Purpose

Merrimack College has received funding from the Davis Educational Foundation for a three-year period to expand experiential education across its curricular, academic support, and co-curricular offerings. 

Experiential education builds professional and personal confidence, responsibility, and maturity; it helps students develop important human relations skills; and encourages students to make meaningful contributions to their learning environment. In support of the strategic plan, the Agenda for Distinction, Merrimack College is developing an institutional framework in which high-impact educational experiences build upon each other over the course of four years, culminating in measurable benefits to student engagement, retention and professional and personal success.

How to Apply

Faculty interested in applying for the 2019/20 year should submit to the Office of the Provost a letter of interest that:

  • Reinforce theoretical frameworks to strengthen and enhance experiential education across academic and co-curricular units
  • Create more opportunities for first- and second-year students
  • Increase paid internships and build cooperative education opportunities
  • Expand global education experience

Proposal should be one page and must include:

  • Your name and departmental affiliation
  • Project title
  • Brief abstract
  • Brief plan for peer dissemination and implementation

Faculty are encouraged to work with the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, during the summer months.

In addition, experiential education shall be more clearly linked to major and course learning goals; Students will learn to articulate the knowledge, skills and abilities they acquire through experiential learning; and, experiential learning will be more fully integrated into the first and second years, with each experience building on the last.

Funding Level

Up to two Davis grants will be awarded for work done in the summer. Proposals should result in a new or vastly improved experiential education course or program with a preference for courses geared toward first- and second-year students. Experiential components include work-integrated learning (co-op, internship, externship); undergraduate research; study abroad; study away; service learning; community engagement. Summer work should address student reflection and course assessment. Stipend is one month’s salary.

 Key Application Dates

  • Proposal are due April 6, 2019
  • Awards will be announced May 4, 2019.
  • Completed project deliverable including learning goals, syllabus, reflection assignments, course or program assessment plan, peer dissemination/ communication plan, and implementation plan is due by August 15, 2019.

Faculty interested in applying for the 2019-2020 year should submit to the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (officeoftheprovost@merrimack.edu). For more information, please contact Dr. Kathryn Nielsen nielsenk@merrimack.edu.