AC Course Development Grant

We are pleased to announce that it is now offering course development grants of up to $1,500 to assist in the design of an AC course. Such course development might build on an existing course offering, but which is currently non-AC in status, or alternatively assist with the development of a new course which has yet to be offered.  Funding support may be requested in three categories:

(i) materials, which might include photocopying and printing, books and supplies

(ii) student hourly help, to assist with for example, digitizing materials (e.g., slides, maps, manuscripts, photographs), bibliographical and syllabi searches, or assignment-related research

(iii) general course enhancement, for example, assessment tool creation, social media assignment development, guest speaker honorarium, field site visits and transportation costs, student project support.

Apply via email: download the below file in Word format and send back the completed application (in the body of an email or as an attachment) to americancultures@berkeley.edu.

Download application.

Multimedia Teaching and Learning Initiative Grant

The MRC and The AC Center are pleased to announce the ‘Multimedia Teaching and Learning’ Initiative and its ‘Fellows’ program. The fellowship will allow faculty and graduate students to enrich course instruction by working with media based resources from the MRC. And before the use of DVD’s is history, participants will learn how to create ‘clips’ from some of their favorite and yet to be found favorite DVD’s in the MRC. Members will participate in a one-semester fellowship and receive a onetime grant of $500 at the end of the term and an honorary certificate from the AC Center. Below are the expectations and responsibilities for the fellows:

  • Work to identify relevant clips from feature films, educational documentaries and/or audio based media from the MRC and Berkeley Language Center

  • Develop a familiarity with the LFLFC (Library of Foreign Language Film Clips) interface, including searching, clipping, metadata and annotation features

  • Learn how to embed video in bCourses

  • Provide quality feedback to the MRC on the training program as well as any “lessons learned” to help improve instructor experience

If you are interested in learning more about the fellowship, please feel free to contact Gisele Tanasse (nerdpower@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail)(link sends e-mail)) and/or drop in during office hours: Academic Innovation Studio, 117 Dwinelle, this Wednesday (and every other 1st Wednesday of the month) from 10am-12pm.   

For a list of of the materials provided in this workshop, please visit the guide for tools and links(link is external)(link is external) page, which includes links to the LFLFC, our clip prep worksheet and our terms list.

ACES Course Grants

The American Cultures Engaged Scholarship Program supports the development of courses and initiatives that emphasize public scholarship and engage students in community-based projects.

The American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) Program:

Launched in January 2010, the ACES program is a partnership between the American Cultures Center (http://americancultures.berkeley.edu) and the Public Service Center (http://publicservice.berkeley.edu). This program aims to transform how faculty’s community-engaged scholarship is valued, to enhance learning for students through a combination of teaching and practice, and to create new knowledge that has an impact both in the community and the academy.

The American Cultures (AC) requirement—the only campus-wide breadth requirement on the UC Berkeley campus—was passed by the Academic Senate in 1989 and instituted as a campus requirement in 1991 to help students gain a deeper understanding of the diverse cultures of the United States through an integrative and comparative framework. These goals are extended through community-focused and collaborative research and teaching.

In the 2017 proposal cycle, several priorities have been emphasized to support community-engaged scholarship directly benefiting undergraduate education. Including the ongoing support for AC courses which engage students directly in community-based projects, the ACES program expands its consideration of community-based teaching and research. Proposals are therefore welcomed in ONE of the following five categories.

Application Categories for 2017-2018 ACES Program:

  • The development of a new or revised American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) course to be taught in Fall 2017, Spring 2018, or Fall 2018 (Funding: $3000 grant to faculty, $1500 for student fellow, $1500 to support community project implementation)

  • Continuation of existing ACES courses and projects where learning goals are met using community-engaged scholarship and are integrated in a significant manner within the course curriculum. (Funding: up to $3000)

  • A departmental initiative, e.g. brown bag or workshop series, to consider the role of existing and development of future community-engaged programs.  (Funding: up to $3000)

  • The appointment of a graduate student to support community-based outreach, teaching, and course partnership development. (Funding: up to $15,000)

  • Multi-disciplinary efforts engaging the same community-based partnerships. (Funding: up to $15,000)

Benefits of Participation:

The ACES program is designed to provide faculty with the opportunity to develop, broaden, or deepen their research and teaching of community-engaged scholarship.

Participants receive and gain:

  • intensive training and consulting from and with the ACES and Public Service Center staff

  • funds of up to $15,000 for costs related to course community projects, graduate student hire, and community-based project development (as detailed per application category above)

  • opportunities to present research and best practices at an on-campus ACES seminar

  • new relationships with an interdisciplinary cohort of faculty

  • enhanced capacity to build and sustain long-term relationships with community partners

  • the opportunity to mentor undergraduate and graduate students in the development of community-based partnership

Application Process and Selection Criteria

Please refer to the ACES 2017-18 Application and submit by June 26th at 5pm, to americancultures@berkeley.edu.

Any questions can also be directed to ACES Program Director, Victoria Robinson at americancultures@berkeley.edu

Additional Resources:

There are a number of substantial course development and partnership project support documents available through the UC Berkeley Public Service Center, including: