Pedagogical Initiative

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Now in its fifth year, the Humanities Plus Pedagogical Initiative has supported more than 50 scholars in adopting innovative and inclusive pedagogical approaches. The Initiative supports Humanities faculty in adopting innovative and inclusive pedagogical approaches with incentive grants, pedagogical consultations, and the support and insight of a deeply committed community of scholar-teachers.

Incentive grants in the form of research/professional development funds will be approximately $2,000. Humanities undergraduate courses of 3 credits or more (or attached to courses of 3 credits or more), including Interdisciplinary Honors Seminars originating in Humanities departments, are eligible. These funds are available for all instructors; recipients do not need to have a research account to receive them. Professional development funds can be used for purchasing research or pedagogy-related books and resources; expenses related to research, including Scholarship of Teaching and Learning research; registration and attendance at conferences related to your Rutgers disciplinary appointment; and other forms of professional development.

2024 Application Materials – Applications were Due March 22 2024

Humanities Plus Call for Proposals 2024

Humanities Plus Application 2024

2024 applications are now closed, and all recipients have been notified. A new call is typically posted in mid-Spring semester.

For More Information

Chair, Humanities Plus Steering Committee Professor Alessandro Vettori

SAS Director of Teaching, Learning and Assessment David Goldman

2023-2024 Award Recipients

Elementary Russian (Russian and East European Languages and Literatures) - Professor Cori Anderson

Food for Thought: Food Culture in the Spanish-Speaking World (Spanish & Portuguese) - Professor Yeon-soo Kim

Art and Activism (English—Writing Program) - Professor Nancy Martin

Advanced Conversation and Civilization (Italian) - Professor Carmela Scala

Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies (Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) - Professor Kyla Schuller

Introduction to Logic (Philosophy) - Professor Alexander Skiles

Minds, Machines, Persons (Philosophy) - Professor Wes Skolits

Francophilia: Literature and Sexuality in Early Modern France (French) - Professor Jennifer Tamas


2022-2023 Award Recipients

Advanced French: Writing Styles (French) - Professor Ann-Catherine Aubert

Language, ideology, and discrimination in the United States (Spanish & Portuguese) - Professor Joseph Casillas

Korea in Translations: Contemporary Korean Media (Asian Languages & Cultures) - Professor Young-Mee Cho & Professor Hee Chung Chung

Literature and Culture of Spain (Spanish & Portuguese) - Professor Dámaris Otero-Torres

Art and Medicine  (Art History) - Professor Jenevieve DeLosSantos & Professor Susan Sidlauskas

Topics in Black Literature & Culture: "Black Translation" (English) - Professor Stéphane Robolin

One Mind, Two Languages (Spanish & Portuguese) - Professor Nuria Sagarra

Research in the Disciplines (English) - Profesor Elif Sendur

Spanish American Theater (Spanish & Portuguese) - Professor Camilla Stevens

2021-2022 Award Recipients

History and Asylum Law in the U.S. (History) — Professor Yesenia Barragan

Radial Modernism and Anti-Art, 1900–1932 (German Language and Literature) — Professor Nicola Behrmann

Thinking Through Puzzles (Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar, Philosophy) — Professor Justin Kalef

Contemporary German and European Cinema (German Language and Literature) — Professor Regina Karl

Tolstoy (Russian and East European Languages and Literatures) — Professor Chloë Kitzinger

Research in the Disciplines: Stories of War (Writing Program) — Professor Nancy Martin

Power and Nation Building in Spanish America (Spanish and Portuguese) —Professor Marcy Schwartz

Language Development (Linguistics) — Professor Kristen Syrett

How the French Invented the Female Gaze: Early Modern Fairy Tales (French) — Professor Jennifer Tamas

Rutgers Meets Japan: Revisiting Early U.S.-Japan Encounters (Asian Languages and Cultures) — Professor Haruko Wakabayashi

2020-2021 Award Recipients

Sports and Religion (Religion) — Professor Debra Ballentine

Introduction to Korean Culture (Asian Languages and Cultures) — Professor Jae Won Edward Chung

The Contemporary American (American Studies) — Professor Angus K. Gillespie

Disrupting Inequality: Social Technologies for the 21st Century (English, Comparative Literature) — Professor Lauren Goodlad

Topics in Media Theory: Sound Studies (English) — Professor Carter Mathes

Current Moral and Social Issues (Philosophy) — Professor Trip McCrossin

Religion and the Arts (Religion) — Professor Dugan McGinley

French Gastronomy and Global Food Culture (French) — Professor Ana Pairet

Advanced Translation (Spanish and Portuguese) — Professors Laura Ramírez-Polo and Miguel Jiménez-Crespo

Law and History (History) — Professors Julia Stephens and Judith Surkis

Dante and Medieval Culture (Italian) — Professor Alessandro Vettori

2019-2020 Award Recipients

Europe, Africa, and America (History)

Professor Cooper reconceptualizes a course not taught in many years with the addition of resources in new media, including digital mapping and audiovisual materials. This exposure to a broad geography while showing interconnections globally will prepare students for a 1-credit winter study abroad trip to Benin.

Marx, Nietzsche, Freud (German, Russian and East European Languages and Literatures)

Professor Rennie introduces polling technology (iClicker or Top Hat) to a large lecture course that already includes regular group work. This enables him to gauge whether all students understand the material, as well as to involve those who may feel less authorized to participate in a large lecture course.

Accidents and Disasters in the US and the World (History)

Professor Pietruska scales up without sacrificing collaboration among students or their close engagement with the course material. This is made possible by the adoption of Active Learning pedagogy and technologies in an Active Learning-dedicated classroom 

Feminist Practices (Women’s and Gender Studies)

Professors Rajan and Nachescu reorganize their course around podcasting. Students build from listening to podcasts, to creating them in groups, to conducting their own research project and creating a podcast about that project. This allows students to develop their mastery of a new medium while reflecting on its possibilities and limitations as a tool of feminist practices.

Religions of the Western World (Religion)

Professor Fruchtman incorporates Just-in-Time Teaching techniques into a content-rich 200-level course. This teaching strategy asks students to submit “warm-up” exercises shortly before class. By reviewing and incorporating those exercises into the day’s class presentation, Professor Fruchtman ensures student engagement and assesses students’ comprehension of the day’s material. 

Writing for Media (School of Communciation and Information)

Professor Kremen designs a new template for a multi-section writing course that will be taught by several instructors. Working with Rutgers’ Cyberlearning Innovation and Research Center, she also incorporates artificial-intelligence software to automatically generate online grammar assessments tailored to each student’s needs. 

Elementary Korean (Asian Languages and Cultures)

Professors Cho and Chun repurpose class time through flipped learning: moving rote aspects of language pedagogy online in a format that encourages self-paced lectures and self-assessment. This frees instructors to devote class time to interactive practices and activities that encourage creative engagement.

Global East Asia (Asian Languages and Cultures)

Professor Schalow and his teaching assistants shift from interdisciplinarity to transdisciplinarity through increased reliance on active learning techniques appropriate to a very large lecture course. Likewise, projects demanding greater individual engagement will replace the current short paper assignments.

Masterpieces of Greek and Roman Art (Classics)

Professor Peruzzi transforms a standard lecture course with Project-Based Learning. In lieu of a final paper and exam, students will create educational materials targeted at a broader public.

History Workshop (History)

Professor Townsend involves undergraduates in an ongoing research project on understudied Lenape legends found in manuscripts in the Smithsonian. Students will integrate this archival work with information gained through exchange with young people in Lenape descent communities, now known as the Delaware, who live in Oklahoma.

American Folklore (American Studies)

Professor Kennedy creates opportunities for her students to practice in the field what they learn in the classroom. Using fieldwork equipment kits, students apply their classroom instruction in ethnographic methodology by conducting interviews, engaging in cultural encounters, and producing documentation of the artists and communities selected to be a part of the New Jersey Folk Festival.