Grant Writing Shouldn’t Make You Sob (Okay, you can shed a single tear.)

'It's a foolproof formula for writing grant applications.'

“It’s a foolproof formula for writing grant applications.”

After a five-minute Google search for “grant writing cartoons,” it became very clear that applying for grants gets a bad rap. It’s true—grant writing can be an arduous, tedious process, in which you can put forth tremendous effort with potentially little return. Writing a grant proposal is very much like preparing for a big life event (a wedding, a major trip, or having a child). You plan. You stress. You dedicate tremendous time to make sure everything is perfect. And then your great aunt complains that her piece of the wedding cake was stale. Or your friend looks at the photos from your trip to Europe and tells you that his trip to Europe took a more original, “off the beaten path” approach. All your planning and care seems to fly out the window and what you’re left with is dismay and disappointment.

And you know what? It can hurt. Hearing that your proposal was not selected for funding can be a real drag, but it can also present you with a learning opportunity. We’ve been told by many Hampshire faculty who are new to grant seeking that they don’t “get grant writing” and that it seems like “some sort of mystical thing that doesn’t make sense” to them. Good news: Grant writing doesn’t have to be nebulous.

One of the best ways to learn why certain grants get funded is to serve on a grants review panel. There are many government agencies who are constantly looking for peer reviewers (and most pay a stipend!) for grant applications. In turn, you get the chance to see how grant proposals are evaluated, giving you key insights into approaches to your own proposal writing. Being a peer reviewer on a grants panel is also a great addition to your CV!

Here are a few opportunities for you to consider:

Websites/blogs for Div II and III students

There are 2 new resources for your Div II and III students that bring together resources, tips, event announcements, and reminders. Have your students visit the sites at:

  • http://div2athamp.hampshire.edu
  • http://div3athamp.hampshire.edu

First year students have the new programs page (sites.hampshire.edu/newtohamp).

There are prizes for students who visit. If you have tips you would like to post on the Div 2 and 3 sites, send them on to me at lwenk@hampshire.edu.

Talking about Teaching Session – Tuesday 21st at 3:30 p.m.

Best Practices for Supporting the Success of First Generation College Students

Tuesday, October 21, 3:30pm-5:00pm, FPH Lounge

This year, one in seven of Hampshire’s entering class is a first generation college student. This percentage will continue to climb over the coming years. Students who are the first in their families to attend college have meaningful experiences, knowledge, and skills to contribute to Hampshire and to their own learning. However, first generation college students also have unique challenges navigating the college environment, particularly Hampshire’s learner-centered academic approach. Faculty attending this session will learn about challenges faced by many first generation college students and share advising strategies and teaching practices to support their academic success.

This Talking about Teaching session will be facilitated by:

Kristen Luschen, Dean of Multicultural Education & Inclusion/Assoc. Professor Education Studies

Vivianna Alvarez, First Gen Student Group, Signer/Division II student

Event sponsored by: The Hampshire College Center for Teaching and Learning

5C Blended Learning Workshop – October 29th, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

BL_WorkShop_PosterThe Five College Blended Learning Program invites you to the first-ever Multicampus Blended Workshop:

Multimedia Tools in the Traditional Classroom
Wednesday October 29th, 4:30-6pm

Participate in a hands-on showcase at any of the following locations:

MHC
Kendade, Room 107
with Morena Svaldi, Maria Succi-Hempstead, and Bruno Grazioli
(Italian, MHC and Smith)

UMass
Engineering 2, Lab 152
with Eric Poehler,
(Archaeology, UMass)

Smith
Seelye Hall, Room B4
Videoconferencing room for online participation and hands-on demonstration

Whether or not you can attend, chime-in live through twitter # 5CollBL.

Register Online to secure your spot at one of the 3 locations for hands-on demonstrations of GoogleApps, WordPress, and ShowMe: www.fivecolleges.edu/blended/BLWorkshop

For more information, contact Jessica Egan (jegan@fivecolleges.edu) or Rogelio Miñana (rminana@mtholyoke.edu)

Transformative Speaking Program Resources

Faculty HandoutThe Transformative Speaking Program has resources available to you and your students this semester. Please visit the program’s Moodle page at http://hamp.it/tspmoodle for more information about the highlights listed below:

1. You can request that a peer mentor meet with your students to work on developing skills for class discussion or presentations.

2. You can request that a team of peer mentors lead a speaking workshop for your students, during or outside of your class time.

3. Students can self-select to meet one-on-one with a peer speaking mentor to work on their general speaking skills or a particular discussion or presentation.

4. You can nominate students to apply to work as peer mentors for next year (application deadline Oct 17 and rolling thereafter).

5. You can request that a peer mentor be dedicated to work exclusively with you and students in your 100-level spring 2015 course in any discipline.

Questions? Contact Laura Greenfield at lgreenfield@hampshire.edu

Vitae

VitaeThe Chronicle of Higher Ed has launched Vitae. It is the only online career hub dedicated to faculty and administrators with the goal of helping them with all aspects of their jobs. Vitae offers free career management tools, community, insights about teaching, scholarship, and life in academia.

Visit the FAQ to learn more about Vitae.

Drop-in Sessions Oct. 3rd Cancelled

We are cancelling the Drop-in session in the CTL on Friday October 3rd. We hope you will come to the Kathleen Yancey discussion on reflection and portfolio-building in the Faculty/staff lounge in FPH instead.

The Social and Intellectual Practices Surrounding Electronic Portfolios: A Collaborative Discussion with Dr. Kathleen Yancey

Friday October 3, 2014 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. FPH Lounge

When people think about electronic portfolios, they often think first of technology, but what’s interesting and promising about portfolios isn’t the technology, but rather the social practices supporting and surrounding them. What’s also promising, and at least as important, are the intellectual practices that are unique to ePortfolios. In this discussion, we’ll focus on both social and intellectual practices, and about how to design portfolios that bring this shared promise to life.

5 College Digital Humanites Event

Join 5 College colleagues at 12pm on Friday, September 26th in Frost Library at Amherst College for lightning talks from current and past project leaders and collaborators, information sessions about our faculty/staff grants and student fellowships, and a catered reception for the Five College community. Learn more about what 5 College faculty have been up to over the past year, and how you can get involved in the year to come.

Additional Session with Kathleen Yancey

In addition to her Thursday October 2nd keynote and discussion at 3:30 in the WLH (described in another post) on Friday October 3rd at 1:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Lounge, Kathleen Yancey will host a discussion on e-portfolios and their uses. You do NOT have to have gone to the Thursday talk to participate.

The Social and Intellectual Practices Surrounding Electronic Portfolios:

A Collaborative Discussion

When people think about electronic portfolios, they often think first of technology, but what’s interesting and promising about portfolios isn’t the technology, but rather the social practices supporting and surrounding them. What’s also promising, and at least as important, are the intellectual practices that are unique to ePortfolios. In this discussion, we’ll focus on both social and intellectual practices, and about how to design portfolios that bring this shared promise to life.