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The Dean’s Unlearning Whiteness Research Award

As a School of architecture and the built environment, it is imperative that we acknowledge the role our disciplines and practices have played in constructing and upholding racial inequities in the built environment. GSAPP is engaging every aspect of the School with a collective commitment to changing these approaches, and through shared efforts is intensifying its focus in the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion as a community and across our disciplines and practices.

GSAPP recognizes that its capacities to advance and support transformation of the field to become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive through research that explore and advance new forms of anti-racist practice in the built environment. To this end, GSAPP is making a three-year commitment of financial support to its faculty by establishing the Dean’s Unlearning Whiteness Research Award, which will provide up to three $10,000 grants for faculty-led initiatives, research, and new forms of practice including independent publications, exhibitions, and other projects to initiate and sustain efforts towards the project of unlearning Whiteness.


Eligibility

  • Full time tenure and tenure track faculty and Professors of Professional Practice who have not exceeded the University additional compensation limits.
  • Full time tenure and tenure track faculty and Professors of Professional Practice who have not received another GSAPP Anti-Racism award within the prior two years.
  • Adjunct faculty who have held a GSAPP faculty appointment within the past 3 semesters (or academic year), meet Columbia University employment requirements, and are able to hold a Columbia University adjunct research appointment within a calendar year of selection.
  • Full time tenure and tenure track faculty, Professors of Professional Practice, and eligible adjunct faculty may apply and be the recipient of one of the GSAPP Anti-Racism awards within an academic year: The Dean’s Unlearning Whiteness Research Award or the GSAPP Anti-Racism Curriculum Development Award.

Award Process

  • To apply, please submit a 2 to 3-page statement that includes a description of your proposed initiative, research, or project outlining how it contributes towards the goal of unlearning Whiteness. You may also submit samples of your work (optional).
  • Applications must be submitted through the online form.
  • An interdisciplinary faculty panel will review and select up to 3 candidates for the academic year 2021-2022. The process will be repeated for additional awards in the following 2 academic years.
  • Applications are due September 30, 2021, with jury selections to be finalized by November 30, 2021. Recipients will be notified by December 15, 2021.

Payment

  • Full time faculty who are recipients of the award will receive the award as additional compensation within the subsequent calendar year, January 1–December 31, 2022. Full-time officers of instruction may receive up to 20 percent of their monthly base salary as additional compensation.
  • Adjunct faculty who are recipients of the award will hold a one semester research appointment – in a non-teaching semester – within the subsequent calendar year, January 1–December 31, 2022. Recipients may not teach or hold the rank of adjunct faculty during the term in which they are appointed as researchers.
  • Award recipients are to provide a final report to the Dean and the Anti-Racism Task Force within one year of receiving the funds, with potential to share more broadly with the School as appropriate.