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The Office of Foundation and Corporate Relations: The Office of Foundation and Corporate Relations works in partnership with Skidmore College's faculty, administration, alumni and friends to secure external funding from national, regional and local foundations and corporations for campus priorities and programs. The work that we do helps the College to offer new and innovative programs, support faculty-driven initiatives, expand the curriculum, enhance the physical plant and improve the quality of life for our community.

Office of Sponsored Research: The mission of the Office of Sponsored Research is to provide faculty members with the support and resources needed to fund and manage their creative, scholarly, and research endeavors. The Office provides high-quality services to the Skidmore community with the goal of increasing externally sponsored funding for individual faculty research while also ensuring compliance with College and sponsor policies and regulations.

AWARD HIGHLIGHT: The Periclean Faculty Leadership Program

The Periclean Faculty Leadership Program (PFL)™ champions civic engagement in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community. Periclean Faculty Leaders create and teach courses in a wide variety of disciplines in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences that address issues of social concern, enrich curriculum, and enhance student social interest and involvement. They promote civil dialogue locally through lectures, town hall meetings, and public events; and advance public scholarship nationally and internationally through publications and conference presentations. 

The Andrew W. Mellon Periclean Faculty Leadership (PFL) Program™ in the Humanities connects the humanities and liberal arts learning to challenges facing the wider campus community and society more broadly. In collaboration with community partners, Mellon Periclean Faculty Leaders (PFLs) create courses across the humanities that incorporate community-based projects addressing six grand challenges: Climate Change, Education Access, Immigration, Mass Incarceration, Race and Inequality, and Voter Engagement. Project Pericles provides a grant of $4,000 for each PFL to support these civic engagement activities on their campus and in their communities. 

Presidents and Provosts on each campus nominated faculty members with demonstrated leadership potential who can make significant contributions on their campuses and in their communities. Nominations were submitted in collaboration with one or more community partners, ranging from an abbess in a nunnery to the acting assistant commissioner from the department of corrections. Community partners provided enthusiastic letters of support, making the vision for these courses powerful. Academic experts serving as outside evaluators then reviewed all applications before final selections were made. As we look to an especially uncertain future, it is hopeful to see the potential impact that each PFL course will have on the students, faculty, institution, community, and higher education, more generally. Each course is an exciting opportunity for students, equipping them with skills to effect change when they graduate. 

This select group joins an earlier cohort of Mellon PFLs and expands our vibrant, national community of PFLs dedicated to incorporating civic engagement into the curriculum while empowering students to use their academic knowledge to tackle real-world problems. PFLs reflect together and inspire each other. As part of the program, PFLs share their pedagogical approaches, experiences, and evaluations with higher education, more generally, through scholarly presentations and publications. They have a tremendous influence on their colleagues on their campus and across the nation, exemplifying how the humanities are enhanced by meaningful campus-community relationships.

PROJECT Personnel Profile:      EUNICE S. FERREIRA

Eunice Ferreira

Eunice S. Ferreira is Associate Professor in the Theater Department where she directs and teaches. She earned her Ph.D. in Theater from Tufts University and was interviewed this fall for a length feature on her work in the 2020 graduate newsletter.

Her areas of research, teaching, and directing include: Black theater, translation studies, theater history, mixed race performance, multilingual performance, theater for social justice and change, musical theater, and devised theater. As a theater historian, Dr. Ferreira focuses on the intersections of theatrical performance and issues of race, gender, culture, language, and national identity with a special focus on Cabo Verde, West Africa.

As a scholar artist, she has also produced, directed, and choreographed a variety of plays and musicals, including the multilingual premiere of The Orphan Sea by Caridad Svich at Skidmore. She has published in U.S. based and international journals including Theatre Journal, African Theatre: Shakespeare in & out of Africa, The Journal of Cape Verdean Studies, and Moving Worlds. Her translation of Alone Onstage in collaboration with Christina S. McMahon, is the first English-language publication of a play from the Cape Verde Islands. Her recent chapter, “Setting a Global Table with Multilingual Theater,” is published in Casting a Movement (Routledge, 2019) and her first book, Crioulo Performance: Remapping Creole and Mixed Race Theatre, will be published by Vanderbilt Press. She is Vice-President/Conference Planner for the Black Theatre Association (BTA) of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education where she chaired an ad hoc committee to reframe the conference to center on anti-racist practices. 


January 2021

January 15

National Endowment for the Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

National Science Foundation: Developmental Sciences, Social Psychology Program, and Sociology Program

Spencer Foundation: Research Grants on Education: Large

January 19

National Science Foundation: Major Research Instrumentation Program

February 2021

February 11

National Science Foundation:Cognitive Neuroscience

National Endowment for the Arts: Grants for Arts Projects

February 25

National Institutes of Health:Research Enhancement Award (R15)

February 26

National Science Foundation: EHR Core Research (ECR): Building Capacity in STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER)


Project Pericles

Project Pericles is a national consortium of 30 colleges and universities committed to including participatory citizenship and social responsibility as essential elements of their educational programs. Founded by educational philanthropist Eugene M. Lang in 2001, Project Pericles is at the forefront of promoting civic engagement in areas including faculty and curriculum development, research into best practices, and student engagement. Working in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community, Project Pericles and its member institutions have a wealth of experience in developing programs that integrate civil dialogue, civic engagement, and community-based learning across the college experience, most importantly, in the curriculum.

Periclean colleges and universities offer curricular and co-curricular initiatives that prepare and encourage students to become active, responsible citizens. These initiatives include signature Periclean programs Creating Cohesive Paths to Civic Engagement, Creating Curricular Coherence, Debating for Democracy (D4D), and the Periclean Faculty Leadership (PFL) Program™, as well as programs that are unique to each campus. ​

In addition to the Eugene M. Lang Foundation, recent supporters of Project Pericles include Bringing Theory to Practice, Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Henry Luce Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Spencer Foundation, The Teagle Foundation, and Young Invincibles/Students Learn Students Vote. 

Project Pericles is a 501(c)3 public charity governed by an independent Board of Directors.


From Philanthropy News Digest, 12/11/20: "Foundations moving to address racial equity, study finds"

A majority of foundations report making changes to better support racial equity and communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, a report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy finds.

Click here to read the article. 


From National Institutes of Health Extramural Nexus (Open Mike): "NIH Challenges Academia to Share Strategies to  Strengthen Gender Diversity"

On behalf of the NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers, the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health has launched a new challenge competition to promote the advancement of women in leadership roles in academia. It is called the NIH Prize for Enhancing Faculty Gender Diversity in Biomedical and Behavioral Science. Dr. Janine Clayton, Director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health, described the competition as one that will recognize institutions that have successfully and systemically addressed gender diversity and equity issues among faculty members in biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Click here to read the article.