Q:   What is the larger goal of the Collaborative?
A:  Our funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports creation of a program in  southern Appalachian studies, in partnership with Yale University.

Q:  What areas of study is the Collaborative particularly interested in supporting?
A:  The terms of the Mellon grant establish the arts, humanities, and humanities-centered social sciences as conceptual drivers, but proposals from all disciplines are welcomed.

Q:  Are any disciplines given priority at this stage of the program?
A:  The Collaborative is particularly interested in fostering initiatives focused on economics and economic development, public health, literature, and the arts in southern Appalachia – all areas that are underserved by Sewanee’s current curriculum.

Q:  Is there a larger curricular goal for these courses?
A:  We hope to implement an interdisciplinary minor in Appalachian Studies in 2016.

Q:  What general outcomes are sought for courses and research projects?
A:  Broadly, we seek to promote greater understanding of the region both within and beyond the academy.  We encourage projects that will have positive community impacts and promote public scholarship.

Q:  Are any particular research or teaching methods preferred?
A:  The Collaborative’s steering committee views these methods as particularly promising and supportive of the inclusive work we encourage.

Q:  How will you support collaborations between Sewanee and Yale?
A:  The Collaborative already supports faculty exchanges to enhance courses at Sewanee, and could offer similar aid for courses at Yale.  We also encourage development of shared courses that, typically through technology, involve faculty and/or students from Sewanee and Yale, as well as joint research projects.

Q:  How do I find a colleague at the other institution who will partner in this work?
A:  Members of the Collaborative’s steering committee can help facilitate partnerships.

Q:  How do I identify community partners with whom I might collaborate?
A:  The Collaborative’s steering committee can help make connections with community members who may be interested in your course or research project.
Q:  How will you support collaborations with community partners?
A:  The Collaborative and the University’s Office of Civic Engagement can assist you in enlisting community members’ aid with your work.  The Collaborative also has funds available to help compensate community partners involved in projects we support.

Q:  What elements should a successful project proposal demonstrate?
A:  The following aspects will prove helpful to receive and effectively use funding:

  • aspirational yet realistic goals,
  • meaningful approaches to project assessment and evaluation,
  • evidence of sustainability and/or a foundation for development of future efforts,
  • steps demonstrating how community partners will realize promised deliverables,
  • potential to involve a significant number of faculty, students, and/or community partners in worthwhile experiences.

Q:  How do I apply for support from the Collaborative?
A:  Send a letter of inquiry describing the work you intend to do and how the Collaborative might help.  We will work with you to refine your project, if it fits within our guidelines.  There are no deadlines, but the sooner you begin the process, the sooner we can offer assistance.