2017 Faculty Advancement Seed Grants Awardees

Advance Faculty Excellence, Support Professional Development, and Engage in Dialogue Centered on Diversity and Inclusiveness

The Sanford School of Public Policy is constantly striving to improve the quality of our faculty and our instruction and the climate of diversity and inclusion at our school. To that end, the Sanford School seeks to advance faculty excellence, support professional development, and engage in dialogue centered on diversity and inclusiveness. To institute change around these efforts, a number of activities will be put in place around three themes over the course of the calendar year: Faculty Mentoring; Inclusive Teaching and Student Mentoring; and Building an Inclusive Community.
Judith Kelley, Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy, ITT/Terry Sanford Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Political Science, and Bass Fellow


Advancing Faculty Writers Through Summer Writing Retreats

As a result of the successful momentum gained through the Duke Faculty Write Program's annual summer writing retreat, this project seeks to further support writers through the following activities:  (1) a week-long intensive summer writing retreat that features writing workshops, consultations, seminar discussions, and dedicated writing time for faculty; (2) two fall semester writing retreats, one in August and one in December, that provide dedicated writing time and space during the academic year and a framework for reconnecting with the summer writing community; (3) writing group facilitation to help faculty form and sustain writing groups during the academic year; (4) consultations. These efforts aim to advance scholarship and build a sense of community within the institution. Specifically, outreach will include inviting participants through faculty lists by college and schools, the Office for Faculty Advancement, Teaching for Equity Fellows (2015-present), the Duke Faculty Women’s Network, and new faculty.
Jennifer Ahern-Dodson, Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Thompson Writing Program, Director of Outreach for the Thompson Writing Program, and Associate Director of Language, Arts & Media Program


The Black Think Tank at Duke University

The Black Think Tank, a platform to connect faculty of color through multidisciplinary research projects, is an effort to create and strengthen our community of scholars by developing multidisciplinary and inter-departmental research projects. The Black Think Tank platform will provide opportunities for mentoring and networking. The first integrative project will be a comparative study of race, genetics, and culture in Brazil and the US South.
Gustavo Silva, Assistant Professor of Biology
Jarvis C. McInnis, Assistant Professor of English
Joseph Richard Winters II, Alexander F. Hehmeyer Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Associate Professor of African and African American Studies, English, and Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies


Writing and ReseArch Productivity (WRAP) Group for Underrepresented Faculty

In an effort to promote faculty excellence and support underrepresented faculty members, the Center for Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research (CBHDR) will create a Writing and ReseArch Productivity (WRAP) group. The overarching goal of the WRAP group is to develop structure and provide resources for enhancing faculty research and increase publication rates for group members through the development of intensive, cohort-based writing experiences.
Tyson Brown, Associate Professor of Sociology