Through a partnership between the Yale University Art Gallery and Yale’s Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, Yale faculty in STEM fields are invited to apply for curriculum development grants of $1,000 (awarded as research funds) to introduce or strengthen use of the Gallery’s collections and exhibitions in their courses. Research has demonstrated that firsthand engagement with art in the context of a thoughtfully designed class visit to the museum can deepen or expand students’ understanding of course content, foster creativity and a sense of community, as well as enhance specific skills and thinking dispositions. Faculty in STEM disciplines in particular can benefit from collections-based pedagogies that enhance visual description and analytical skills, evidentiary reasoning, interdisciplinary thinking, perspective-taking and creative problem-solving.
Grant recipients will be required to: 1) attend a colloquium with presentations from outside speakers on teaching with art in STEM fields on Friday, October 14, 2022, 1:30–4:00 pm; 2) participate in a two-hour workshop on collections-based pedagogies during the week of October 24, 2022; and 3) include at least one museum session in a course offered in the 2022–23 academic year. Grant recipients are encouraged to schedule individual consultations with Gallery staff to plan their class visits.
The grants are open to all Yale instructors of record, including tenured and tenure-track faculty, clinical instructional faculty, lecturers, lectors, and part-time acting instructors (PTAIs) who are teaching in the 2022–23 academic year.
Complete the application form below and send it in an email (as a PDF) with the subject line “Curriculum Development Grant Application” to Liliana.Milkova@yale.edu by 5:00 pm EDT on September 30, 2022. General questions may be directed to the same address. Information about the collections and special exhibitions for 2022-23 is included at the bottom of the application document.
Award notifications will be sent on or before October 5, 2022.
These grants are generously supported through the YangTse Foundation Fund for programs fostering the interdisciplinary appreciation of art and architecture across the academic curriculum.