Dr. Jennifer Sasser, human sciences chair and gerontology program director, is one of several experts who will lead Oregon Humanities' Talking About Dying Series starting in September 2015.
Marylhurst faculty Perrin Kerns, Paula Rebsom, Meg Roland, Jennifer Sasser and Annette Shore received grants from Marylhurst's Fund for Faculty Teaching Excellence and Innovation. These grants will support innovative work in digital storytelling, sculpture, human development and aging, and art therapy.
Department of English Literature and Writing
Documenting Lives: Digital Storytelling and Service
The grant will support Perrin in continuing to develop her skills in the evolving field of digital storytelling. She will apply these skills both in the production of more of her own work and also in the design and teaching of a new course entitled, In Documenting Lives: Digital storytelling and Service. In this course, students would learn the fundamentals of digital storytelling and then partner with a service organization to help them create a digital story that could be used when communicating their goals and mission to the community.
Department of Art and Interior Design
Boundaries: Man-made and natural environments
Paula is receiving funding to build a semi-permanent outdoor sculptural installation on the Marylhurst campus. The project will draw attention to the boundaries between man-made and natural environments, as well as provide an opportunity to research, observe and document the presence of wild animals, their habitats and human behaviors in response to their presence on our campus. The sculpture involves building two 30' wide by 9' tall walls behind the Mayer Art Building along the blurred boundary between domestic and wild space, where the manicured lawn ends and the wooded area begins. Visitors to the sculpture will be able to observe the interactions of fauna with the boundary area. Viewers unable to physically engage with the space will be able to do so virtually; a website will be developed to give 24/7 access to live streaming video from two wireless infrared web cameras that will be aimed directly at the boundary area.
Department of English
Literature and Cartography
For this project, Meg will engage with other scholars in the emerging interdisciplinary study of maps and literature and then bring this engagement to our students. She plans to develop a new class entitled Literature and Cartography that will introduce students to spatial studies and an emerging interdisciplinary field that includes literature, history, historical cartography, art and geography. Spatial studies in the Humanities have begun to use the tools of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) within an interdisciplinary approach. For this new class, Meg will bring in a much stronger component of geographical and spatial studies, to work with GIS as a tool for reading maps and interpreting literature, to structure the course in a hybrid format as a further way to explore the digital medium of current GIS mapping projects, and to build a learning community with students that explores multi-modal analysis and expression.
Department of Human Sciences
Exploring the minds we bring to the aging journey: The Intentional Aging Collective
The award will help create the Intentional Aging Collective which involves multiple inter-related activities that enunciate the principles embodied in the Intentional Aging Collective. The Collective provides colleagues, students, and elders with an opportunity for exploring collaboratively the minds we bring to the journey of deep human development and aging; for creating new models for advanced adulthood and old age; for cultivating aging awareness and mindfulness; and for engaging in critical gerontological praxis. The collective exists in a virtual form as a blog co-convened by Jenny and David Rozell and in an embodied form as enacted through ongoing educational, research and outreach activities.
Department of Art Therapy
A Child Art Therapy Handbook
Annette took on the enormous endeavor of writing a child art therapy handbook, which will be a useful resource to those in the field of art therapy. The award will allow Annette to move this work from manuscript to the finished handbook. This activity is fueled by her belief that art therapy is an extraordinary modality and her desire to benefit Marylhurst University, its students and the greater community. The book will be a humanizing, theoretically based handbook and reference for students and practitioners of child art therapy. Its sections focus on child development, art therapy assessment and art therapy treatment.