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Three Faculty Awarded Course Development Grants

By Upstate Institute on September 29, 2015

Janel Benson of Sociology and Anthropology, Jessica Graybill of Geography (“Urban Geography”), and Tim McCay of Biology (“Applied Natural Resource Conservation”) were recently awarded course development grants through the Upstate Institute.

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Chris Henke Assumes Position of Upstate Institute Director

By Upstate Institute on July 1, 2015

Christopher Henke, Associate Professor of Sociology, begins a three year term as Director of the Upstate Institute on July 1, 2015. In this position, Henke will oversee the programs and initiatives of the Institute, and will continue to strengthen connections between Colgate faculty and the greater Upstate New York community. He will work with Project Director Julie Dudrick, who oversees the Upstate Institute Summer Field School and community-based research throughout the academic year.

Chris Henke, Associate Professor of Sociology, becomes the Director of the Ustate Institute on July 1, 2015.

Chris Henke, Associate Professor of Sociology, becomes the Director of the Upstate Institute on July 1, 2015.

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UI to cosponsor Public Scholarship panel with Colgate Libraries

By Upstate Institute on March 13, 2015

The Colgate University Libraries will continue its University Library Colloquium series with an event on April 1st that will feature a panel discussion on public scholarship. The event will be cosponsored by the Upstate Institute and chaired by Upstate Institute Director Ellen Percy Kraly. Panelists will include April Baptiste (Professor of Environmental Studies), Dan Schult (Hetherington Professor of Mathematics), and Nicole Simpson (Professor of Economics and Associate Dean of the Faculty for International Initiatives).

The event will be from 12:15 – 1:15 pm in Case-Geyer 560, and lunch will be available.  Please RSVP Karen Johnson, kjohnston@colgate.edu , if you will be attending.

Colgate Faculty May Apply for Course Development Grants

By Upstate Institute on January 5, 2015

Colgate Faculty may apply for an Upstate Institute course development grant through March 20, 2015. Course Development Grants provide faculty with the resources necessary to offer students immediate opportunities to apply research skills in the support of local agencies that exist to provide service to the community. A Course Development Grant will support a course that provides a community-based research component in one or more disciplines while addressing a significant, community-identified need. 

Applications are available on our Faculty Resources page.

Course Development Grants Available for Faculty

By Upstate Institute on May 5, 2014

Colgate’s Dean of the Faculty office announces the availability of a new course development grant program that promotes civic and/or community-based education in our curriculum. Beginning in 2014-2015, faculty may apply for one or more course development grants offered by the Upstate Institute, the Max Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education (COVE), and the Center for Learning, Teaching and Research, in partnership with the Office of the Dean of the Faculty. These grants will be payable as a stipend to faculty members who are developing a course that fits the objectives as outlined by each sponsoring program. In addition, faculty may propose a budget to the sponsoring program for funds that will be used while the course is being taught.

Faculty at any level may apply for these opportunities. The course may be new or a substantial redesign of a course the faculty member has already taught. Each sponsoring program will provide a unique application for funding through their office along with a description of the goals that each program has for the courses that will be taught, on which applications will be evaluated. All applications will require a course description and a statement concerning how the course relates to or enhances the program’s mission. Applications should also include a budget to be used during the class which conforms to the guidelines as set forth by Colgate’s Research Council (available at the Funding Opportunities website).  All applications will require the signature of a department or program chair and the division director before submission.

By accepting the grant, the faculty member is expected to teach the course that was developed two times in the following four academic years. Faculty will also be expected to share the results of their course development work with others through various media as outlined by each sponsoring program, and should be prepared to work with the sponsoring program on a plan for course assessment.

The application for an Upstate Institute Course Development Grant is available for download on our Faculty Resources page. These are due on January 30, 2015.


Chris Henke named Burke Chair, 2013-2014

By Upstate Institute on March 20, 2013


Chris Henke instructing students in his food course at a local farm

Chris Henke, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Christopher Henke, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, has been named the Gretchen Hoadley Burke ’81 Endowed Chair in Regional Studies, for one year, beginning July 1, 2013. Read more

Godwin to lecture on Spirit House book

By Upstate Institute on September 27, 2012

Spirit House book coverJoscelyn Godwin, the author of The Spirit House, or Brown’s Free Hall, in Georgetown, New York will present a lecture entitled “Upstate Cauldron: From Smith’s Golden Plates to Brown’s Spirit House” on Tuesday, September 25th at 4:30 pm in the Robert Ho Lecture Room. Lawrence 105. Read more

Upstate Institute funds two faculty projects on the region

By Upstate Institute on April 9, 2012

The Upstate Institute announces the award of grants to support faculty scholarship on, or directly pertaining to, the upstate region of New York. The Upstate Institute serves to promote scholarly research that relates to the region’s social, economic, environmental, and cultural assets. Institute projects promote community collaboration and civic engagement through the creation of knowledge and enhance community capacity throughout the region. Read more

Upstate Research Symposium features faculty and student work

By Upstate Institute on April 1, 2012
Presenter addresses an audience.

Research Symposium Features Faculty & Student Work

The Upstate Institute hosted a series of presentations by several faculty members who have conducted projects funded by the Upstate Institute Faculty Research Program at the Colgate Bookstore on March 31. The Upstate Institute encourages faculty scholarship on or pertaining to the Upstate region by providing for the costs of research. Faculty submit proposals each January for research on topics related to the broad region of upstate New York. Read more

Godwin published book on Spirit House

By Upstate Institute on October 31, 2011
Joscelyn Godwin

Joscelyn Godwin, Professor of Music at Colgate University

The Upstate Institute has published The Spirit House, or Brown’s Free Hall, in Georgetown, New York by Joscelyn Godwin. The Spirit House is the Upstate Institute’s first publications, and tells the story of the house built by spiritualist Timothy G. Brown in the mid 1860s in Georgetown, following a design that Brown believed was given to him from the spirit world. The building is noted for its unusual architecture, and is still standing.  Read more