2014-15 Awards

Campbell McConnell Sabbatical Fellowships and Sabbatical Grants

Campbell McConnell Travel Funds for Travel from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015 

Campbell McConnell Travel Funds (Second Call) for Travel from January 1, 2015, through June 30, 2015

Fund for Course Development

Gaarde-Morton Junior Faculty Award for Course Development

Mellon Foundation Planning Grants for Departments and Interdisciplinary Programs

Mellon Foundation Curricular Enhancement Grants

Mellon Foundation Interdisciplinary Course Development Grants

Summer Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Projects

Howard and Doris Troyer Faculty Award

Emil and Rosa Massier Award in the Social Sciences for 2014-15

Prof. Melinda Green, Department of Psychology, has been appointed the Ringer Distinguished Professorship at Cornell College for 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17. The criteria for selecting the Ringer Professorship include exemplary teaching, service and scholarship, and leadership in the development of courses and teaching methods supporting active, independent learning by students.

Prof. James Martin, Department of Music, has been appointed the Richard and Norma Small Distinguished Professorship at Cornell College for 2013-14 and 2014-15.  The criteria for selecting the Small Professorship include exemplary teaching, service and scholarship, and leadership in the perpetuation of a vital and invigorating faculty community at Cornell.

 

Campbell McConnell Sabbatical Fellowships and Sabbatical Grants 2014-15

 

 

The McConnell Sabbatical Award, funded by Campbell McConnell ’50, supports a faculty members’ major scholarly, creative, or curricular projects during his/her sabbatical leave.Cornell faculty receive half-year or full-year sabbaticals which are awards in themselves of time to pursue projects. McConnell funding is not requested for all sabbatical projects.

 

Name

Project

AWARD

Bean, Stephen

Prof. Bean plans to conduct a systematic examination of the Putnam Mathematical Competitions in order to better prepare our students for competition, to explore analytic number theory to find ways to incorporate its concepts into his teaching, and to study the Einstein Field Equation and the Ricci Flow.  

No funding requested

Dragon, William

Prof. Dragon plans to conduct an extended study on the misattribution of arousal in a field setting over an extended period of time, to continue to research and analyze dating patterns found in online dating sites including piloting a "content analysis" software program, and to investigate the feasibility of offering an online summer psychology class.

$2,219

Givens, Robert

Prof. Givens plans to conduct research on public opinion in the Soviet Union at the close of the Second World War to help explain the support the regime drew upon in promoting its aggressive policies during the Cold War in subsequent decades. 

$5,150

Gruber-Miller, John

Prof. Gruber-Miller plans to continue his work on a collaborative book project to create an intermediate Greek textbook/reader, to expand and revise several papers for submission to journals, to become more fluent in speaking Latin, and to attend a digital humanities conference to share recent developments with Cornell faculty.    $6,700
Hearne, Martin
Prof. Hearne plans to continue his research in Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) technology and to begin research into the implementation of Virtual Instruments and pursue their application to the fields of music education, composition, and digital recording. No funding requested
Molleur, Joseph Prof. Molleur plans to work to gain a reading knowledge of Sanskrit (the language in which most of the sacred texts of Hinduism, and many sacred texts of Buddhism, were originally written) and to supplement the language study with specific research related to Hinduism and/or Buddhism.  No funding requested
Mouton, Michelle Prof. Mouton plans to devote significant research and writing time on her book manuscript, regarding the expanding electorate portrayed in Victorian literature, to prepare for publication submission.  She also plans to develop her knowledge base and courses on the history of the book and printing, related to the use of Cornell's recently-acquired historic Washington letterpress.  (spring semester of 2013-14 and fall semester of 2014-15) $10,000
Nowak-Thompson, Brian Prof. Nowak-Thompson plans to develop an applied research program, evaluating soil biological activity and its effect on plant health, in order to serve as a scientific resource within a regional network of organic farmers. $6,000
Stavreva, Katy Prof. Stavreva plans to work on copy-editing and indexing her book, "Words Like Daggers": Violent Female Speech and Gender in Early Modern England, to produce a scholarly edition of docu-fictional texts on witchcraft cases from the English Civil War era, to collaborate with Prof. Bioka Sokolova of Notre Dame University on a short book or essay on recent Shakespearean performances in Bulgaria, to improve her skills in letterpress and book arts, and to develop a new first-year seminar on film and book arts. $10,000
Strong, Cynthia Prof. Strong plans to conduct research full-time with Prof. Mishtu Dey's chemical lab group at The University of Iowa in order to learn new techniques and to apply her knowledge and experience to ongoing research.   $2,229
VanValen, James Prof. VanValen plans to perform in the one-person show, Underneath the Lintel, in Florida and to participate in the Summer Meisner Certificate Training Program for curriculum development in his advanced acting courses. $7,800
White, James Prof. White plans to use his leave for concentrated study of philosophical interests and curriculum development including the review and revision of materials used in upper-level courses, the creation of a moral theory course, the addition of "neurophilosophical" materials to the philosophy of mind course, and a "reimagining" of the environmental ethics course. No funding requested
Yamanishi, David Prof. Yamanishi plans to update his dissertation work on judicial independence and different types of human rights violations with current research, to review literature in international relations to improve course materials for teaching, to organize a research program for advanced undergraduates, and to develop a study abroad class opportunity in Latin America for Cornell students. $4,530
   
 
Campbell McConnell Travel Fund Grants for Travel from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015
The McConnell Travel Fund, established through the generosity of Campbell McConnell ’50, recognizes that regular professional interaction and continued development for faculty members is important to the intellectual life of Cornell College.

Name

Project

AWARD

 Baty, Devan Travel to the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) annual conference July 19-22, 2014, in New Orleans, LA  $1,602
 Beauchamp, Kara Travel to the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) 2014 summer meeting July 26-30, 2014, in Minneapolis, MN  $776
Denniston, Rhawn Travel to Portugal to collect data from the environmental monitoring system installed last year in the caves of Western Portugal $2,000
Enns, Carol Travel to present research at the 6th International Conference on Psychology Education August 3-5, 2014, in Flagstaff, AZ $934
Entel, Rebecca Travel to present a paper at the Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) convention November 13-16, 2014, in Detroit, MI $772
Freeman, Jim Travel to MathFest (involved in the program) August 7-9, 2014, in Portland, OR $2,000
 Hankins, Leslie Travel to the Modern Language Association Convention in January 2015 in Vancouver, B.C. $1,500
Hassell, Hans Travel to the American Political Science Association Conference August 28-31, 2014, in Washington, DC $1,451
Jacobs, Meg Travel to the American Association for Curriculum and Teaching annual conference in Tampa in October 2014 and the National Council of Teachers of English annual conference in Washington, D.C. in November 2014 $2,000
Lichty, Lyle Travel to the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) 2014 summer meeting July 26-30, 2014, in Minneapolis, MN $776
Sacks, Steven Travel to present research at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature/American Academy of Religion November 22-25, 2014, in San Diego, CA $1,493
Sherman, Derin Travel to the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) 2014 summer meeting July 26-30, 2014, in Minneapolis, MN $776
Sowell, Ross Travel to 46th ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE 2015) March 4-7, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA $1,420
Teague, Craig Travel to the 2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) August 3-7, 2014, at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI $1,400
West, Janeve Travel to present at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference and the Directing Pedagogies preconference July 23-27, 2014, in Scottsdale, AZ $957
   
 Campbell McConnell Travel Fund Grants (Second Call) for Travel from January 1, 2015. through June 30, 2015
The McConnell Travel Fund, established through the generosity of Campbell McConnell ’50, recognizes that regular professional interaction and continued development for faculty members is important to the intellectual life of Cornell College.

Name

Project

AWARD

 

If funding is available, these awards will be announced in the Fall of 2014.  
   
   
Fund for Course Development
The Fund for Course Development is available through the generosity of the Hewlett Foundation and the Mellon Foundation.

Name

Project

AWARD

 Beauchamp, Kara & Davis, Erin Integrated Writing Courses in Sociology and Physics: Thematic Focus on Energy, Consumption and Society  $2,470
 Heinrich, Jill Development of EDU 240: Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher as a writing-intensive course  $1,000
 Hejeebu, Santhi Data Exploration and Visualization for Business (ECB 354: Business Analytics)  $2,455
 Strong, Cindy Development of lab experiments using a handheld X-ray fluorescence spectrometer  $1,000
 West, Janeve Complete revision of THE 311: Directing I  $1,830
   
Gaarde-Morton Junior Faculty Award for Course Development
The Gaarde-Morton Junior Faculty Award, funded through the generosity of Richard A. “Joe” Morton (’50) and Joy Gaarde-Morton (’80 Honorary Alumna), honors the many Cornell College faculty who have effectively inspired, advised, encouraged, and fostered a love of learning in Cornell students over the years.

Name

Project

AWARD

Jacobs, Meg  Online reading endorsement courses for elementary education majors $1,000
Wines, Rebecca FRE 3XX: French Classical Theatre in Translation $1,000
Mellon Foundation Planning Grants for Departments and Interdisciplinary Programs
Funding from the Mellon Foundation provides support to departments and interdisciplinary programs as they consider significant curricular revision, innovation, or assessment.

Name

Project

AWARD

 Classical and Modern Languages Department

Workshop to explore and develop intermediate and advanced task frameworks, which can then be adapted across the language programs for use in a particular linguistic setting  $2,800

 Economics and Business Department

Departmental discussions to design a new business curriculum, with emphases in the area of business analytics, finance, and actuarial science

$2,800

Education Department (1)

Departmental discussions including a review of assessment data, preparation for the State Review (including curricular exhibits), and adjustments to the Curriculum Map to meet new State of Iowa INTASC Standards

$3,000

Education Department (2) Additional departmental discussions related to the preparation for the State Review in November 2014 $3,000
Kinesiology Department Planning to consider the current enrollment patterns in Kinesiology, review the curriculum and investigate potential new directions for the programs $1,800
Mathematics and Statistics Department Planning for an upcoming departmental review in 2015-16 including discussions regarding the curriculum and capstone $2,400
Music Department Creation of an Aural Skills program and revisions to the Music Theory sequence $1,800
Psychology Department Departmental discussions to review and revise curriculum in context of new APA guidelines $2,200
Mellon Foundation Curricular Enhancement Grants 2014-15 - Additional awards will be announced in Fall 2014.
Funding from the Mellon Foundation provides support to groups of faculty members within a department, and interdisciplinary program, or from diverse disciplines across the campus to take on projects of significance that have the potential to enhance the curriculum in innovative and significant ways.
Name Project AWARD
Economics and Business Department Support for the department's work to design a new business curriculum, with emphases in the areas of business analytics, finance, and actuarial science $8,360
Mathematics and Statistics Department Support for an in-depth curricular review in both mathematics and statistics $5,128
Physics Department Support work toward the development of curriculum in engineering $1,986
Mellon Foundation Interdisciplinary Course Development Grants 2014-15
Funding from the Mellon Foundation provides support to teams of two faculty members to develop and team-teach new interdisciplinary courses.
Names Title of New Course to be Developed AWARD

Barnes-Brus, Tori
Entel, Rebecca

Novel Action: Literature, Society, and Social Movements $2,000 plus course replacement
Cannon, Ann
Sowell, Ross

Dealing with Data: Data Manipulation, Data Visualization, and Big Data $2,000 plus course replacement
Reed, Shannon
Thomas, Aparna

Social Justice Perspectives and Practice $2,000 plus course replacement
  Summer Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Projects Funded by the Hewlett Foundation, the Dimensions Program, the Berry Center, the Rogers Gillette Student-Faculty Research Fund, and the Rebecca Joe Wearin Pulk Student-Faculty Research Fund, Summer 2014
The Hewlett Endowment is a Presidential discretionary fund to which the Office of Academic Affairs applies annually for faculty development support. The Dimensions program aims to educate, inform, and inspire Cornell students regarding the art, culture, and science of healthcare.  The Berry Center for Economics, Business, and Public Policy is a distinctive program that provides students with exceptional training in applied economics and public policy, with a special emphasis on experiential learning. Funding is also provided by the Rogers Gillette Student-Faculty Research Fund and the Rebecca Joe Wearin Pulk Student-Faculty Research Fund.

Name

Project

AWARD

Beauchamp, Kara
Lichty, Lyle
Sheman, Derin

Investigating the Use of Graphene in Solar Cells and Super-Capacitors

$9,000

Cardon, Jeff

Alternative Carbon Sources Influence the Allocation of Resources by Yeast

$4,500

Condon, Marty

Patterns of host-use by sunflower flies (Strauzia, Tephritidae)

$4,500

Denniston, Rhawn

Development of a Late Holocene Decadal-Scale Proxy Record of the North Atlantic Oscillation from Portuguese Stalagmites

$4,500

Hassell, Hans Does the Medium Matter? Identifying the Priority of Email Targeted Constituencies in Congressional Campaigns

$4,000

Hoobler, Ellen Making 3D Digital Models of Ancient Tombs from Mexico: Cutting Edge Technology Meets International Collaboration for Good $5,209
Liberko, Charley Synthesis and Properties of Organic Co-Crystals $4,500
McCollum, Andy Movements, Survival, and Habitat Use of Juvenile Ornate Box Turtles $4,500
Nowak-Thompson, Brian Developing Standardized Protocols to Monitor Changes in Soil Quality

$5,213

Sowell, Ross Privacy Interfaces for Remote Presence Systems

$4,000

Teague, Craig Quantum Chemical Calculations on Ion-containing Chemical Systems (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) $3,683.76
Tepper, Craig Millepore Phylogeny and Endosymbiont Specificity $5,500
Walsh, Emily Trace Element Geochemistry of Garnets from Ultrahigh-Pressure Terranes $4,500
Howard and Doris Troyer Faculty Award
The Howard and Doris Troyer Faculty Award, funded by the generosity of an anonymous donor, provides support for a faculty member's major scholarly or creative project.  Howard Troyer was Dean of the College from 1957-1969.
Name Project AWARD

 

This award will not be granted in 2014-15.  
Emil and Rosa Massier Award in the Social Sciences for 2014-15
The Emil and Rosa Massier Award in the Social Sciences, funded through the generosity of alumna Elfriede Massier ('62) and her husband Larry E. Schrader, honors Dr. Massier's parents, who had the courage to begin life in a new country in the wake of World War II, and acknowledges the profound impact Cornell College had on Dr. Massier's life.

Name

Project

AWARD

 Barnes-Brus, Tori

Travel to Schlesinger Library in Cambridge, MA, and to Smith College in Northampton, MA, to continue her women's study research on the Lydia E. Pinkham Patent Medicine Company

 $2,000

Knoop, Todd

Professional indexing and proofreading for his next book: Business Cycle Economics: Understanding Recessions and Depressions from Boom to Bust

$2,000