Recent Awards

New Awards for 2013-14

Barry Allen (Environmental Studies) has been awarded a Blended Learning Program grant from the Associated Colleges of the South in the amount of $10,000 to continue the collaborative cross-institutional project "Resources for the Sustainability Blended Learning Digital Library: Political Ecology (Part 3 of 5)."

Carrie Shulz (IT) was recently awarded a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South for a project that will work to develop a cross-institutional Blended Learning Certification Program in collaboration with other ACS schools.

Rachel Simmons (Art) has been awarded a Blended Learning Program grant from the Associated Colleges of the South for "The Visual Journal Project: Developing a Liberal Arts Model for Blended Learning Course Design in Studio Art."

Jane Reimers (Crummer) recently received funding through a Blended Learning Program grant from the Associated Colleges of the South for a collaborative project with Furman University titled "Blended Learning Across ACS Institutions."

Thom Moore (Physics) has been awarded a new three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to support his continued research with undergraduate students in the area of musical acoustics. Read more here.

Carrie Glatting and Lisa Bliss (Pre-Collegiate Programs) have been awarded a $4,000 Mayor's Matching Grant from the City of Orlando. Funds will allow 26 local high school students enrolled in the Rollins College Educational Talent Search Program who are first-generation college students to participate in a tour of four colleges in South Carolina in spring 2014. The trip will allow these students the opportunity to engage with college admission professionals and learn about the expectations and process of applying for college entry.

New Awards for 2012-13

  • Philosphy and Religious Studies Professors Margaret McLaren and Yudit Greenberg received funding from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to participate in the duPont Summer Seminars for Liberal Arts College Faculty at the National Humanities Center in June 2013.
  • Jana Mathews (English) and Anne Meehan (Career Services) have received a $4,000 Blended Learning grant from the Associated Colleges of the South to support a collaborative project with the University of Richmond. The team will develop a new blended learning career planning course that will use both face-to-face interactions and online technology to provide students with career planning skills and strategies in the hopes of better preparing them for life after graduation. Several blended learning modules designed to improve students' skills in interviewing, personal branding, and professional networking will be created and piloted between both schools during the 2013-14 academic year.
  • Ann Francis (Environmental Studies/Sustainability Program) received $2,000 from the Fair Trade Colleges and Universities Small Grant program through Fair Trade USA to host an event celebrating Rollins' designation as a Fair Trade College. Rollins is the first college to receive this designation in the state of Florida. Read more about our Sustainability Program's efforts here.
  • Susan Montgomery (Olin Library) and Susan Lackman (Music) have received a $1,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to implement America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway. Through this project, Olin Library will host documentary film screenings along with scholar-led discussions of twentieth-century American popular music, including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n' roll, and mambo and hip hop.
  • Tonia Warnecke (International Business) and Chrissy Garton (Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Initiative) were awarded a Faculty Advancement grant from the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) in the amount of $7,500 to support a Faculty Institute on Social Entrepreneurship Education. The Institute, to be hosted by Rollins and led by Ashoka U., will provide faculty with the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to integrate social entrepreneurship into their own teaching and research.
  • Bob Sherry (Dance) and Robin Wilson (Dance) were awarded a $10,000 collaborative ACS Faculty Advancement grant with Millsaps College to teach Dance for Parkinson's Disease -- a program successfully launched by Rollins with Florida Hospital and Mark Morris Dance Group -- to Millsaps students and faculty and the Jackson community.
  • Rollins was recently awarded a new two-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 through their Collegiate Environmental Sustainability Initiative. The proposed project, Sustainable Enterprise: Capturing the Investment of SunRail in Winter Park, Florida, will team Professor of Environmental Studies Bruce Stephenson with George and Harriet Cornell Professor of Politics Rick Foglesong to support curricular activities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels that will put sustainability concepts into practice in the community, specifically in the areas of sustainable transportation planning and policy. In collaboration with local government and other regional stakeholders, our faculty and students will work to develop an action-oriented strategy for our campus and community to fully realize and utilize the benefits of commuter rail, shared bicycle usage, and pedestrial travel both on and off campus.
  • Faculty members Thom Moore (Physics), Josh Almond (Art), and Dan Crozier (Music) have been awarded a collaborative grant in the amount of $7,500 from the Associated Colleges of the South Faculty Advancement Program for their interdisciplinary project titled Soundscapes: An Artistic and Musical Investigation into the Physics of Sound. The team will use the funding to develop and teach a two-semester course in which students will design and build original musical instruments, compose original music for ensembles of these instruments, and perform a public concert on the instruments at the end of the academic year. Learn more here.
  • Rachel Simmons (Art) has been awarded two Faculty Advancement grants from the Associated Colleges of the South. The first, titled An Interdisciplinary Blended Learning Project on Environmental Studies and Landscape Art will pair Professor Simmons with an environmental studies faculty member at Southwestern University to connect separate courses -- both focused on sustainability and the environment -- taking place across the two ACS campuses during summer 2012. The second project, In Darwin's Wake: Art, Environmental Justice and Conservation Ecology in the Galapagos, will further explore collaborative, engaged learning across the two campuses in summer 2013 with the inclusion of a shared field study experience in the Galapagos Islands.
  • Dean of the Hamilton Holt School David Richard (Psychology) and Scott Hewit (Education) have been funded in the amount of $7,000 by the Associated Colleges of the South Faculty Advancement grant program for their collaborative project which will prepare Rollins faculty to teach in a blended learning environment. 
  • Associate Professors Julian Chambliss (History) and Michael Gunter (Political Science) will partner with colleagues at Furman University on an Associated Colleges of the South Faculty Advancement grant titled Urban Dreams and Urban Disorders.
  • George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of Philosophy Margaret McLaren (Philosophy & Religion) and Mahjabeen Rafiuddin (Office of Multicultural Affairs) along with colleagues at several ACS schools were awarded an Associated Colleges of the South Faculty Advancement grant aimed at creating more inclusive campuses for students, specifically with regard to gender and sexuality.
 

New Awards for 2011-12

  • Carrie Glatting and Lisa Bliss (Pre-Collegiate Programs) received a $6,000 Mayor's Matching Grant from the City of Orlando. Funds will be used to allow 26 local high school students enrolled in the Rollins College Educational Talent Search Program who are first-generation college students to travel to Alabama for a college and cultural tour.
  • Steven St. John (Psychology) was awarded a research agreement to perform behavioral testing of drugs under development by Amgen, Inc.
  • Carrie Glatting (Pre-Collegiate Programs) and her team have been refunded for five years from the U.S. Department of Education/TRIO Programs to continue the Rollins College Talent Search Program and the Upward Bound Program. Talent Search provides academic support services and assistance to 700 middle and high school students annually in Central Florida who are low-income, first-generation college students. The program's direct services are fully funded by the Federal government in the amount of $313,212 annually. Upward Bound, a college preparation program for high school students, will provide assistance to 70 high school students annually in Orange County who are low-income, first-generation college students. The program's direct services are fully funded by the Federal government in the amount of $312,947 annually.
  • Luis Martinez (Chemistry) was awarded a subcontract agreement with the Florida Institute of Technology for a grant project titled Physics and Chemistry of Astrobiology, funded through the Florida Space Research Program.
 

New Awards for 2010-11

  • Susan Libby (Art & Art History) and Mario D'Amato (Philosophy & Religion) received funding from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to participate in the Jessie Ball duPont Summer Seminars for Liberal Arts College Faculty at the National Humanities Center in June 2011.
  • Steven St. John (Psychology) was awarded a new subcontract agreement with the University of Miami on a National Institutes of Health R01 grant project titled Signaling in Taste Cells.
  • Bruce Stephenson (Environmental Studies), Paul Stephenson (Biology), Leslie Poole (Environmental Studies), and William Grey (Environmental Studies) were awarded a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Mellon Faculty Renewal program for their collaborative project, Orlando Metropolitan Greenspaces. Through this project, these faculty will work together with Rollins students as well as community partners to document and classify Central Florida’s natural parks and preserves.
  • Kathryn Norsworthy (Graduate Studies in Counseling), in collaboration with faculty from Furman University, Center College, Rhodes College, Centenary College, and Hendrix College, has received an Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Mellon Faculty Renewal grant for their project titled Systemic Approaches for Creating More Inclusive Campus Climates through Coursework and Cooperation: A Multi-Campus Collaboration.
  • Eren Tatari (Political Science) and Zeynep Teymuroglu (Mathematics/Computer Science) were awarded a $7,500 grant from the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Mellon Faculty Renewal program for their project, Social Network Methods in Political Science.
  • Socky O'Sullivan (English) was awarded a two-year $29,000 grant from the English-Speaking Union of Central Florida/Drey Endowment for a Florida Poetry Multi-Media Project.
  • Carrie Glatting (Upward Bound) was awarded a $4,000 Mayor's Matching Grant from the City of Orlando to support Georgia college tours for Upward Bound students.
  • Lee Lines and Barry Allen (Environmental Studies) received a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South (with funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) to support a new two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship position within the Environmental Studies department. This individual will specialize in environmental issues in Latin America.
  • Thom Moore (Physics) has been awarded a new three-year National Science Foundation grant to continue his efforts with undergraduate research in musical acoustics. The project, which investigates the underlying physical phenomena of musical instruments, has proven a successful way to introduce undergraduate students to important and original scientific research.Click here to read more.
  • Katie Sutherland (Biology), in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Georgia, has been awarded a five-year National Science Foundation grant to support high-impact ecological research on coral reef environments.The project will investigate an emerging infectious disease phenomenon known as "reverse zoonosis," in which diseases from humans infect wildlife, rather than the reverse. Click here to read more.
 

 New Awards for 2009-10

  • The Associated Colleges of the South awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Renewal Grant to faculty members Julian Chambliss (History),  Creston Davis (Religion), Claire Strom (History), Robert Moore (Anthropology), Ashley Kistler (Anthropology), Susan Libby (Art History), Dawn Roe (Art), and Scott Hewit (Education) for their collaborative work on Project Mosaic: Zora Neale Hurston -- A Multidisciplinary Exploration of African-American Culture, which will use the prolific work of Zora Neale Hurston as a central theme to promote dialogue among faculty and enhance student understanding of the African-American experience.
  • Steven St. John (Psychology) and Alice Davidson (Psychology), in collaboration with Psychology grant teamKurt Thaw from the Psychology Department at Millsaps College, received an Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Renewal Grant through the Associated Colleges of the South to study environmental factors that contribute to the development of poor eating habits in elementary school and high school students in both Jackson, Mississippi and Orlando, Florida. The project will involve several student researchers over the course of the summer and the next academic year.
  • Li Wei (Modern Languages & Literatures) and a colleague at Southwestern University received an Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Renewal Grant from the Associated Colleges of the South for their project titled Collaborative Online Teaching of Advanced Chinese and Culture, which will allow the two to work together to develop a unique online module for teaching advanced Chinese.
  • Wenxian Zhang and the Department of Archives & Special Collections at Olin Library received a Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This funding will work towards ensuring the preservation of the College's rare collections for the general public and future generations of students, faculty, and scholars.
  • Ashley Kistler (Anthropology) was selected to participate in the 2009-10 Florida Campus Compact Engaged Scholarship Fellows Program to support her research titled, In Whose Interest?: A Critcal Examination of Responsibility, Assessment, and Development of a Service-Learning Project.
 

New Awards for 2008-09

  • The Office of Community Engagement secured an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) position through the Florida Alliance for Student Service (FASS). Gabriel Anderson, a recent graduate of the University of Richmond, will serve in a capacity-building role for the OCE over the coming year, working to connect students, faculty, and community partners to improve education and address local needs.
  • Denise Cummings (Critical Media/Cultural Studies) received funding from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to participate in the Jessie Ball duPont Summer Seminars for Liberal Arts College Faculty at the National Humanities Center. 
  • Katie Sutherland (Biology) was awarded a grant from the Mote Marine Laboratory's Protect Our Reefs"Protect Our Reefs" Grant Program, which is funded by proceeds from the sale of the Protect Our Reefs specialty license plate. Her research will explore the role of water quality -- specifically infectivity and disease causation of a coral pathogen isolated from human sewage -- on coral reef health in the Florida Keys. Learn more at www.mote.org/4REEF
  • Thom Moore (Physics) received a Research Experience for Teachers (RET) supplemental grant from the National Science Foundation to support the involvement of local high school physics teacher Ms. Sarah Zietlow in Dr. Moore's current NSF RUI research grant, which is focused on using high-speed electronic speckle pattern interferometry to investigate the physics of musical instruments.
  • Richard James (Computer Science) and Sigmund Rothschild (Music) were awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Renewal Grant from the Associated Colleges of the South to develop a unique Interdisciplinary Music Technology curriculum.
  • The Environmental Studies Program received a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South to support a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Environmental Restoration.