PELLA — The Moore Family Foundation Faculty Development Program for Teaching is providing grant funding for 13 faculty projects at Central College for the 2021-22 academic year. The funding total is more than $71,000.

Funding supports projects, some of which are:

  • Exploring how small, rural districts understand, enact and react to policy change
  • Establishing a living laboratory at Central
  • Research in data analytics for the expansion of catapult technology
  • Collaborative research with faculty and students on the generation of Indirubin
  • A teaching development workshop for faculty

The Moore Family Foundation has provided significant support to the college over the years. Since 2013, Central faculty have received $564,059 in funding from the Moore Family Foundation Development Program for Teaching.

The foundation's goal is to provide Central faculty with the opportunity to strengthen engagement with students in the classroom and other education settings. The foundation funds faculty professional development in teaching, including:

  • New course development
  • Sabbatical leave support that directly impacts classroom teaching
  • Educational opportunities in the classroom and other learning environments through educational excursions, visitors and guest lecturers
  • Equipment for teaching
  • Workshop, seminar or training registration fees
  • Payments to Central students for their work in collaborative research with faculty members

The late Frank Moore, Class of 1949, and his wife, Grace, who was designated an honorary alumna of Central in 2001, have been long-term generous benefactors to the college. Frank was the director of the human research area files at Yale University, where Grace was a foreign language translation editor.

From 1979-88, Frank was a Central trustee. Together, the couple created two scholarships funded by their annuities, one endowed scholarship, two faculty awards and a chair in anthropology, in addition to ongoing gifts from the Moore Family Foundation.

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