Open Call for CARI Faculty Fellows

  • February 2nd, 2022
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Become a CARI Faculty Fellow

February 1-28, 2022, the Collaborative Arts Research Initiative will accept applications for a new cohort of Faculty Fellows to begin in August, 2022.

Any full-time faculty member at the University of Alabama, tenure-track or renewable contract is eligible to apply. A CARI Faculty Fellowship is a 2-year commitment to being an active member of a collaborative arts research community.

In addition to the opportunity to strengthen your research design and impact, the benefits of a CARI Faculty Fellowship include:

● Up to $4000/year in general research support
● Priority access to Maxwell Hall’s facilities and equipment
● The opportunity to guide CARI’s acquisition of additional equipment and software
● Opportunities to bring guest artists and collaborators in your areas of interest
● Assistance in identifying external funding sources

CARI is committed to anti-racist practices and to fostering an inclusive and diverse research community that nurtures and promotes the curiosity and growth of all of its members.

Click here for more information on how to apply.

2021 JPAR Awardees Announcement

  • December 3rd, 2021
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Congratulations to the second funded Joint Pilot for Arts Research projects, co-sponsored by CARI, the College of Education, and the Office for Research and Economic Development.

The funded projects include:

The Science of Writing Through Arts-Integrated Applications Using PAGES: A Professional Development Program for Elementary Teachers

Julie Bannerman, Assistant Professor of Music Education, Julieanne Coleman, Professor of Elementary & Literacy Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Carol Donovan, Professor of Literacy Education, Special Education, and Multiple Abilities, Tracey Hodges, Assistant Professor of Elementary & Literacy Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Kathryn O’Harra, Assistant Professor, Honors College, Jewoong Moon, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies, Kelley Schoger, Associate Professor of Theatre, Acting/Movement

Fluid Mechanics for Elementary School Students Via High-Speed Flow Imaging Using Smartphones and Tablets

Hyun Jin Kim, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mina Kim, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Celestia Morgan, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Art and Art History, Jee Kyung Suh, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Flow Tuscaloosa Awarded National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Our Town Grant

  • August 30th, 2021
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Congratulations to Jamey Grimes, CARI Fellow and Assistant Professor of Art, and Dr. Julia Brock, CARI Fellow and Assistant Professor of History on being awarded a National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant for their project, Flow Tuscaloosa.

Flow Tuscaloosa recognizes the successful restoration of Hurricane Creek, a Tuscaloosa natural resource, as inspiration to ignite action to protect the resources of the Black Warrior River watershed and bring attention to environmental justice efforts in West Alabama. Drawing from expressive and visual art as a stimulus for dialogue, engagement, and play, the project nurtures local commitment to environmental stewardship through arts-based workshops that culminate with a community lantern parade and a curated exhibition.

Dr. Andrew Raffo Dewar Awarded a Fulbright Specialist Award and Named the Fulbright Canada Research Chair

  • August 5th, 2021
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Congratulations to CARI Faculty Fellow Dr. Andrew Raffo Dewar on being awarded a Fulbright Specialist Award and being named the Fulbright Canada Research Chair at York University in Toronto.

Through the Fulbright Specialist Program, Dr. Dewar received support to visit the Antonio Nariño University in Bogotá, Colombia in June. He gave two public seminars on experimental music and intermedia arts, discussing both the history of those art forms and his own creative research in those fields.

“To receive this kind of support at this moment in my career simultaneously feels like an acknowledgement of the decades of work I have already completed, and an invitation to stretch my research into new directions with my future work,” said Dr. Dewar.

Click here to learn more.

Requiem for the Innocent – Film Festival Finalist

  • May 21st, 2021
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Congratulations to Robin Behn, CARI Faculty Fellow and UA Professor of English, for advancing as a finalist in the Berlin Shorts Film Festival, the Vancouver Independent Film Festival, and the Paris International Short Film Festival.

Her submission, Requiem for the Innocent: El Paso and Beyond, is a research project that addresses the tragedy of the mass shooting at the Walmart in El Paso on August 3, 2019 in which twenty-three people were killed.

Rebecca Salzer Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

  • March 31st, 2021
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CARI Director And UA Professor, Rebecca Salzer, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in February of 2021. Her funded project aims to create an online resource to increase accessibility to recordings of works by Black choreographers. This is Salzer’s second NEH grant for her project. Read more about this award and Salzer’s research here.

Dr. Catherine Roach Receives UA’s SEC Achievement Award and Research Fellowships

  • March 30th, 2021
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Congratulations to CARI Fellow, Dr. Catherine Roach, for being UA’s SEC Achievement Award Winner. The program recognizes one individual from each SEC university for their teaching accomplishments, scholarly contributions and discoveries. Dr. Roach is recognized for her excellence in pursuing new research frontiers, experimenting with different writing mediums and finding new audiences. To read more about Dr. Roach’s research and career as a professor of Gender and Cultural Studies at UA, click here.

In addition to her award, Catherine has also received the Muriel Gold Senior Visiting Professorship at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at McGill University and the Visiting Research Fellowship of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. To read more about this honor, click here. 

CARI announces 2021-2022 Faculty Fellows

  • December 3rd, 2020
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The University of Alabama’s Collaborative Arts Research Initiative has announced its newest cohort of faculty fellows. The 2021–2022 faculty fellows, chosen from a large and competitive applicant pool, are:

  • Sarah Bryant, Library & Information Studies
  • Andrew Raffo Dewar, New College and Music
  • Amanda Koh, Chemical & Biological Engineering
  • Jeremy Levine, Journalism & Creative Media
  • Claudia Romanelli, Modern Languages & Classics
  • Erin Stoneking, Gender & Race Studies
  • Elizabeth Tavares, English

These fellows will participate in a collaborative arts research community for the next two years. The CARI Faculty Fellowship aims to help fellows diversify the impact of their work and to develop new interdisciplinary research. The creative lab and collaborative meeting space in Maxwell Hall serves as a place for these faculty to workshop ideas, hold meetings, and informally interact with other faculty.

JPAR Awardees 2020

  • September 21st, 2020
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Congratulations to the first funded Joint Pilot for Arts Research projects, co-sponsored by CARI, the Alabama Life Research Institute, and the Office of Research and Economic Development!
The funded projects include:
  • “Instruments of Culture and Agents of Change: Performing Arts Training as a Vehicle for Empowerment and Wellbeing among Alabama Youth,” which includes Dr. Courtney Helfrecht, assistant professor of anthropology; Dr. Stephanie McClure, assistant professor of anthropology; Dr. Alexis Davis-Hazell, assistant professor of music; and Alvon Reed, assistant professor of theatre and dance.
  • “Dangerous Landscapes: Legacies of Nineteenth-Century Progress in the age of Climate Change,” which includes Dr. Teresa Cribelli, associate professor of history; Allison Grant, assistant professor of art and art history; and Dr. Joan Barth, senior research social scientist at the Institute for Social Science Research.

A Most Favorable Soil

 CARI Fellow Julia Brock is a member of the Selvage Collective, a curatorial collective that blends contemporary art and public history. The group’s exhibition titled “A Most Favourable Soil” opens in Kilkenny, Ireland in November 2019. CARI hosted Selvage member, Kirstie Tepper, to finalize research and present on the exhibit at UA.