Over 20 Faculty to Receive Funding through CAS Targeted Funding Initiative (TFI)

Dean Gregory Budzban

Despite shorter days and colder temperatures, the mood among faculty at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville is warm with over twenty project proposals to receive funding through the College Arts and Sciences (CAS) Targeted Funding Initiative (TFI).

Each fall, the TFI funds faculty and staff proposals with a revenue sharing model using income from Winter Session along with additional funding from the Dean’s office. “TFI functions as a seed fund supporting innovative ideas by our faculty and staff,” stated Budzban. “Funding comes back and goes to innovative projects that have the potential to develop into applications that have impact across the college.”

Since its creation in 2015, Dean Budzban has provided over $600,000 to faculty and staff though the TFI, supporting creativity and innovation in the College. The projects will undoubtedly enhance learning, deepen connections with the community and local organizations, and improve upon campus spaces and instructional technologies. A sampling of projects by faculty funded this year are summarized below:

  • East St. Louis Charter High School Creative Writing Club 2.0, Valerie Vogrin, Department of English Language and Literature
  • Development of Learning Modules to Enhance Student Performance in Organic Chemistry, Sarah Luesse, Department of Chemistry
  • The Sankofa Residency: A Black Theater Program with the East St Louis Charter High School / Kathryn Bentley, Department of Theater & Dance
  • A collaborative community project with East Side Aligned to engage residents for community success, Suman Mishra, Department of Mass Communications
  • Environmental Sciences Academic and Career Opportunities for Upward Bound Participants, Ben Greenfield, Department of Environmental Sciences
  • SIUE Violence Research Center, a market exploration, Dennis Mares, Criminal Justice
  • SIUE East St Louis Performing Arts Music Program, Ricky Haydon, Department of Music & Mary Jo Pembrook, East St. Louis Center (ESLC) Performing Arts Program
  • Daniel Feller Lecture on Andrew Jackson Presidency, Rowena McClinton & Erik Alexander, Department of Historical Studies
  • Early Modern—Saint Louis, a conference on Modern philosophy, Richard Fry, Department of Philosophy
  • Hosting a “Digital Humanities in the Undergraduate Experience” Conference at SIUE, Lewis & Clark Community College, Kristine Hildebrandt & Jessica DeSpain, Department of English and Literature and the IRIS Center; Katie Knowles & Ben Ostermeier, IRIS Center


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