COSTAR

Collaborative Study and Research (COSTAR)

The Collaborative Study and Research (COSTAR) program supports scholarly, creative and pedagogical partnerships for teams of two Saint Mary’s faculty. These projects may include traditional collaborations, such as jointly conducting research; co-authoring a book or article; co-editing a collection; co-creating an artwork or performance; or developing a multi-section, team-taught or tandem course. Projects may also involve innovative interdisciplinary study and dialogue, such as an historian and a theologian reading and discussing one another’s work-in-progress on the same period or issue, or faculty from the same or different departments studying a problem or concept of mutual interest from different methodological or theoretical perspectives.

 

Application Guidelines Past COSTAR Winners

 

Application Guidelines

 

Eligibility: All full-time faculty are eligible, as are part-time faculty who have taught for five semesters at Saint Mary's College. Faculty on terminal contracts are not eligible. Please direct all eligibility questions to the Center for Academic Innovation Director.

 

Time Commitment: Faculty are expected to commit to at least six weeks of collaboration during the summer.

 

Stipend: Each faculty member receives a taxable stipend of $2,500 disbursed in one payment.

 

Application: There is no application form. Instead, please jointly assemble a typed, double-spaced, four- to six-page proposal that includes the following.

1. The following statement, signed by the faculty member’s department chair: “I have read this proposal and consider that it is consistent with the interests of the department and the College.”

2. A description of each colleague's contribution to the project, written by the individual faculty member, and addressing the following questions:

a. What do you propose to do?

b. How did your project come about?

c. Why is it worth doing?

d. What do you expect to accomplish in your six-week collaboration period? If completing your project will take longer than six weeks, what is your plan and timetable for completion?

e. What other summer obligations do you have (for example, summer school teaching, other research or travel commitments, etc.), and how are they compatible with the demands of your proposed COSTAR work?

3. A collaboratively written description of how your proposed contributions complement each other, how you plan to work together, what you expect to gain by collaborating, and what your collaboration will produce (for example, a book, conference paper, tandem course, etc.).

4. In addition to the four- to six-page application outlined above, please attach a brief curriculum vitae for each applicant, emphasizing his/her preparation for the work proposed.


Past COSTAR Awards

2013

Laura Elder, Global Studies
Abrar Fitwi, Business and Economics
Are Malaysian Women Transforming Ethical Investment Practices in the Global Arena

 

2012

Joanne Snow, Mathematics
Colleen Hoover, Mathematics
The Life and Work of Marston Morse

 

2010

Susan Alexander, Sociology
Anita Houk, Religious Studies
     
Single in the Church: Theological and Gender-Studies Approaches to Single Adults' Congregational Practice and Spirituality

2009                                                                                                                             

Stacy Davis, Religious Studies
Edith Miguda, History
   
Biblical teachings in the Cultural Parameters - Gender issues in the Hebraic, English and Luo Biblical translations                                                                                                                              

2008                                                                                                                          

Frances Hwang, English
Leslie Wang, Sociology

Exploring Cultural Identities  

Julie Long, Library
Mary Ann Traxler, Education

Multicultural Children's Literature in Revie


2007

Carolyne Call, Office for Civic and Social Engagement
Julie Storme, Modern Languages
Listening to Understand: Exploring Issues of Identity with Muslim American Women

Nancy Menk, Music
Laurel Thomas, Music
Singing Nuns: the Women’s Chorus as an Integral Dramatic Component in Ordo Virtutum and Suor Angelica


2006

Mana Derakhshani, Modern Languages
Jennifer Zachman, Modern Languages
Crossing the Pyrenees: Film Theory and Franco-Iberian Cinema

 

2005

Susan Alexander, Sociology
Astrid Henry, English and Women’s Studies
Feminism and Popular Culture

 

2003

Astrid Henry, English and Women’s Studies
Phyllis Kaminski, Religious Studies

Riding the Waves, or What We’ll Be Doing this Summer: Collaborative Research to Create an Interdisciplinary Upper-level Tandem (RLST 362 and WOST 390)

Frances Kominkiewicz, Anthropology and Social Work
Sue Wiegand, Library

The Use of Library Databases by Undergraduate Students

 

2002

Colleen Hoover, Department of Mathematics
Joanne Snow, Department of Mathematics

Marston Morse: The Man, the Mathematician, the Humanist

Julie Long, Library
Mary Connolly, Department of Mathematics

Research and Resources in a Networked Environment

 

2001

Mark Abram-Copenhaver, Department of Communication, Dance and Theatre
Renée Kingcaid, Department of Modern Languages

Producing Molière's The Learned Ladies

Ella Sue Harmeyer, Department of Nursing
Jayne E. Kendle, Department of Nursing

Assessing the Respite Needs of Families With Children with Special Needs Living in Elkhart and Saint Joseph Counties

Catherine M. Pittman, Department of Psychology
Nancy Turner, Department of Education

College Students with Learning-Related Difficulties: Providing Resources to Faculty and Students

 

2000

Ann Loux, Department of English
Becky Stoddart, Department of Psychology

Story Station w.o.r.l.d.

 

1999

JoAnn Burke, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work Department
Jan Pilarski, Justice Education

Faith and Spirituality in Social Work Practice

Susan Alexander, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work Department
Karen Chambers, Psychology Department

Studying Youth Culture: Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Methodologies

 

1998

Toni Barstis, Chemistry/Physics Department
Joanne Snow, Mathematics Department

Interactive Mathematics and Physical Chemistry

Thomas Bonnell, English Department
Katherine Sullivan, Communication, Dance and Theatre Department

John Dryden's Secret Love

Ann Clark, Philosophy Department
Phyllis Kaminski, Religious Studies Department

Feminist Theory in Practice: Reading, Writing and Transforming Knowledge

 

1997

Kevin McDonnell, Philosophy Department
Elizabeth Newman, Religious Studies Department

Closer to Home--Christian Identity and Higher Education, Part 2

Rebecca Stoddart, Psychology Department
Jill Vihtelic, Business Administration and Economics

Predicting Women Professors' Job Satisfaction: Does Parental Career Guidance Facilitate Women's Entry into Non-traditional Fields?

 

1996

Sister Elena Malits, Religious Studies Department
Phyllis Kaminski, Religious Studies Department

Teaching Teachers for the 21st Century--A Collaborative Approach to Religious Education

Jeffrey Breese, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work Department
Bonnie Dunwoody, Education Department

Examining the Mission Statements of Women's Colleges, (or) 'This is your mission and if you choose to accept it...'

Patrick Pierce, Political Science Department
Donald Miller, Mathematics Department

Statistical Models of Gambling Revenue Politics

Don Balka, Mathematics Department
Nancy Turner, Education Department

Development of Teacher Resource Material in Mathematics For Use With Students With Disabilities

 

1995

Zae Munn, Music Department
Deborah Norin-Kuehn, Music Department

A Performer/Composer Collaboration: The Creation and Performance of a Concert Work for Young Audiences

 

1994

Kevin McDonnell, Philosophy Department
Elizabeth Newman, Religious Studies

Christian Identity and Higher Education (deferred until summer of 1995)

Donald Miller, Mathematics Department
Patrick Pierce, Political Science Department

Politics of State Lotteries: A Structural Equations Approach to Understanding Their Causes and Effects

Jerry McElroy, Business Administration and Economics Department
Jack Ruhe, Business Administration and Economics Department

Spirituality for Women in the Work World