March 21, 2012

CDL Mentor Himanee Gupta-Carlson Receives Research Fellowship from Wabash Center

Dr. Himanee Gupta-Carlson, at left, faculty mentor and area coordinator of historical studies at the Center for Distance Learning, has been awarded a summer research fellowship from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Religion and Theology to complete her book manuscript “Muncie, India(na).” The $5,000 fellowship will enable Gupta-Carlson to finalize the manuscript and circulate it to publishers.

“Muncie, India(na)” is a history of South Asian Americans in Muncie, Gupta-Carlson’s hometown, which was the site for a famous community study published by Robert S. Lynd and Helen Merrell Lynd’s in “Middletown” (1929) and “Middletown in Transition”(1937). The “Middletown” texts established Muncie as a representation of “typical America” and set the stage for several subsequent studies. These studies, however, failed to account for the racial, ethnic and religious diversity that has always characterized the United States. Gupta-Carlson hopes to help correct that distortion with her work.

Gupta-Carlson became eligible to apply for the fellowship after participating in the 2011-12 Teaching and Learning Workshop for Pre-Tenure Asian and Asian American Religion and Theology Faculty. Workshop participants met in July 2011 in Crawfordsville, Ind. and in January 2012 in Corpus Christie, Texas, and will meet again in June 2012 in Crawfordsville to explore issues related to the tenure and promotion of Asians and Asian Americans at teaching institutions in the U.S. Topics explored included teaching philosophies and practices, curriculum development, creation of professional networks outside one’s institution and development of a scholarly agenda. As part of her participation, Gupta-Carlson has shared teaching strategies in the online environment, demonstrated use of the Web 2.0 program and developed a teaching metaphor that she later revised for her essay “Dancing with ‘Everyone’ Watching” for All About Mentoring (Issue 40, Winter 2011).

“Completing this manuscript and putting it into circulation among publishers will give me immense satisfaction,” Gupta-Carlson said. “It will allow me to complete a project I have pursued for a decade.”





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