Last year the NAC&U Faculty Ambassadors proposed a pilot project known as the Collaboration, Growth, and Innovation (CGI) Grant to encourage and facilitate cross-institutional collaborative projects that involve NAC&U faculty, administrators, and staff. Approved by the NAC&U Board of Directors in June 2017 its creation is designed to foster connections and seed collaborative projects in the areas of teaching, service, research, and scholarship at NAC&U institutions.

Six proposals representing nine member campuses were received for evaluation. Proposals were judged on how well they supported cross-institutional collaboration, their originality or innovation, and the potential for continuing and/or scaling the collaboration. The CGI selection committee consisted of Beth Harville, Provost, Drury University; Joe Dreisbach, Provost, The University of Scranton; Stuart Sidle, Associate Provost, University of New Haven; and Lawrence Potter, Dean and Professor of the College of Arts & Sciences at University of La Verne.

The following proposals were selected for funding:

Student-Run Public Relations Firm Video Training Series 

Alisa Agozzino, Associate Professor of Public Relations, and Kathie Fleck, Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies, both of Ohio Northern University; Kevin Trowbridge, Assistant Professor of Public Relations, Belmont University

Faculty advisers from two of the leading Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Star Chapters will plan the development of resources for either starting or participating in a high-impact educational practice of a student-run PR firm.

Climate Technologies and Religious Studies

Forrest Clingerman, Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy Institution’ Ohio Northern University; Kevin J. O’Brien, Associate Professor of Religion and Dean of Humanities, Pacific Lutheran University

This project will explore and utilize pedagogical resources and tools for teaching about the intersections of technology, climate change, and religion as well as organize future interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects on climate technologies and religion.

Interprofessional Education (IPE)

Ellen Contopidis, Director of Graduate Childhood and Early Childhood Programs and Cathy Rasmussen, Associate Dean for Compliance and Clinical Affairs and Director, York Wellness & Rehabilitation Institute, both of Nazareth College; Gina Niemeier, Associate Program Chair, Physician Assistant Science, and Michael Roscoe, Director and Chair, Physician Assistant Science, both of University of Evansville

This collaboration will allow the institutions to expedite further development of interprofessional education as they expand platforms, refine current programs, develop new ones, and improve assessment practices.