Kudos: Excellence in Music, Digital Arts, Government and More

Honors go to Cheng, Flanagan, Lind, and DCAL.

Kudos is an occasional column that recognizes Dartmouth faculty, students, and staff who have received awards or other honors. Did you or a colleague recently receive an award or honor? Please tell us about it: [email protected].

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The Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) has received a grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation to support the Dartmouth Learning Fellows Program. The grant will sustain and increase capacity for the program, which since 2015 has paired undergraduate students with academic faculty to design and deliver active learning opportunities in Dartmouth courses.

Based on the national model developed by the Learning Assistance Alliance at the University of Colorado, Boulder, the program recruits and trains high-performing undergraduates as peer mentors and classroom leaders in courses they have successfully completed. 

While the model is often applied in science courses, Dartmouth’s program is one of only a few nationwide to have adopted learning fellows across academic disciplines. The program began with five courses in 2015-16, and during the 2017-2018 academic year it engaged 56 faculty members from 24 departments, reaching 1,975 undergraduates in 39 courses. And demand continues to grow, from both faculty and students. Director of DCAL Lisa Baldez say the Hearst Foundation grant will let the program add new courses, train new learning fellows, and assess impact of learning fellows on student outcomes.

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Associate Professor of Music William Cheng has received a Sony Music Fellowship for 2018-19. He expects to devote the funds to devising a large-scale video game music course, he said.

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Mary Flanagan, the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities and a professor of film and media studies, is one of two scholars to receive a 2018 Arts Writing Award in Digital Arts from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, which recognizes “writing that advances research, scholarship, and dialogue in digital art,” according to the foundation’s press release. Flanagan will receive $40,000 “in recognition of her sustained dedication to the field as an established arts writer,” as well as the opportunity to participate in a five- to six-week Robert Rauschenberg Residency on Captiva Island, Fla., in the coming year. 

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Associate Professor of Government Jennifer Lind has been named a joint associate fellow of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, an independent policy institute based in London. Lind will hold her joint associate fellowships in Chatham House’s U.S. and the Americas Program and the Asia-Pacific Program. In announcing Lind’s appointment, the Chatham House release to members and staff said, “You will undoubtedly be familiar with her work, and those of you who attended this year’s London Conference’s breakout session on China will have witnessed the extraordinary breadth and depth of Jennifer’s knowledge and expertise firsthand. She has also been a speaker at our Chatham House conferences on East Asia in recent years.”