Grace Nixon Institute
How to Apply
- NOTE: Priority deadline for scholarship consideration is March 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 2021 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 2021 Institute, and to have the application emailed to you, email Jennifer Baillargeon-Hauck or call 208-885-6156.
In summer 2021, 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 via synchronous zoom sessions. 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 21-July 2, and after that students will work on their final projects with the mentorship of faculty members.
Overview of Summer 2021 Courses
- Barbara Kirchmeier will offer "Composition Pedagogies." This inquiry-based course will review foundational composition theory and provide space to explore current conversations in the field including, but not limited to, the following: diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom; teaching writing in virtual and online spaces; using game theory to teach writing; and teaching dual credit composition courses.
- Janis Johnson will offer "Young Adult Literature in a Time of Upheaval: Teaching for Connection and Critical Literacy." We'll read recent YAL novels (realist, dystopian, speculative and graphic), poetry and film through theories of human/environmental connectedness, social constructions of power and difference, and transformation. Primary text themes include historical legacies, immigration, race, sexual identity, and citizenship.