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Lilly Small Grant Initiative

Anchors Summary 1

Anchors for Faith and Learning at ETBU

The Lilly Fellows network provided a grant to strengthen the campus-wide discussion of the way our faith informs our learning.

The program:

  • Provided resources for the creation of a framework and common vocabulary to meet the needs of our students and to promote a vibrant interdisciplinary discussion around our university community’s shared desire to enhance discipleship in the classroom.
  • Supported the presentation of The Anchors for discussing faith and learning to the faculty during faculty work week in the fall of 2021. 
  • Is funding three $300.00 grants to be awarded to faculty who are interested in developing a teaching strategy that incorporates at least of one of the anchors into a classroom experience. Those faculty will share their experiences with their colleagues during the spring 2022 work week. 
  • Will promote faculty efforts to develop classroom experiences with a series of learning concept modules designed around the needs of our students in various stages of faith development.

Lilly Fellows Network / Lilly Fellows Program in the Humanities and Arts Small Grant Program

The Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts "seeks to strengthen the quality and shape the character of church-related institutions of higher learning in the twenty-first century." See more about the Lilly Fellows Program. Read about the Small Grant Program.

ETBU joined The Lilly Fellows Network of 101 colleges and universities in November 2010.

Lilly Fellows Administrative Representative: Provost Dr.Thomas Sanders
Lilly Fellows Faculty Campus Representatives: Dr. Robin Rudd and Dr. Sandy Hoover

Previous Grants

Human Rights, Reconciliation, and Restorative Justice:  East Texas and the World

This ETBU initiative received support from a Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts Small Grant. The grant initiative involved faculty, staff, students, churches and community in interdisciplinary learning and service activities and events.

The program:

  • involved participants in panel discussions, chapel programs, and student activities focused on issues of human rights, forgiveness and reconciliation, social justice, and a campus and local initiative to develop awareness and a program of restorative justice.
  • included concurrent academic classes in literature, history, religion, political science and the behavioral sciences.
  • was intended to include participation by the public, public school and college students, and members of law enforcement, the bar and the judiciary.
  • involved professors whose disciplines, teaching or classes lead students to examine themes and topics related to the initiative. 

Premises: 

First, that the humanities and the social sciences provide complementary resources to complete the tasks of moral education, personal development and identity, spiritual maturity, and responsible engagement with family, community, the nation and world. 

Second, that the humanities contribute to personal and civic virtues through studies in literature and media on themes of justice and reconciliation, through biblical and theological studies, and through activities that promote awareness of similar concerns among societies around the world.

Lilly Fellows Network / Lilly Fellows Program in the Humanities and Arts Small Grant Program

The Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts "seeks to strengthen the quality and shape the character of church-related institutions of higher learning in the twenty-first century."  See more about the Lilly Fellows Program.

Read about the Small Grant Program.

ETBU joined The Lilly Fellows Network of 101 colleges and universities in November 2010.

ETBU's President, Dr. J. Blair Blackburn, is the administrative representative to the LFP for ETBU. Dr. Jerry L. Summers, Dean of the School of Humanities, is presently the LFP faculty campus representative.