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New Opportunities and Funding: Jan. 6, 2016

City of Knoxville Request for Mural Program Proposals

The City of Knoxville seeks proposals from artists or artist teams for site-specific murals to enliven Knoxville’s urban landscape. The contracted project will include design, materials, and installation of three designs. Designs selected for installation will become part of the City’s permanent public art collection. The deadline for proposals is February 15, 2016.

Call for Nominations for Chancellor’s Ready for the World Citation

A Ready for the World Citation and monetary award will be presented at the annual Chancellor’s Honors Banquet. Recipients will have completed innovative and exceptional work that enhances international and intercultural awareness among UTK undergraduates. The work may have been completed by an individual or by a collaborative team. The awardee(s) may be faculty members, staff members, or students. Nominations should be submitted by the head of an academic department or the director of a university program. The deadline for receipt of materials is by the close of business on February 1, 2016.

Bonnaroo Works Fund to Support Charitable Programs in Middle Tennessee

The Bonnaroo Works Fund primarily focuses on charitable programs in Middle Tennessee. Proposals from organizations beyond the Middle Tennessee area are considered by invitation only. The average grant allocation is between $1,000 and $10,000. Program interests include: education, music and arts programs for children or communities, protection of the environment and environment sustainability, and the arts/humanities. The Fund generally does not support: endowment programs, fund raising events, annual appeals of well-established organizations, or grants to individuals or religious or political causes. The deadline for proposals is March 15, 2016.

2016 Howard Baker Public Policy Challenge 

The Howard Baker Public Policy Challenge (HBPPC) is a challenging, fun and educational program that requires a semester-long commitment. The Baker Center will provide the organization, resources and template for students in creating a policy brief and short PowerPoint presentation. The challenge requires students to engage in teamwork, leadership, research, critical thinking, and analysis and develop their knowledge of the policy process, communication skills, presentation skills and writing. Students will learn about current issues affecting their world and how they can impact change. The Challenge requires completion of a policy brief and PowerPoint presentation which will be presented on Sunday, April 24, 2016, 1:30 pm. The HBPPC may be integrated into spring courses as the ultimate engagement and experiential learning tool. Enrollment for the Challenge is now open. Orientation is January 20, and the first deliverable draft problem statement is due by appointment January 25-February 5.

Call for Papers: Civic Leadership for Social Justice

The eJournal of Public Affairs is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, open-access electronic journal published by Missouri State University with the American Democracy Project. This special issue of the eJournal, Civic Leadership for Social Justice, considers the intersection of public affairs and civic leadership for social justice. Staley School of Leadership Studies faculty members, Kerry Priest PhD and Brandon Kliewer PhD, are currently serving as guest editors. They are accepting submissions that report on civic leadership projects and approaches that encourage people to accept the responsibility of social justice. The submission deadline for this special issue is January 11, 2016.

Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty

This award recognizes a full-time faculty member who is pre-tenure at tenure-granting campuses or early career (i.e., within the first six years) at campuses with long-term contracts, and who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement. The scholarship of engagement represents an integrated view of faculty roles in which teaching, research/creative activity, and service overlap and are mutually reinforcing, is characterized by scholarly work tied to a faculty member’s expertise, is of benefit to the external community, is visible and shared with community stakeholders, and reflects the mission of the institution. The deadline for nominations is April 8, 2016.

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program

The Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program offers general or project support to non-profit organizations throughout the United States and is our most competitive grant program. While the program’s broad goals are to further social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems, the focus is on the types of activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change rather than on the specific issues the organization is addressing. Proposals must be from grassroots, constituent-led organizations that are using community-organizing and base-building strategies to accomplish their goals. The deadline for pre-applications is April 15, 2016.

Third Annual Appalachian Summit on Service-Learning

Carson-Newman University will host the 3rd annual Appalachian Summit on Service-Learning Pedagogy & Practice on Feb. 6, 2016. The overarching focus of the Summit is to create tangible outcomes to assist faculty in integrating service-learning into the classroom and initiating greater civic dialogue. The regional focus is intended to broaden civic development and resilience in Appalachia. Registration should be completed no later than Friday, January 29, 2016 & payments must be received by The Bonner Center no later than Monday, February 1, 2016.

Action Research Network Conference in Knoxville

The Action Research Network of the Americas will hold its 4th annual conference in Knoxville on June 16-18, 2016.  The conference theme, Making a Difference: Action Research for a Change, will draw inspiration from the history of the Highlander Education and Research Center, and the legacy of change that it has spawned. Proposals will be accepted until February 15, 2016.