Humanities division earns NEH CARES Act grant

The City College of New York Division of Humanities and the Arts (H&A) has received a $300,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) CARES Act Grant. This grant supports a cohort of 25 adjunct faculty whose jobs might otherwise have been jeopardized by anticipated state funding cuts; creates an instructional technologist job for one recent Ph.D. in humanities; and improves the teaching of humanities courses. 

The instructional technologist will provide the adjuncts with training and support in the pedagogical use of Digital Humanities tools and platforms that will engage students more interactively and collaboratively in an online environment during COVID-19, particularly in the General Education courses that are foundational to student success and interest in the humanities. When we return to in-person instruction, instructor training in the use of cutting-edge software will continue to create opportunities for students to explore new approaches in studying languages and literatures; history; philosophy; art , theater, and music history; Black Studies, Jewish Studies, and Asian Studies. Share-out events and the availability of the instructional technologist to other H&A faculty will further advance the use of digital tools, improving the teaching of humanities at City College and preparing students for success in college and the workplace. H&A Deputy Dean Renata Kobetts Miller serves as principal investigator of the project which is titled, Retention and Professional Development of Adjuncts in a COVID-19 Instructional Environment at the City College of New York.

“This grant makes it possible for us to achieve two important goals: to retain vital adjunct faculty and to enhance the delivery of innovative and high-quality remote instruction in the humanities,” said H&A Dean Erec R. Koch.

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