I am delighted to acknowledge the generous research grant that Webster University has awarded me for Summer 2018!
[This is the big happy news that I got a month ago, but needed to withhold until my employer made their own announcement.]
The Messing Award is perhaps the most prestigious internal grant award available to faculty. The grant, for international research and travel during the summer months, provides one full-time faculty member per year funding for an international summer activity that strengthens the curriculum of the faculty member’s department or improves the teaching/learning relationship.
The Rathaus, or City Hall.
So I’ll be going to Vienna for the best part of July 2018.
My proposal focused on curriculum development:
WILMA & ROSWELL MESSING, JR. AWARD 2018
I propose to spend three weeks in Vienna in Summer 2018, focusing on curricular development for music majors and WINS affiliate music majors; building and strengthening relationships with key local individuals and institutions; and making solid specific plans for summer study opportunities. I will commit the award funds to airfare, lodging, and daily transit and food as I pound the pavement, visiting people and places as we seek to further the existing infrastructure and capacity.
This Messing Award application requests funding to support broad-scope Department of Music and WINS curricular development, rather than an individual course or project related specifically to my own teaching. In this regard, I am applying as the ten-year Chair of the Department of Music, rather than as an individual faculty member – but with a clear result of strengthening the curriculum in the Department of Music.
The proposal listed possible outcomes:
- Creation of additional curricular opportunities in Vienna for Webster music majors and WINS music majors
- Agreement on a master syllabus for a new GCP fine arts interdisciplinary course focused on Vienna fine and performing arts
- Solid inventory of available and interested teachers for all instruments and genres normally taught at undergraduate level
- Groundwork and three-year implementation plan for summer music activities in Vienna
- Survey of locations that Webster University can appropriately utilize/rent for music-related teaching and performing
- Friend-building for partnerships amongst local institutions
Vienna, here I come!
As of February 6, my flat is booked in the 4th district, complete with a grand piano: