Tuesday, February 23, 2016

[341] Money available for MTSU faculty to bring women’s experiences into classroom

MURFREESBORO — Money is available to help MTSU faculty infuse the experiences and perspectives of women into the college curricula.

Monday, March 14, is the deadline to apply for two $2,700 grants from the MTSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women.

Successful proposals should demonstrate a commitment to innovative teaching techniques as well as careful consideration of the intersection of women’s concerns with notions of race/ethnicity, class and sexual orientation.

Grants will support a course revision, creation of a new course, reconceptualization of a current minor, creation of a new minor or revision of a general education course for study abroad.

Courses that are developed or revised for undergraduates or can be implemented within two years will be given priority.

Proposals that encourage greater student understanding of violence against women are especially encouraged.

The most recent grant winner, associate professor of media studies Katie Foss, created an upper-level seminar course titled “Crime & Gender in Media.” The fall 2016 semester course will focus on the impact and media coverage of the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, consider disparities in crime reporting and explore how phones and personal technology are and have been used for crimes against women and other groups.

Foss will have her students analyze news, movies, television, music, video games and other media. In addition, a group project will require students to choose an existing negative fictional portrayal related to crime and gender and rewrite the story in a way that challenges conventional stereotypes.

Grant recipients must present their completed projects to both the President’s Commission on the Status of Women and in one other forum.

The commission’s Academic Affairs Subcommittee must receive copies of the finished syllabi, course proposals, minor proposals or revised minors no later than the fall meeting of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women.

Faculty who have not received a Curriculum Integration Grant in the past four years are eligible. Complete requirements and a downloadable application form are available at http://www.mtsu.edu/pcsw/grants.php.

For more information, contact Dr. Leah Tolbert Lyons at 615-898-5778 or leah.lyons@mtsu.edu.

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