Ford/Knight Project Guidelines

2015-16 Academic Year Proposal Guidelines

Collaboration is the key to much of the research and scholarly activity at Earlham. Each year members of the Earlham teaching faculty apply for Ford/Knight (F/K) grants to support student/faculty collaborative research teams.

For 2014-15, the F/K Committee approved 16 projects involving 18 faculty from Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science and Fine Arts divisions plus a librarian. These projects are:

  • Michael Birkel (Religion), Religion and Doctor Who
  • Michael Birkel (Religion), πνεῦμα: Breath, Spirit, Flute, Meditation
  • Amy Bryant (Library/Archives), Digitizing Collections: The Earlham Permanent Art Collection
  • Martha Byrne (Mathematics), The Mathematics of Games
  • Len Clark (Philosophy), The Spirit and Practice of Consensus-seeking
  • Welling Hall (Politics), Political Art: The art and Symbol of Peace and the Rejection of Violence
  • Tom Hamm & Betsy Schlabach (History), The Antislavery Movement in Indiana, 1800-1850
  • Steve Heiny (Classics), Seamus Heaney’s “The Bookcase”
  • Scott Hess (English), Nature and Identity in Romantic Landscape Painting
  • Raja Krishnan (Economics), Educational Actors and the Dynamics and Mechanics of Collaboration
  • Ann-Eliza Lewis (Museum Studies), Curating Ethnographic and Archaeological Collections at the Joseph Moore Museum
  • Amy Mulnix (Biology), Teacher-Motivations for Innovated Classroom Pedagogy
  • Jennifer Seely (Politics), The Study of Africa and Earlham
  • Alice Shrock (History), Uppity Women: Quaker Women as Agents of Advancement Abroad
  • Kalani Seu (Chemistry), Techniques for Investigating the Interaction of EGCG with Lipid Vesicles
  • Nancy Taylor & Walt Bistline (Arts), Photos on Fabric

A list of Ford/Knight Projects since 1986 is available online.

If you are interested in applying for a F/K project, there are two deadlines to observe (both are on the first Wednesday of the month).

  • Wednesday, November 5, 2014: for submitting a preliminary statement. The committee needs approximately two paragraphs describing your project (topic, projected research and outcomes, plans for sharing your research with the Earlham community) AND a close estimate of dollar costs.
  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014: for submitting the final proposal.

The final statement for a Ford/Knight project should include the following components, in this order:

  1. Name and title of faculty director
  2. Title of project
  3. What is the research to be conducted? What are the anticipated learning goals and outcomesfor yourself, the students, and the community? How does the project relate to the mission of the college? Please be specific. Note that items #1, 2 and 3 could be included in reports describing F/K projects, and posted on the F/K web page.
  4. Exactly how will the work be collaborative? Specifically, what research and analytical work will thestudentsdo? How will the students' work be evaluated? Please be specific, especially in relating assessment to student learning.
  5. What academic preparation should students have?
  6. How many students will be involved? Four students is the norm, but past projects have had as few as three and as many as eight students.
  7. What is the schedule for the project? Please indicate
    • semester and year during which the project will occur
    • how the work will be accomplished during a semester, and perhaps
    • how time before and/or after the research term is to be used.
    • Note: FK projects earn 3 credits.
  8. How will your released time be provided? If you are to be replaced, how will this be arranged?
  9. What is the budget for the entire project? Please include the costs of ANY faculty released time during a regular semester as $8,000 (even if your replacement may earn less). Most project totals fall within the $9,000 to $10,000 range, INCLUDING the cost of faculty replacement. Note: the F/K Fund can no longer cover the costs of students' books and of extensive group travel. However, we can support individual faculty travel to conduct researchessentialto the F/K project. Proposals should clearly indicate why the travel is essential, and what specific costs would be. Project directors can also request funds to purchase personal books and educational materialsnecessaryfor project preparation; requests should include an itemized list of materials to be purchased.
  10. How will the project impact your teaching generally?
  11. What are your plans for sharing your research results with the Earlham community? Publications, exhibits, departmental colloquia, presentations at the Earlham Annual Research Conference, and readers' theater performances are just a few of the vehicles used in the past.

Here are some sample proposals from:

You are encouraged to discuss your plans with a member of the F/K Committee before you apply. Committee members are  Amy Mulnix, ext. 1498; Neal Baker, ext. 1355; Patty Lamson, ext. 1424; James Logan, ext. 1528 (convener). The Administrative Associate for the Ford/Knight Program is Cheri Gaddis ext. 1525, 1526.

Note: Final reports on F/K projects are due by June 30 of the academic year in which the project occurred. You must submit a final report in order to be considered for future grants.

A complete account of expenses, with receipts, should accompany your final report. It is expected that any unused portion of an expense award will be returned to the College when you submit your final report.

Individuals who submit proposals that are not funded by the Ford/Knight Committee may appeal the Committee's decisions to the Academic Dean.

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