Liberal Arts Research and Scholarly Work newsletter 6.23.20


Ajima Olaghere, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice


I always had an intuitive understanding of the structural, racial, and gender inequalities in the United States, and from a very young age. That intuitive sense became a drive to educate myself and actualize structural change the day I took a comparative social policy course during my junior year at the University of Bristol in England. The professor sought to make a point about the impact of neoliberal policies. He did this by projecting onto the projector screen, a picture of African American men in orange prison jumpsuits. Our instructions were simple: look at the image and listen to Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" in the background. I was the only black person in the lecture hall and I think, the only American. I am not alone in saying this, but in the picture the professor projected, I saw staring back at me: my brothers, my father, my nephew, and the many young black men I grew up with and know to this day. And yet, the major asterisk that was and is often overlooked, is the corresponding concern for African American women. That is what pushed me to become a criminologist: the entire system needs to change. My current research involves a systematic review and synthesis of literature on police decision-making and discretion, namely unpacking what factors inform proactive decision-making. The review seeks to examine what legal, social, crime-, and community-oriented factors activate police proactivity at the street level. The review also aims to unpack any relative motivations for proactive policing based on setting, years of experience, type of proactive behavior, and extra-legal factors. This work has been supported by the LAURA Scholars program for two consecutive semesters.

For more information about Dr. Olaghere's work, SEE BELOW. This webinar was held last week by CLA's CHAT and PPL entitled, Is this Time Different: Social Movement for Racial Justice.


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Faculty Early Career Development Program (NSF)

Deadline is 7.27.20

2021 NEH Summer Stipends

Internal Deadline is 9.16.20

Sponsor Deadline is 9.23.20

Applications are now being accepted for the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Summer Stipends program. NEH Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project (at any stage of development) for a period of two (2) consecutive months (typically summer). Successful applicants receive a stipend of $6,000.

The NEH Summer Stipends program application deadline is September 23, 2020 (on or before 11:59pm EST) for projects beginning May 2021.

Summer Stipends guidelines, application instructions, and eligibility criteria are available on the NEH Division of Research Programs website:

Applicants with a college/university affiliation must be nominated by their institutions. Institutions may nominate two faculty members per proposal period. Eligible faculty interested in applying for an NEH Summer Stipends program grant should also forward an electronic copy of their NEH Summer Stipends application package to Temple University’s NEH nominating official, Kevin Delaney, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs ( for consideration no later than September 16, 2020.

Complete NEH Summer Stipends Program application packages must be submitted by the applicant via the website. If you have questions or encounter trouble with the system, please contact a member of the Summer Stipends program staff at or 202-606-8200.



Nora Newcombe (Psychology) has received funding from the National Science Foundation for Collaborative Research: Paving the Way for Fractions: Identifying Foundational Concepts in First Grade.

For the project entitled, Evaluating Public Spaces, Hamil Pearsall (GUS) has been awarded a grant from the William Penn Foundation.




*Please note that our office is closed July 3rd, 2020*

CLA's Research Office is busier than ever assisting with grant application submissions. July always proves to be one of our busiest months and we anticipate nothing different during this time. Please contact the research team as soon as you know you will be submitting a grant application or need assistance with a continuation or no cost extension. Thank you!

NIH LATE APPLICATION POLICY Due to Public Health Emergency for United States for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In a recently released NOT-OD-20-082, NIH details a temporary policy on late proposal submissions. Any faculty who intend to submit to NIH in the coming months are encouraged to review this notice.

NSF Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support Formats

Required beginning October 1, 2020.

NSF has announced the availability of formats for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of proposals that fall under the revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide. Although use of an NSF-approved format for submission of these proposal sections is not required until implementation of the revised PAPPG (NSF 20-1) on October 1, 2020, NSF is encouraging proposers to begin using the NSF-approved formats now.


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