The Dean of Faculty and the Levitt Center provide grants designed to support faculty who wish to incorporate the theory and practice of social change, using the lens of transformational leadership and social innovation, into a new or existing course. These grants aim to support Hamilton College’s educational goals of a curriculum that fosters creativity; as well as ethical, informed and engaged citizenship. Courses may be taught in any department, and topics and pedagogies may vary. It is expected that faculty will teach a course in their field of study that helps students gain the academic knowledge and relevant skills needed to address persistent social problems in an effective, innovative, and meaningful way. Each grant will provide $2,500 for the development of a new course, plus up to $1,500 for materials and travel expenses. An additional stipend of $1000 will be provided after the course has been taught twice. A one-time $750 stipend is provided for faculty who wish to add a leadership and social innovation component to an existing course. These grants aim to advance the recommendations of the Campus Planning Committee on Outcomes and support Hamilton College’s educational goal of a curriculum that fosters ethical, informed and engaged citizenship.
These grants are intended to broaden the offering of courses that incorporate experiential learning in the community. Three awards will provide $750 apiece for faculty members who integrate Project SHINE into an existing or new course for the first time. Faculty may choose to incorporate Project SHINE either as a recommended or required component of the course. Instructors have incorporated Project SHINE into the classroom in a number of different ways: in classroom discussions, as a form of fieldwork, and through journals, papers, or multimedia projects. Two additional grants will provide $750 per grant for faculty who integrate VITA into an existing or new course for the first time. Students are asked to complete at least 15 hours of electronic tax filing to participate in VITA. These grants aim to support Hamilton College’s educational goals of a curriculum that fosters ethical, informed, and engaged citizenship; and understanding of cultural diversity.