Mellon grant will expand civic engagement at Dickinson

$650,000 award also will support new philosophy position

A $650,000 award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will be used by Dickinson College to “enhance civic learning and engagement,” school officials said today.

The funding will allow Dickinson to create a new faculty position in philosophy and expand its course offerings on moral and ethical reasoning.

“There is indeed a broader movement that recognizes higher education is not just to prepare students for careers, but also to prepare students for lives as active citizens and community members,”said Shalom Staub, the college’s associate provost for civic engagement.

And that, Staub said, speaks to Dickinson’s mission of making liberal arts education a foundation for engaged citizenship.

The initiative will expand faculty members’ ability to identify and investigate critical civic issues within their own fields, which would be incorporated into their course materials. Incentives will be offered to all faculty, and especially those in the arts and humanities, to incorporate civic learning and engagement into their courses, officials said.

Since December 2007, the New York-based Mellon Foundation has awarded Dickinson $3.6 million for various programs, including the establishment of the Center for Sustainability Education.

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