SEI faculty workshop | Questioning Research

Workshop Description

Questioning Research: Shaping Practices

With extensive background in building new efforts in the arts, arts education, and higher education, including recent work documenting faculty interdisciplinary practices and providing technical assistance for artists, designers, and scholars seeking to build their practices, Associate Provost Cunningham will lead a workshop that allows for a conversation related to the specific technical assistance needs of today's faculty. At the same time, the workshop will open up a broader conversation related to decolonizing the research field.

This session is intended to adapt to serve the participating faculty. The workshop will address national funding trends, specific deadlines and upcoming opportunities, how to plan for research time, how to think about budgets and how to navigate one's personal social media platforms to promote work, and there will be critical questioning on how funding networks can fail to serve faculty needs and build new supports that break through conventional standards. Some examples will be given of collective projects that have recently opened new ways of thinking about support, in order for to critically discuss sometimes-limiting research platforms.

Instructor Bio

Dr. Sarah Bainter Cunningham joined Rhode Island School of Design in June 2019 as Associate Provost for Research and Strategic Partnerships to coordinate efforts in executive education, research, partnered projects, careers, continuing education, and the Co-Works interdisciplinary making lab. Prior to RISD, Cunningham served as executive director for research and founding director of the Arts Research Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, providing leadership in arts research through individual scholarship, interdisciplinary collaboration, faculty research development and public dialogue. From 2005-2011, she held the post of Director of Arts Education at the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to managing NEA's arts education grants portfolio, she oversaw Poetry Out Loud, professional development for state arts agency education director, among other projects. Cunningham received her PhD in philosophy from Vanderbilt University and BA in philosophy from Kenyon College.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Teaching and Learning Lab in the Center for Social Equity & Inclusion
293 S. Main St., Providence, RI 02906

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Workshop, SEI Event, SEI Workshop


Academic Affairs, SEI - Social Equity Inclusion Initiative

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