St. Paul, Minn. – Macalester College has received an $800,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for programming that highlights the importance of diverse perspectives and tools from different disciplines as well as expanded efforts to engage the public in faculty scholarship.

The award, entitled “Making Meaning,” began October 1, 2018 and will end June 30, 2022. Activities will be administered by the Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching, a department of the college conceived in 2002 to support the professional development of faculty members.

The programming will allow Macalester faculty to work collaboratively on course development that incorporates multiple perspectives. Faculty and academic-related staff will also be able to receive advanced training in digital liberal arts approaches, efforts that were initiated with a previous Andrew W. Mellon Foundation award. Further, faculty members who wish to share their scholarly passions with audiences beyond campus will have access to professional development opportunities related to presenting their work to diverse publics or advocating for their fields.

“The support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation allows Macalester to showcase the value of the arts and humanities through both curricular and faculty development programming,” said Karine Moe, Provost and Dean of the Faculty. “We are excited by opportunities for our faculty to innovate in ways that prepare students for success beyond Macalester.”

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October 23 2018

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