Grace Nixon Institute
How to Apply
- NOTE: Priority deadline for scholarship consideration is February 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 2019 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 2019 Institute, email Jennifer Baillargeon-Hauck or call 208-885-6156.
In summer 2019, 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. Students will receive a syllabus and reading list for the course in March. The in-class component of the class will take place in Moscow from June 18-29, and after that students will work on their final projects with the mentorship of faculty members.
Overview of Summer 2019 Courses
- Victoria Arthur will offer "Greek and Roman Mythology," a course that explores Greek and Roman mythology in order to understand the impact of these texts on Western culture. This course begins with the Greek version of creation and Olympian pantheon through Hesiod and The Homeric Hymns. It then considers the epic events of the Trojan War, the return of some of the heroes, and the founding of Rome in Homer and Virgil. It wraps up with the stories of two cursed families through Greek drama. Throughout, students will make connections to uses of these myths in literature and pop culture.
- Tobias Wray will offer "Creative Writing Pedagogy," which undertakes a comparative study of Creative Writing pedagogies borrowing from Composition Studies and other fields, arriving at practical methods of instruction that attend to the diversity of our students and the myriad possibilities that Creative Writing offers English teachers. This course will ask students to examine Creative Writing classroom structures and approaches, especially the workshop as the predominate model of its practice, and identify the current theories surrounding Creative Writing pedagogy and apply these methods to working syllabi and lesson plans. This course satisfies the theory requirement for the MA-Eng degree.