GRANTS TO THE COLLEGE
in collaboration with Pomona College, in Claremont, California, has received
$730,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of a
faculty career enhancement initiative. In addition, Reed is part
of an eight-college group that has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from
the Mellon Foundation for a collaborative program of faculty development
that includes programs for research, faculty partnership, and exchange.
The other institutions are Amherst College, Grinnell College, Oberlin
College, Pomona College, Smith College, Wesleyan University, and Williams
College. The programs for both grants focus on the engagement and renewal
of faculty members in their teaching and scholarship.
Reed will use the Mellon initiative to promote intellectual community
by holding faculty seminars for small groups of teachers to stimulate
intellectual dialogue throughout a full semester. To build resources for
the teacher-scholar, Reed will create positions for postbaccalaureate
fellows, who will extend their senior thesis work in conjunction with
faculty members, and for senior research assistants, to help with faculty
research. To support faculty transitions, Reed will enhance its faculty
orientation program, establish a mentoring program between junior faculty
and senior faculty members, and create a collaborative paid leave program
to allow mid-level faculty members to take a one-semester leave to study
with colleagues at other universities.
Reed received two grants for the canyon waterway
restoration project. The Bullitt Foundation has awarded the college
$30,000 for year two of the Crystal Springs headwaters fish passage and
restoration project. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will contribute
a second grant to the project, this time for $15,000, provided that the
funds are matched by $55,000 in challenge funds raised by Reed College.
The restoration project is designed to preserve water quality, enhance
fish and wildlife habitat, and encourage the growth of native plant species
with the restoration of the canyon and lake that lie at the headwaters
of Crystal Springs Creek.