July/August 2011 Issue • Volume 39 • Issue 6

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ASA’s Howery Teaching Enhancement Grant Supports Two New Projects

Three awards designed to enrich the quality of teaching of sociology have been awarded through the American Sociological Association’s Carla B. Howery Teaching Enhancement Grant. This small grants program supports teaching projects that advance the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) within the discipline of sociology. The Carnegie Foundation has defined SoTL as "problem posing about an issue of teaching or learning, study of the problem through methods appropriate to the disciplinary epistemologies, applications of results to practice, communication of results, self-reflection, and peer review" (Cambridge, 2001). Principal criteria for the award are: the project advances the teaching and learning of sociology, serves as a seed project that will continue to have an impact over time, and will be systemic in its impact. A grant, up to $2,000, may be given to an individual, a department, a program, or a committee of a state/regional association.

The 2011 funded projects are as follows:

Natalie Byfield (St. Johns University) for "The Efficacy of Personal Writing as a Tool for Teaching Sociology."

Byfield will use her funding from the Howery Teaching Enhancement Grant to continue her study of the effectiveness of using memoir writing as a tool for teaching sociology. Using a teaching method based on Erika Duncan’s Herstory pedagogy, her study will examine the ways in which people use language or other communicative actions to build the social structures in our world.

Elizabeth Lyman and Carla Corroto (Radford University) for "Faculty and the Application of Service Learning."

Lyman and Corroto will use the Howery Grant to look at the distribution of service learning components among faculty and its implications. The study will answer two questions: (1) Who is doing the work of service learning? and (2) Are faculty who use service learning in their classes any more or less satisfied with their jobs than those who do not use it? They will be analyzing 2008 data from the Higher Education Research Institute on Faculty Performance and Educational Equity as well as qualitative data collected from the heads of service-learning departments in Virginia public universities.

The next deadline for Carla B. Howery Teaching Enhancement Grant applications is February 1, 2012. For additional information, visit the ASA website at www.asanet.org and click on "Funding." The Howery Teaching Enhancement Grant is largely supported by member donations and contributions made during the Annual Meeting at the Just Desserts Benefit Reception. See the May/June Annual Meeting insert for details about this fundraising event and plan to attend the upcoming 2011 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

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