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2019 Cohort for the MC-Smithsonian Faculty Fellowship Is Named

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Category: Accolades

Published: Nov 9 2018 12:00AM

The MC-Smithsonian Faculty Fellowship program is delighted to announce the 2019 Fellowship cohort. Once again, the group represents faculty from a wide range of disciplines who will spend the year investigating the 2019 theme, The Search for an American Identity: Building a Nation Together.

The cohort includes: Matthew Decker (English, TPSS), Lucinda Grinnell (Women's and Gender Studies, RV), Megan Howard (English, RV), Iyelli Ichile (History, RV), Alison Melley (Psychology, GT), Jarek Michalonek (ELAP, RV), Hoa Nguyen (Economics, RV), Vincent Patterson (Music, RV), Genesis Powers (ELAP, TPSS), Michelle Prendergast (English, GT) and Tracie Witte (Sociology, RV).

Faculty Fellows will spend the spring 2019 semester delving into museum learning and pedagogy as they travel to the Smithsonian for a series of seminars and tours designed for our theme by Smithsonian curators and educators. During the fall 2019 semester, they will be implementing theme-based activities and assignments that integrate museum objects and collections with course content. Through the Fellowship, faculty and students experiment with time-tested and novel pedagogical approaches to help MC students formulate their own questions, generate knowledge and develop more sophisticated approaches to critical thinking and problem-solving.

The MC-Smithsonian Faculty Fellowship is the product of a unique collaboration between the Paul Peck Humanities Institute (PPHI) and the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access. It is the first of its kind for the Smithsonian Institution and a community college .The Fellowship is the signature program of the PPHI, with the 2019 cohort marking the beginning of the 22nd year of this amazing collaboration. During that time, more than 200 professors have participated in the Fellowship, guiding well over 23,000 MC students through various Smithsonian museums as part of the program.

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