In order to encourage and support the kind of innovation necessary for Redefining Doctoral Education, we would like to encourage faculty in the humanities to undertake course work in other departments or schools or at other institutions, as relevant to new, innovative teaching strategies. Ideally these mini versions of the Mellon New Directions program will enhance collaborative teaching and research involving humanities scholars and their counterparts in other disciplines. Through a competitive process, a $15,000 award will be granted to faculty members who can demonstrate that their intended course work will help them train graduate students in areas and capacities beyond their traditional academic discipline, which will help students succeed both within and beyond the university. The selection committee will consist of a subcommittee of four from our Advisory Committee, as well as two faculty representing two other Washington University schools (Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, the Brown School of Social Work, the Engineering School, or the Olin Business School).
We held the first competition for these grants in fall 2018. Selected faculty will enroll in their first courses in summer 2019 or fall 2019. Our goal is to offer four Cross-Training Grants over four years, for a total of sixteen. The second competition will be held fall 2019. Faculty may reapply for a second grant if there is compelling reason to expand course work in a new field. How the grant funds will be expended depends on the course, its location, and when it is being offered. Some faculty might use their funds for a course release (with their chair’s approval) to take a class during the standard teaching semester, and some of the funds would then be directed toward replacement teaching and tuition. Others might use their funds for summer salary and to support summer study at Washington University or elsewhere. (Depending on the level of the course offered, some options might be partially covered by the employee tuition benefit plan.) Because of the range of possible options under this initiative, all proposals will require a detailed budget and approval of the faculty member’s chair.