Grace Nixon Institute
How to Apply
- NOTE: Priority deadline for scholarship consideration is April 1. The English Department will give funding priority to secondary teachers who apply for the Institute by this date. Please make sure we have your application form by that date, even if you haven’t yet completed an application to U of I.
- Check the Summer Session website for information about enrollment at U of I. Each course in the 2022 Institute is available in two tracks: degree credit and professional development. Degree Credit is available to students in degree-seeking programs. You must be either admitted to the MAT or MA-Eng program or actively applying to the MA-Eng program in order to receive degree credit. Degree credit scholarships will be reserved for those students actively seeking a degree; additional awards will be based on remaining scholarship funding. Students taking courses for degree credit will earn a letter grade, while students taking courses for professional development will be assessed in terms of pass/fail. Please note: students will not be able to convert professional development courses to degree credit at a later date.
For more information about the 2022 Institute, and to have the application emailed to you, email Jennifer Baillargeon-Hauck or call 208-885-6156.
In summer 2022, the Nixon Institute continues with its new format, which focuses on offering courses that will help participants (especially high school teachers) earn a Master of Arts degree.
This year’s institute includes both in-class and out-of-class portions, with the in-class portion being taught in person on the Moscow campus. Students will receive a syllabus and reading list for the course in April. The in-class component of the class will take place in Moscow from June 20-July 1, and after that students will work on their final projects with the mentorship of faculty members.
Overview of Summer 2022 Courses
- Katie Krahn will offer "Multimodal Composition Theory and Application Description, Structure, and Major Coursework. "This course will focus on multimodal composition. Students will explore how multimodal compositions create inclusive and equitable classrooms, how multimodal compositions can convey understanding/knowledge that the traditional essay may not, and how teachers can use multimodal assignments - large and small - in the writing and literature classrooms.
- Laura Gruber Godfrey will offer "Reading Hemingway, Interpreting Literature." This class will explore several major works of Ernest Hemingway, one of the twentieth century's most influential writers. We'll focus in particular on Hemingway's craft, what he named the theory of omission, examining the ways that the subtle textures of his prose can provide valuable literary experience for students of all ages. Reading Hemingway teaches us to slow down to the crawl often necessary to see the real power and suggestion in the compressed language he uses to tell a story, but it also teaches us to be careful not to invent too much backstory to fill in the spaces (and this may be one of the most valuable lessons students can learn from Hemingway's writing). Along the way we will study some of the major themes in Hemingway's works including the labor of craft, cultural geography, the natural world and humanities' place in it, courage, vulnerability, loss, and spirituality. We'll try to peel back the layers of mythology, misinformation, and bluster that surround Hemingway the man and the author (many of which he himself helped create).