The Mellon Curricular Committee

The Committee:

  • Lauren Ashwell, Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Mathieu Duvall, Assistant Dean of the Faculty for Strategy and Analysis
  • Malcolm Hill, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, ex-officio
  • Keiko Konoeda, Lecturer in Asian Studies
  • Charles Nero, Benjamin E. Mays ’20 Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric, Film, and Screen Studies & Africana
  • Hoi Ning Ngai, Associate Director, Employer Engagement and Business Advising
  • Clifford Odle, Assistant Professor of Theater
  • Anelise Hanson Shrout, Assistant Professor of Digital and Computational Studies
  • Mara Tieken, Associate Professor of Education
  • Rachel Wray, Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

The Charge:

The MCGC is charged with moving the humanities, humanistic social sciences, and humanistic interdisciplinary studies forward by supporting faculty in their work of racial equity, inclusive pedagogy, and curriculum review transformation. This work involves creating sustainable structures, opportunities, and collaborations in alignment with the grant outcomes and the objectives set forth as follows:

  • Improving: 1) curricula offered by departments and programs, 2) pedagogical approaches to teaching, and 3) the faculty’s intellectual and material capacity to promote and support equity, inclusion, and educational justice writ large. 
  • Supporting faculty efforts toward access, equity, and inclusion for diverse student populations across departments and programs through curricular and pedagogical change.
  • Facilitating and supporting the assessment of curricula and student outcomes at department, program, and individual faculty levels.
  • Increasing consensus and engagement with curricular transformation through informed and deliberative curricular change.
  • Programming, workshopping, and conferencing that results in building faculty capacity to identify and evaluate biases that influence teaching principles, student assessment, and foundational standpoints of a discipline. This will enhance the learning outcomes of all students, the removal of barriers particularly experienced by BIPOC students, and the advancement of our dedication to educational justice and accessibility in education.
  • Working with faculty in redesigning an impactful number of courses and curricula.
  • Planning, scheduling, promoting, recruiting, implementing, and assessing efforts of this committee and that of the curriculum review and transformation processes.