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Individual Gore Summer Grants 2003

Notes from Academic Vice President Stephen Baar

Seven Individual Gore Grants have been awarded to Westminster faculty members for summer 2003. Gore Grants are supported by the Gore Excellence in Teaching Fund of the Bill and Vieve Gore Endowment.

In making its selections, the faculty Professional Development Committee used the following criteria: Will the project enhance the educational experience of students? Will it contribute to a faculty member's development as a teacher? Will it contribute to a faculty member's discipline? Will it contribute to the betterment of the college or the community?

Faculty members use the grants to write and research in their fields, develop curriculum, and continue their education. The next fall, faculty members who are awarded grants write progress reports, which become available for other faculty to review.

The success of many of our faculty's outstanding projects can be attributed to the Gore Grant program. The grants have helped faculty write novels, scholarly books, and articles; reengineer courses; develop new curriculum; and sharpen teaching skills.

The following faculty have been awarded Gore Individual Grants for summer 2003:

Richard Badenhausen, Associate Professor, Director of the Honors Program, to revise for publication a manuscript that discusses a World War I memoir by a British nurse. The project bridges the fields of trauma studies and World War I literature, and focuses specifically on women's war writing.

Kristi Fassio, Assistant Professor of Education, to continue research on early literacy pedagogy at Rose Park Elementary School in Salt Lake City. The goal is to improve literacy instruction.

Peter Goldman, Assistant Professor of English, to work on a book about iconoclasm in Shakespeare. Shakespearean iconoclasm constitutes a revolt of the "private" against the "public" in the context of the English Reformation.

Brian K. Jorgensen, Assistant Professor of Marketing, to study people's reactions toward the practice of downloading digital products, e.g., music files, from the internet. Issues include the motivations for and ethics of this practice, as well as its impact on the music industry. Nancy Panos Schmitt, Associate Professor of Marketing, will also be working on this study.

Fatima Mujcinovic, Assistant Professor of English, to finish three projects: an article on the concept of "home" for minority writers in the United States, the development of an upper division class focusing on literary works that deal with the notion of "exile," and the translation and publication of a short story by a well-known Bosnian writer.

Claire Richards, Assistant Professor of Accounting, to continue her research and prepare a paper for presentation and publication on the disclosure patterns of public companies when releasing prospective earnings and sales information to the marketplace.

Gretchen Siegler, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, to extend her research of Caribbean social and religious organizations to study expatriate communities, groups that anthropologists often overlook in studies of indigenous populations.