Spring 2017 Faculty & Staff Innovation Grants

Funded projects

The Shenkman Career Services Fund (SCSF) Faculty and Staff Innovation grants provide funding for GW faculty and staff to create professional and career development activities for GW undergraduate and graduate students. The Fund provides funding to offset costs associated with infusing career-related materials into existing or new class curricula and/or departmental, program or school-based initiatives. Applications are reviewed and allocated by the Development and Philanthropy Project Team of the university-wide Career Services Council.

Where are the Women: Careers in Engineering

Rachelle Heller, PhD, Professor and Interim Chair, School of Engineering & Applied Science

Project abstract:
Women are an under-represented group in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) across the country at the university level and the STEM workforce. One of the major challenges to increasing the representation of women in the STEM fields (and engineering in particular) is the lack of visibility of women who have succeeded in engineering careers.  The project is designed to capture short interviews by SEAS students with working women engineers in entry and mid-level careers and to post these interviews on the SEAS website.

Funds will be spent on a videographer and refreshments.


Accessible Web: Strategic Career Skills Introduction

Katherine Howell, Disability Support Associate, Disability Support Services

Project abstract:
The Disability Support Services Accessible Web project aims to provide students with disabilities a digital point of contact with the career development component of the office’s strategic skills team. This contact would take the form of a short, informative, and engaging video available on the Disability Support Services website. Partnered with authorities in the field of video production, including Think Speak Act, LLC and the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs professor Nina Seavey, this kind of inclusive innovation will show students with disabilities the resources available to them.

Funds will be spent on videography.


School of Medicine and Health Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion Open House

Jinny Jang, Program Associate, School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Project abstract:
This project will be for underrepresented identities in medicine.  The open house has multiple objectives, including the following: (1) create a community among GW undergraduate URM students who are interested in health professions; (2) educate students on various health professions; (3) assist students in planning for success when applying to programs;  (4) help students understand which profession as might  best match for their interests, skills, and current academic standing; (5) develop URM students’ efficacy; and (6) build an affinity between GW undergraduate students and GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Funds will be spent on supplies and refreshments.


Archive of Workplace Writing Experiences

Jessica McCaughey, Assistant Professor, University Writing Programs, CCAS

Project abstract:
The Archive of Workplace Writing Experiences will bridge that gap and provide a resource that will collect and make available audio interviews from working professionals in a variety of different industries and positions on the issue of professional writing. Interviewees will talk about how and what they write in their specific workplace, how they translated college writing skills into the workplace, what “successful” writing looks like where they are, and what students across disciplines need to know and develop in their writing as they look towards the future. This archive, which will be available to students, alumni, professors, and the public, will serve as a learning tool and as an ongoing repository, but perhaps most importantly it will serve as a crucial link between the university and the “working world,” as students hear the voices of those creating real workplace writing, and are then better able to develop their own skills in order to get there.

Funds will be spent on videography.


SEAS Your Future

Anna Gabriela Porras, Graduate Administrative Assistant, SEAS

Project abstract:
The objective of this event is to provide SEAS graduating seniors a platform where they can learn how to prepare for a smooth personal and professional transition as they finish their undergraduate studies and step into the real world.  Young alumni from the graduate school, private industry, and government will describe their career and personal transition experience while sharing personal advice and answering students’ questions.  Workshops will review personal finances, taxes, company benefits, etc.

Funds will be spent on supplies, marketing materials, and refreshments


Strengthening Teacher “Change Leadership” Skills and Professional Networks to Support “Improvement Science” Strategies in Public Schools

Marian Robinson, EdD, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Graduate School of Education & Human Development

Project abstract:
GW-GSEHD will offer a new 5-course Post-Masters Certificate to grow networks of experienced educators using “Improvement Science” in the classroom―a practical school improvement process from Carnegie.  New coursework will help individual educators gain skills and experiences utilizing the concepts, tools, and processes of Improvement Science to investigate a problem of importance in their school. Additionally, enrolled teachers will gain experience contributing to and leading school improvement with peers. The proposed project expands veteran teacher abilities and confidence to inhabit formal and informal leadership roles to advance school improvement.

Funds will be spent on supplies, materials, and refreshments.


Lights, Camera, Action – Developing Pre-Health Professional Student Career Development through Film

Lisa Schwartz, EdD, Assistant Professor/Director, School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Project abstract:
Faculty of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) and School of Nursing (SON) will develop and initiate an ongoing, interprofessional film series on the Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC) in support of the career development of students in GW’s SMHS Post-baccalaureate Pre-medicine (PBPM) Program and GW’s SON Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Program. Two documentary films, Twitch and Fixed, will be pre-screened by faculty of the PBPM and ABSN to develop discussion facilitation guides focused on the core competencies necessary for interprofessional collaborative practice, which are divided into four domains: (a) values/ethics for interprofessional practice, (b) roles and responsibilities, (c) interprofessional communication, and (d) teams and teamwork (Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel, 2011). Students from the PBPM and ABSN, along with other interested pre-health professional students on the VSTC (e.g., pharmacy, medical laboratory sciences), will attend a screening of each film, followed by a facilitated discussion with a guest speaker. The program may serve as a model for interprofessional education for other health professional programs at GW and beyond

Funds will be spent on a guest speaker, marketing, materials, and refreshments.


Textile Research Day

Lynora Williams, Librarian, The George Washington University Museum

Project abstract:
The Arthur D. Jenkins Library (ADJL) of the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum works to increase awareness of career possibilities for prospective textile scholars and practitioners. It strives to foster interest in textile scholarship and to build communities of practice among budding textile-interested students. As part of this effort, the library will organize Textile Research Day, a poster presentation session, to offer students and recent graduates the chance to present scholarship or visual art on textiles much as they might in the future as scholars at academic conferences or as artists.

Funds will be spent materials and light refreshments.