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Submission Date March 2, 2016
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Miami University
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

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Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Susan Meikle
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Does the institution have an ongoing incentives program or programs that meet the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Miami's Humanities Center's Altman Fellows program selects a team of two Altman Fellows to cultivate interdisciplinary inquiry into a topic of their own design. Altman Fellows work with six or more Altman Faculty Scholars, distinguished visiting scholars, and select graduate and undergraduate students in a year-long interdisciplinary exploration of key issues in the humanities. The program includes a faculty seminar, which meets roughly five times per semester; a new upper-division course on the annual theme, team-taught by faculty fellows; an undergraduate fellows initiative, designed to promote excellence in undergraduate research; and a substantial program of public events.  

Most years the annual theme has been sustainability-related: "The Anthropocene" (2014-15); Globalization and Belonging (2013-2014), The Human and Nonhuman are a few.
An example from a recent Fellow was the development of a summer workshop program called Transforming Nature to communicate science in new ways. Students were writing poems about pesticides, creating art about crop diversity, and developing a video about the local watershed.

Also - Miami's Center for Teaching Excellence supports Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) for faculty who propose a professional development or course development FLC. Grant-receiving FLCs cover a wide variety of topics of interest to the faculty and Miami. A current (2015-16) FLC focuses on Diversity and Inclusion: its goal is to support an interdisciplinary group of participants in (a) their process and passions of equity work, by providing a community where participants engage with like-minded others from a variety of campus settings and (b) their development and implementation of specific, innovative and creative programs or products that have deep, positive impact on the educational experience of nondominant groups, and address one or more of the four identified core areas in Miami’s institutional diversity and inclusion goals: recruitment, retention, curriculum and culture

A brief description of the incentives that faculty members who participate in the program(s) receive:

Altman Fellows receive a half-time teaching load during the program year and devote the rest of their time to event planning, Humanities Center outreach activities, and independent research. The Humanities Center supports this teaching release by providing replacement salary (plus benefits) to the Fellow’s home department or program. Each Altman Fellow also receives a professional expenses fund of $2,500.

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Center for Teaching Excellence FLC members each receive $500 in professional development funds.

The website URL where information about the incentive program(s) is available:

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