Fall 2019 Faculty Grant Awardees

Jack Burt (Music, School of Performing Arts)

Jazz Day at UMaine with guest artist George Garzone

Associate Professor Jack Burt was awarded a grant to organize a day of jazz master classes and performances by legendary tenor saxophonist George Garzone, along with the UMaine Jazz Ensemble, and student and faculty jazz combos. The public events will be used as a recruiting tool for UMaine music ensembles and programs.







Susan Camp (Art)

Mass MoCA residency

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) selected Adjunct Associate Professor Susan Camp to be an artist in residence beginning in January 2020. MHC funds were used to support this residency, where Camp worked on a series of sculptural pieces with the working title, Latex Shaman, which is an investigation of the exploitation of Native American culture in the New Age movement, and how our culture uses consumerism to connect to the natural world.




Ryan DippreRyan Dippre (English)

Writing through the Lifespan, Across Borders

Grant funding was bookmarked for Assistant Professor Dippre to attend the fifth annual Writing Research Across Borders conference in Xi’an, China, to present part of an ongoing research project, participate in a roundtable about the state of lifespan writing research, and recruit scholars to join the project of writing through the lifespan. The conference was postponed due to the coronavirus.







Philip Edelman (Music, School of Performing Arts)

Error Detection for Music Educators

Thanks to funding from MHC, Assistant Professor Philip Edelman will be presenting his research at the International Society for Music Education conference. Edelman’s research investigates novel ways to teach the skill of error detection to our students who will become Maine’s next generation of music educators.






Michael Swacha (English)

Narrative Form and the Relations of Being: Exploring the Intersection of Lacan, Adorno, and Henry James

Michael Swacha, a lecturer in English, attended the Modern Language Association’s annual conference in Seattle in January to present his research, which brings into conversation the work of Jacques Lacan and Theodor Adorno, to explore the ways their respective work mobilizes articulations of the internal (Lacan) and external (Adorno) structures that constitute our understanding of being.



Carlos Villacorta Gonzales (Modern Languages)Carlos Villacorta

ACTFL Modified Oral Proficiency Interview (MOPI) Workshop

Associate Professor Carlos Villacorta received funding to help organize Modified Oral Proficiency Interview training for colleagues from the University of Maine, Colby College, Bowdoin College, and Bates College teaching Spanish, Chinese, and English/ESOL. This training will help faculty better serve and prepare language students.