them to changes we can anticipate them encountering as they move into the profession and cutting edge research begins connecting with school practice; I could ensure I am teaching the most current theory and practice, both at the elementary school level and at the teacher education level; I could better work with colleagues because I will be “on the same page” with tenured faculty who get to regularly attend this conference. I am confident that my proposal fits the grant’s spirit—“to acknowledge the many contributions of Lecturers and to provide them with access to funds beyond those ordinarily available”—because I am notably active in the Teacher Education program, but the school does not have funding for the professional development of lecturers.