Dr. Gloria Park, assistant professor in the English Department’s Composition and TESOL program, was awarded a Pennsylvania Department of Education Keystone Grant, sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute.
The award is a research grant funding that supports teacher-scholarship work on issues of diversity and social justice. The $2,000 grant will support the undergraduate research writing project entitled “Undergraduate Students’ Voices: Raising Awareness of Social Justice Issues through Research Writing.”
The design of the research writing course syllabus and the emergence of the diversity research project are framed within a critical perspective that looks at power structures and ideology embedded in the society. This perspective helps the students unpack the issues of race, gender, class, and language (and other social categories) that privilege some and marginalize others.
With this in mind, Dr. Park states that “as a teacher-scholar invested in issues of social justice, in my research writing course sections, I designed a culminating diversity research project where students conduct empirical research on a topic they desire to investigate as a way to gain knowledge and enact social change beyond the requirements instituted by the course instructor.”
Dr. Park has completed data collection and is currently working on data analysis and manuscript preparation, which will be submitted to refereed journals.