President's Initiative Fund - Projects Approved, Spring 2006

Education and Social Justice Elizabeth Aries (Psychology) Kristin Bumiller (Political Science/Women's and Gender Studies) Rhonda Cobham-Sander (Black Studies/English) David Cox (Mathematics) Hilary Moss (Black Studies/History) Barry O'Connell (English) Patricia O'Hara (Chemistry) Rose Olver (Psychology) Karen Sanchez-Eppler (American Studies/English)

Mellon Faculty Workshops

The Mellon Foundation grant provides funds to support workshops designed and organized by faculty members of the Mellon 8 on scholarly and pedagogical topics. Tenured and tenure-track faculty members may propose workshops to be held during the spring 2007, summer 2007, and the 2007-2008 academic year. The workshops may be relatively small. For example, six Latin Americanists from Amherst, Pomona, Wesleyan, and Williams might gather for three days to discuss the latest trends in that field and how those trends have had an impact on teaching about Latin America.

Mellon 8 Faculty Partnerships and Seminars

Amherst faculty members may apply for stipends to support scholarly or artistic collaborations or mentoring relationships with colleagues from beyond the Five Colleges. Faculty Partnerships will support pairs of faculty across institutions (including R1 institutions) who wish to pursue particular goals in research, artistic creation, or teaching. Faculty partners might critique one another’s scholarly or artistic work, pursue a new area together, or share curricular ideas. Partnerships may also center on professional mentoring and career guidance.

Statement on Respect for Persons

Respect for the rights, dignity and integrity of others is essential for the well-being of a community. Actions by any person which do not reflect such respect for others are damaging to each member of the community and hence damaging to Amherst College. Each member of the community should be free from interference, intimidation or disparagement in the work place, the classroom and the social, recreational and residential environment.

Statement of Freedom of Expression and Dissent

Amherst College prizes and defends freedom of speech and dissent. It affirms the right of teachers and students to teach and learn, free from coercive force and intimidation and subject only to the constraints of reasoned discourse and peaceful conduct. It also recognizes that such freedoms and rights entail responsibility for one's actions. Thus the College assures and protects the rights of its members to express their views so long as there is neither use nor threat of force nor interference with the rights of others to express their views.