The Keck Faculty Fellows Program provides one-year fellowships to faculty in departments that represent emerging research disciplines. Strengthening research and scholarly experiences for undergraduates in the arts, humanities, and social sciences has become a national priority. USD is addressing this need by providing training and support to faculty from these areas that have been historically underrepresented in funding and formalized programs. Keck Faculty Fellows receive funding to conduct research or scholarly work in collaboration with an undergraduate student of their choice. They also engage in a number of professional development activities related to mentoring and undergraduate research and learning.
2013 Keck Faculty Fellow applications are now being accepted. Please read the Call for Applications for eligibility criteria and information on the application process. Applications are due on or before January 28, 2013.
2012 Keck Faculty Fellows
|Jonathan Bowman, Communication Studies|
|Student Fellow: Connor Sullivan|
|Relational Attributions and Dual-Tasking: A Theory-Driven Approach|
|The current project is intended to extend experimental communication research on the effects of mediated dual-tasking – conversing through multiple technology-based channels while attempting to accomplish some other task. Participants will converse through a variety of communication channels, with some participants playing video games during a conversation with a close friend. Using a reduced latin-square design, the experimenters will also manipulate whether the other individual is aware of the dual-tasking behaviors. Outcome measures will include attitudes and attribution, as well as coded conversational content and self-reported relational assessment.|
|Lisa Nunn, Sociology|
|Student Fellow: Kelsey Perry|
|Success Identity and GPA among California High School Students|
|The project investigates high school students’ perceptions of their own intelligence and perceptions of how hard they work in school. As cultural wisdom about success in US society centers on hard work and natural talent, this project explores students’ understandings of themselves as smart and hardworking people as a way to gain insight on “success identities” in the context of high school. The research uses original survey data collected at three public high schools in 2006 in a collaborative effort with the California Healthy Kids Survey. Data analysis will include several measures from the California Healthy Kids Survey, such as grade point averages (GPA), to draw findings on the relationship between self-perceptions of success in terms of intelligence and effort and academic performance measures of success.|
|John Joe Schlichtman, Sociology|
|Student Fellow: Ian Gibson|
|High Point, North Carolina Film Documentary|
|Allison Weise, Art, Architecture + Art History|
|Student Fellow: Noe Olivas|
|Untitled: A Rolling Social Sculpture|
A 1970’s Chevrolet step van will be meticulously converted into a professional-grade visual arts exhibition space. The exterior, refinished to a matte primer gray, will be non-descript save for white-wall tires and supergraphics on its side that identify it as Untitled. The interior will be outfitted with all the trappings of a contemporary art institution: hardwood floor, white walls and a miniature track-lighting system. An ambitious sculptural undertaking, the project also acts as a Beuysian “Social Sculpture” – its meaning is made just as surely through the creation of a space for dialogue as it is through the project’s physical form. Untitled will launch an exhibition program during the fall of 2012, transporting the work of San Diego/Tijuana artists onto the University of San Diego’s campus, while carrying USD students’ artwork out into the surrounding community.Motivated both by an investigation into a mutable alter-institutionality and the physical humor and dead-serious craft of transforming an anonymous working-class utility vehicle into a slick art institution. Untitled can do everything (show artwork, garner reviews, hold an opening reception, or circulate a press release) that a traditional gallery can. Rent is paid hourly in quarters to a parking meter, however, and even its title and grey primer finish hint at the project’s desire to act as a conduit - a shifting space that creates unexpected overlaps in audiences and art worlds.
The project finds inspiration across a menu of high and low art traditions that have fueled USD Senior Noe Olivas’ recent artwork: Mexican-American car club low-riders; rat-rod and custom car culture in Southern California; the avant-garde conceptual sculpture of contemporary artists like David Hammons and the street art movement of the last 25 years.
2011 Keck Faculty Fellows
|Daniel López-Pérez, Art, Architecture, and Art History|
|Student Fellows: Jacob Bruce, Sou Fang, Devon Morris|
|From Spheres to Atmospheres: R. Buckmister Fuller's Spherical Atlas (1944-1980)|
“From Spheres to Atmospheres” is the result of a two year research project by the University of San Diego Architecture Students under the direction of Daniel López-Pérez that aims to assemble a “Spherical Atlas” of thirty geodesic prototypes developed by R. Buckminster Fuller from 1945 to 1980. The goal is to assemble a number of drawings and models drawn and built by the students, alongside with original Fuller drawings and models, in order to highlight the material and spatial intricacy of these, and their invaluable potential as prototypes for contemporary design.
This research looks back as much as it looks forward. It explores the possibility of rediscovering these prototypes as generative “spherical” systems rather than closed “spheres”, open for deformation and transformation. This research both learns from the past and builds on the intelligence of these in order to shape a new future.
Originally born out of the collaboration between R Buckminster Fuller and university students in departments of architecture, art and engineering throughout the US, the design and development of these geodesic prototypes proposed a new pedagogical model where academic and professional research were synthesized into a single practice. Drawn and built by students, “From Spheres to Atmospheres” proposes a similar pedagogy that engages students across a number of fields and explores the potential of academic research transforming disciplinary boundaries.
|Monica Stufft, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies|
|Student Fellow: Molly Maslak|
|The Performativity of Punk: Construction, Performance and Redefinition of the Punk Identity|
|The goal of this research was to highlight the centrality of the performance of identity not only within but also as a constitution of Punk culture through a detailed exploration of three front-men: Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols, Ian Dury of the Blockheads and Iggy Pop of the Stooges. The student conducted archival research in London and interviewed a Rolling Stones journalist as well as reading existing secondary literature on Punk culture. Upon returning to USD, she wrote a 20 page paper, presented as part of the UCSD undergraduate research conference, and has submitted a version of the paper for potential inclusion in a national Theatre conference.|
|Lori Watson, Philosophy & Women's and Gender Studies Program|
|Student Fellow: Shauna Riley|
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