Faculty Academic Support Grants
The Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law & Public Policy is pleased to announce the availability of a faculty grant of $4,000 for undergraduate or graduate faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. The purpose of this grant is to expand relevant utilization of the extensive resources of the Dick Thornburgh Papers housed in Hillman Library’s Archive Service Center.
This grant is available to:
- Incorporate archival material into new or existing course(s).
- Encourage student research in the collection and expand recognition in the value of primary source material.
The Thornburgh archive is a rich source of information on major events and policies in Pennsylvania, the United States, as well as international issues of law and public policy. It consists of 1007 cartons of documents from Dick Thornburgh’s twenty five years of public service as Governor of Pennsylvania (1979-1987), Attorney General of the United States (1988 – 1991), and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (1992-1993), among other notable positions.
In addition to the archival resources, the potential exists to have an active classroom discussion with Governor Thornburgh.
Possible curricular subject areas include, for example: The structure and operation of federal, state and local government; Integrity in the governance of both public and private organizations; Issues relating to persons with disabilities; Commitment to public service; Government roles in economic development; Issues relating to the U.S. Department of Justice; Changing political landscape/campaigns; Rule of Law and its implications; Nuclear Energy and Emergency Management: the Lessons of Three Mile Island.
Thanks for your interest in this faculty award.
Selection of the award will be based on the following criteria: Sound relevant topic; Degree of incorporation of archival material into the overall curriculum; Clarity of the stated schedule, budget, and development plan for the curriculum.
This grants is available to any faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh and its regional campuses. Eligible expenses may be used for student research support, research stipends, direct expenses in utilizing the archives, and direct expenses for curriculum development.; Eligible activities include new course curriculum or significant modification to existing course curricula.
Application deadline: March 18, 2014
Congratulations to past award recipients:
Brian Beaton, Assistant Professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Beaton will use the Thornburgh Archives to research materials for a new graduate course he is developing at the School of Information Sciences. The Archive collection from the time period when Governor Thornburgh served as the Governor of Pennsylvania will be used to develop case studies and a primary source document reader for students to use throughout the course for a fuller sense of Pennsylvania's recent history of economic reinvention with a particular emphasis on Pittsburgh.
Richard Joyce, Attorney and Counselor at Law. The Governor Thornburgh Case Study Project will analyze the role of conflict resolution and negotiation skills in governance and public service. The research portion of the study will utilize the Dick Thornburgh Papers housed by the Hillman Library to identify episodes within Governor Thornburgh's public service career that highlight the importance of conflict resolution and negotiation skills.
Joseph Hornack, adjunct professor in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, has used the award to fund research at the Hillman Library’s archive center in the areas of origin of the principles underlying in the American with Disabilities Act (ADA); the political and legislative history of the ADA; and comparative analysis of the ADA with both the laws of other nations as well as international law on the subject of the rights of persons with disabilities. News release article.
Richard Cox, professor in the School of Information Sciences, has incorporated research from the archives into the course Archival Access, Advocacy, and Ethics. Graduate students used the Thornburgh collection to develop information packets for use by college students to highlight the value of archival records in understanding legal, public policy, and other high-profile cases. News release article.
Rosemary Hoffman, assistant professor in the School of Nursing’s Department of Acute and Tertiary Care, has incorporated research from the archives into the course Leadership, Healthcare Policy, and Finance. Hoffman and a graduate student have developed a multimedia case study analyzing the impact of Three Mile Island on health care policy development,potential health effects, and changes in the nuclear industry - especially emergency response.
Mark Magalotti, senior lecturer in the School of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and coordinator for the Graduate Program in Transportation Engineering, has incorporated research from the archives into the course Urban Transportation Planning. A graduate student researched and wrote a case study on the short and long term impact of the Three Mile Island crisis on public policy for transportation planning for nuclear plant disasters. The case study was used in the course as a real-world example of how case studies are structured and completed.
Anibal Perez-Linan, associate professor in the School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Political Science, has incorporated research from the archives into the course Comparative Politics. Governor Thornburgh’s visit to the Soviet Union in 1989 was used as the basis for class discussion on the contradiction between totalitarianism and the rule of law. Students were required to write an essay using papers and video from the archives on the contradiction between totalitarianism and the rule of law in today’s post-totalitarian China.
Message from the Governor
The Forum was established at my Law School alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh. In connection with the Dick Thornburgh Papers held by the University's Hillman Library, the Forum reflects my experiences in public life. It is in intended to foster discourse on issues vital to the preservation of our democratic system and the Rule of Law upon which that system depends.
Special thanks are due to Chancellor Mark Nordenberg, who has been unstinting in support of this effort since its inception. In addition, many others have provided time, resources and dedication to this undertaking. Under the direction of Dr. Edward McCord of the University of Pittsburgh Honors College, we are putting our vision into action.