Winners of New MLA Grant Programs Announced

The MLA launched two new grant programs in 2018 to promote innovative teaching projects and enhance career development opportunities for part-time faculty members. Both grants are funded by the MLA fund-raising campaign Paving the Way: For the Future.

MLA Humanities Innovation Course Development Grant

The winning projects include an undergraduate general education course that draws on the multidisciplinary expertise of black studies faculty members and a course in which students will gather oral histories of Hurricane Maria and its aftermath.

Congratulations to the following:

Ricia Chansky, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

Project title: “Puerto Rican Lives after the Hurricane”

Jennifer Gipson and Gilles Bousquet, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Project title: “Intelligence Ex Machina? Machine/Human Interactions in Film, Literature, and Culture from the French Revolution to the Age of AI”

Maria Lima and Lytton Smith, State University of New York, Geneseo

Project title: “HUMN 222: Black Humanities”

Irina Gendelman and Jeff Birkenstein, Saint Martin’s University

Project title: “From the Beginning: Indigenous Storytelling of Food and Medicine”

Katherine G. Trostel and Elizabeth Kavran, Ursuline College

Project title: “From Rustbelt to Revival: Exploring the Legacy of Segregation, Inequality, and Social Justice in Cleveland through the Lens of the Anisfield-Wolf Canon”

For more information on the Humanities Innovation Course Development Grant, visit the MLA Web site early next year.

Professional Development Grant for Part-Time Faculty Members

“It is simple but really makes a difference,” as one applicant described the MLA’s new professional development grant program. Faculty members who earn the majority of their income from teaching part-time at a college or university are eligible for these $1,000 grants, which may be used for technology purchases, continuing education, research or conference travel, and other expenses related to career development.

The first group of winners will use the grants for conducting research at an archive, purchasing a laptop needed for online teaching, and presenting at the MLA International Symposium in Lisbon. We are pleased to congratulate the twelve winners:

  • Vincent Adiutori (Chicago, IL), research travel
  • Jessie Casteel (Houston, TX), conference travel
  • Sarah Coluccio (Flushing, NY), research travel
  • David Copenhafer (Brooklyn, NY), open-access publication of the author’s scholarship
  • Eda Dedebas Dundar (Kirkland, WA), technology purchase
  • Shu-Ting Kao (Taipei City, Taiwan), conference travel
  • Michelle Sharp (Eagan, MN), conference travel
  • Maria Stracke (Philadelphia, PA), professional training or certification
  • Monroe Street (Brooklyn, NY), professional training or certification
  • Leah Van Vaerenewyck (Wrentham, MA), conference travel
  • Graydon Wetzler (La Jolla, CA), conference travel
  • Christine Woody (Ridgewood, NY), technology purchase

Find out how to apply for the next Professional Development Grant for Part-Time Faculty Members grant cycle.