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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards $500,000 Grant to Lincoln to Fund Humanities Research, Teaching

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards $500,000 Grant to Lincoln to Fund Humanities Research, Teaching

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA — The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Lincoln University a $500,000 grant to invest in its teaching pedagogy and humanities programs thanks to a proposal submitted by President Brenda A. Allen.

“This generous gift from the Mellon Foundation represents a major step toward garnering the resources we need to achieve our educational goals and reinvest in our roots as a liberal arts institution,” said Allen. “With this grant, we will work with faculty on incorporating active learning pedagogies and enhancing curricular and co-curricular opportunities for our students.”

The grant comes off the heels of the University’s new strategic plan, which calls for a renewed focus on liberal arts and the development of strategic partnerships.

The Mellon award is a three-year investment from the Mellon Foundation and according to Allen, will enable Lincoln to “reinvigorate excitement about the arts and humanities on our campus.”

To invest in the scholarly development of the arts and humanities faculty, funds from the grant will allow Lincoln to offer summer faculty institutes where faculty members can dedicate an entire summer to research and academic writing for scholarly publications. Those participating will also have the option of hiring an undergraduate research assistant.

In addition to the summer faculty institutes, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will offer two pedagogy workshops during the first two years of the grant.

Resources from the grant will also be used for curriculum development. Curriculum workshops will be offered to each of the University’s full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members. During the workshops faculty will review and revise all courses in their majors.

Allen envisions that these new opportunities will lead to revised majors, an increase in students majoring in the arts and humanities, more active learning approaches, an increase in publications, and an increase in students pursuing graduate studies in the humanities.

Source: Lincoln University, 1570 Baltimore Pike, Lincoln University, PA 19352 United States
Featured Image: President Brenda A. Allen reviews the University’s guiding principles as part of a strategic plan address to the faculty and staff during the annual Faculty & Staff Institute in August 2018. Photo courtesy Lincoln University staff.

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