Led by Paula Smith, professor and director of the Purposeful Risk Engagement Project at Grinnell College
Paula V. Smith joined the faculty of Grinnell College in 1987. Smith has served as chair of the English department, as director of the visiting writers program, as a member elected at-large to the Executive Council, and as associate dean of the college. During Smith’s term as associate dean, the faculty voted to institute the Mentored Advanced Project (MAP) program, representing the first major college-wide curricular reform in over three decades. As associate dean Smith also helped to establish three new academic centers (Humanities, International Studies, and Prairie Studies) as well as the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows Program at the college.