Through the David A. Gardner Magic Project, the Council invites pairs or groups of Princeton faculty members to apply for summer stipends of $7500 to develop team-taught undergraduate courses that reach beyond a single department/unit and are explicitly interdisciplinary in their conception.
The Program in Humanistic Studies offers summer grants of up to $7500 for each of the assistant, associate, and full professors who team teach in interdisciplinary courses:
We also seek proposals for new team-taught, interdisciplinary courses that are of broad interest across departments and divisions, thereby fulfilling a requirement in the Humanistic Studies certificate. The certificate in interdisciplinary study aims to increase the reach of the humanities across campus, reaching undergraduates of diverse disciplinary backgrounds, including those who are majoring in the social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering but also have a serious and longstanding interest in the humanities.
Eligible courses normally will be based in Humanistic Studies and will fulfill a requirement for the undergraduate certificate, with some seats reserved for those students. These courses should examine larger questions and major texts, building bridges either within the humanistic disciplines or across the humanities, creative arts, social sciences and natural sciences. For team-taught courses with a home designation of Humanistic Studies, the Humanities Council will be able to support the FTE for one (and sometimes both) of the faculty members. For team-taught courses that are cross-listed with Humanistic Studies, faculty may apply for funding to support course-related expenses, including field trips, materials, and guest speakers.
Examples of past team-taught courses include “Imagined Languages” (Michael Gordin and Joshua Katz); “Adventures in Ideas” (Robert George and Cornel West); and “Witness” (Martha Sandweiss and Esther Schor).
Assistant, Associate or Full Professors are invited to express interest for AY 19-20 or AY 20-21 and may apply in pairs or groups. A single faculty member may indicate an interest in a topic; the Humanities Council will work with partners on campus to identify faculty interested in collaboration. One member of the proposed team must be home-based in a humanities department or in a humanities-related social science (e.g., history, cultural anthropology, political theory).
For innovative courses that are not eligible for course preparation grants, Magic Grants may nonetheless support a range of course-related activities, including class trips, break trips, guest speakers, and international components. See “Innovation Grants.”
How to Apply
Interested colleagues are encouraged to email Kathleen Crown, Executive Director, with a one-page course proposal or to request for more information.
There are two avenues for applying:
- Two or more faculty members may apply as a team by submitting a one-page proposal.
- Individual faculty members may apply by describing a course that would benefit from collaboration with a colleague in another branch of the university. When possible, the Council will work with partners on campus (eg, Council for Science and Technology, the Lewis Center for the Arts) to help identify appropriate intellectual counterparts.
Course proposals for academic year 2019-20 should be submitted by December 4, 2018. Queries about courses to be offered in 2019-20 are considered on a rolling basis and should be emailed to Kathleen Crown, Executive Director.