The Moore Family Foundation Faculty Development Program for Teaching is providing grant funding for 11 faculty projects at Central College for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The funding total is more than $61,000 for this year. Projects the funding will contribute to include undergraduate research involving prairies and agriculture in the Midwest, research on soil chemistry (faculty and student collaborate research), enhancing first-year liberal arts seminars for students and a student trip to Germany and Poland in remembrance of the Holocaust.

The foundation has provided significant support to the college over the years. Since 2013, 123 of the college’s faculty have written 90 grant proposals and received a total of $408,071 in funding from the foundation's program.

The foundation's goal is to provide college faculty with the opportunity to strengthen engagement with students in the classroom and other educational settings.

The foundation funds faculty professional development in teaching, including new course development; sabbatical leave support that directly impacts classroom teaching; educational opportunities in the classroom and other learning environments through education excursions, visitors and guest lecturers; equipment for teaching; workshop, seminar or training registration fees; and payments to students for their work in collaborative research with faculty members.

The late Frank Moore and his wife, Grace, who was designated an honorary alumna of Central in 2001, have been long-term generous benefactors to the college. Frank Moore was the director of the human research area files at Yale University, where Grace Moore was a foreign language translation editor.

From 1979 to 1988, Frank Moore was a Central trustee. Together, the couple created two scholarships funded by their annuities, one endowed scholarship, two faculty awards and a chair in anthropology, in addition to ongoing gifts from the foundation.

"We're extremely grateful to the Moore Family Foundation for its generous funding of a variety of initiatives that support faculty development related to student learning," said Central’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty Mary E.M. Strey. "It is one of the many reasons Central can offer students such an exceptionally high-quality education."