Examples of Final Reports

Final reports are valuable pieces of information that explain how alumni and taxpayer dollars were spent. These reports are read by laymen, state representatives, businessmen, etc. as well as by Shippensgburg faculty and administrators. Please keep these audiences in mind when you write your final report. Below is an exceptional final report.


TITLE OF PROJECT: Women of the South and Their Struggle with Time
DATES OF PROJECT: May-August 1998
CHECK ONE: x Small Grant

1. Please describe the activities you performed or participated in the completion of this project:

During three weeks in early summer, May 20-June 7, I traveled from Shippensburg University to the University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi. After arriving in Oxford, where I interviewed two former classmates of mine at the University of Mississippi, I then traveled over 600 miles throughout the state to interview six other classmates in Vicksburg, Port Gibson, Bovina, and Natchez. In Natchez, I was also able to attend a conference on "Literature and the Land," where Dr. Peggy Prenshaw gave an informative lecture on Southern Women’s autobiographies.

Upon my return to Shippensburg University, I asked Andrea Billick, a senior, to be my assistant transcribing these tapes. She is doing an excellent job. We are both delighted with the insights gained from these interviews.

I will be returning to Mississippi in Mid-August to resume my interviewing of other classmates throughout the state.

2. How did these activities contribute to your professional growth?

Since I plan to be teaching in women’s studies and ethnic studies, as well as interdisciplinary courses, I gained a new appreciation for the struggles of women, especially Southern women of the Fifties. I realized how racialized and gendered images of these women have indeed continued to affect the ways in which they perceive themselves today. By studying their oral histories, I am beginning to understand on a personal level the social and cultural repercussions of a changing time. These insights will help me to teach and to write more insightfully.

3. How did this project contribute to the University, your college, your department, and your students’ classroom experience?

After completing only this small part of my project, I already realize the great difficulty women have had in adjusting to changing times. My realization has helped me in that it has given me a renewed understanding and indeed sympathy for the enormous adjustments women have had to make in the last decades. Consequently, as I teach, I will have a greater understanding for women in history and women in literature. One unexpected plus I feel that I have gained with my project is an increased ability to understand and to help our nontraditional students.

Also, this summer project has given me a jump start on the work that I’ll be resuming in mid-August. At that time, I plan to return to Mississippi and continue interviewing, analyzing, and writing. I am deeply grateful to members of the professional development committee for their encouragement and support.



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