Insitu seeks to support:

  • Faculty advising and mentorship of co-curricular students on topics related to socially engaged design ($5k per individual, 2-3 available)
  • Novel pedagogical approaches to teaching topics associated with socially engaged design through course development grants ($5-7k per course, 1-2 available)

Socially engaged design incorporates social, cultural, environmental, and economic factors to consider the broader context of design and increase the probability of successful implementation and sustainability.

Selection Criteria:
Priority will go to proposals that demonstrate:

  • High quality of proposed activities or course
  • Feasibility of proposed activities or courseRelevance to the socially engaged design student community on campus and the field of humanitarian design
  • Relevance to the socially engaged design student community on campus and the field of humanitarian design

Eligibility:
Applicants must be tenured or tenure-track faculty, clinical instructional faculty, research faculty, or lecturers who have continuing appointments at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor Campus.

Funding Decisions:
Applications will be evaluated by a team of faculty and staff from Insitu | Center for Socially Engaged Design as well as staff and faculty specialists in student engagement from across the university.


Socially Engaged Design Faculty Advising & Mentorship Funds ($5k)

Funding Priorities
Funding proposals could be, but are not limited to:

  • Faculty who spend time advising students co-curricularly on socially engaged design projects
  • Professional development for faculty co-curricular advisors related to advising activities
Requirements

Faculty are asked to spend one year mentoring and advising students on socially engaged design projects. Faculty can offer (but are not limited to offering) students:

  • Instruction on technical skills in faculty areas of expertise
  • Guidance through the design process
  • Assistance in keeping students and student teams on track
  • Advising the visioning and organizational structure of the co-curricular group
Proposal Guidelines

Applicants should submit a 1 page proposal to insitu-info@umich.edu that includes the following:

  • Description of the proposed mentoring or advising activities for the year (include # of students)
  • Description of pedagogical approach and goals
  • Description of plans for assessment and evaluation

DEADLINES:
January 16, 2017
for Winter 2017 / Fall 2017
September 18, 2017 for Fall 2017 / Winter 2018

Insitu asks that grant recipients compile a communication piece (written and/or visual) on their activities after the funding period that can be shared on the Insitu | Center for Socially Engaged Design website.


Socially Engaged Design Course Development Grants ($5-7k)

Funding is available to individual faculty or groups of faculty teams proposing innovative course development, revisions to existing courses, or initiating curricular projects in the field of socially engaged design. (1-2 grants are available with project totals of $5k-7k).

Funding Priorities
Funding proposals could be, but are not limited to:

  • The addition of a socially engaged design project and/or engaged learning experience to an existing course
  • The development of courses that incorporate the use of resources developed by Insitu | Center for Socially Engaged Design resources (Academy & Consultation Service)
Proposal Guidelines

Applicants should submit a 2 page proposal to insitu-info@umich.edu that includes the following:

  • Statement: Explain the specific course to be implemented or iterated on, clearly articulating the need for the course and how it represents an improvement upon, or important addition to, current curricular offerings in socially engaged design at U-M
  • Description of proposed activities
  • Evaluation Plan: Explain how the success of this course will be assessed, documented, and disseminated
  • Budget & Budget Justification

Budget

Provide a justification of the budget so that it is clear why each requested budget item is essential to the success of the project. Grants must be used for project costs that do not fall within the realm of regular departmental expenditures.

The following expenditures may be included: retreats, workshops or planning sessions; focus groups, surveys, and written materials; data analysis; facilitator or consultant honorarium; faculty summer salary; graduate or undergraduate student salaries; materials and supplies; travel and registration for teaching-related seminars or workshops; other travel essential to the project.

Funding is not available for: registration fees for workshops, seminars, and meetings that are not directly related to the course being developed; Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) salaries; the tuition portion of a Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) appointment.

DEADLINES:
January 16, 2017
for Winter 2017 / Fall 2017
September 18, 2017 for Fall 2017 / Winter 2018

Insitu asks that grant recipients compile a communication piece (written and/or visual) on their activities after the funding period that can be shared on the Insitu | Center for Socially Engaged Design website.

Questions?

Contact: Charlie Michaels, Assistant Director for Student and Faculty Engagement, cmic@umich.edu.