Southwestern University has received a three-year, $150,000 grant from The Mellon Foundation to develop collaborative programs among faculty members.

Faculty members can apply to use the grant funds for cross-disciplinary projects in one of five areas: study abroad, research, developing new teaching strategies, community-based learning or diversity.

Over the course of the three-year grant, between 20 and 40 proposals might be funded. Grants will range from $2,500 to $10,000.

“In addition to enhancing the scholarly work of individual faculty members, this grant will build Southwestern’s liberal arts education into a more comprehensive and cross-disciplinary experience for our students,” said Southwestern University Provost Jim Hunt.

Hunt said Southwestern plans to continue the program once funding from the Mellon Foundation ends.

This is the third grant Southwestern has received from the Mellon Foundation for collaborative projects. The university has previously received $150,000 to develop a three-year faculty exchange project with several historically black colleges and universities, and $100,000 to develop a three-year student exchange project with the same schools. Schools participating with Southwestern in these two programs are Dillard University in New Orleans, Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Morehouse College in Atlanta and Rhodes College in Memphis.

President Jake B. Schrum was invited to apply for the grant as part of the Mellon Foundation’s Presidential Leadership Grant program.


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