The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere is pleased to announce its call for proposals for 2017-2018. These programs will be supported by the Robert and Margaret Rothman Endowment for the Humanities, the Humanities Fund, and the Tedder Endowed Research Award in the Humanities. The Center encourages proposal submissions from faculty (and, in relevant instances, graduate students and staff) from disciplines across the humanities at the University of Florida.
This grant program allows faculty and graduate students to expand the existing University of Florida library collections in areas in and related to the humanities that are currently underserved. Resources may include print, digital, or audio-visual media that enhance scholarly research and teaching in the humanities as well as related disciplines. Requests that address the needs of broader constituencies of the University beyond the immediate applicants are judged especially favorably. This year, the Center expects to be able to award several grants of $1,500-$5,000.
The Center has sponsored this program in conjunction with the University of Florida Honors Program to encourage faculty members in different departments and colleges to collaborate in the classroom. Faculty members will thereby have the opportunity to create innovative undergraduate interdisciplinary courses and graduate seminars in the humanities, many of which would be difficult or impossible for a single faculty member to teach independently. The inspiration for this project is the belief that establishing relationships between faculty in separate disciplines is a long-term undertaking. However, the intensive experience of co-teaching a course from different disciplinary perspectives will create new synergies in the classroom and encourage faculty members from across the university to find new possibilities for connectivity and potential collaborative research or creative projects in and related to the humanities. The Center plans to fund two team-taught courses in 2017-2018, including course development funds of $1,500 to each faculty instructor.
The Center for the Humanities & the Public Sphere, with the support of the Tedder Family Endowed Research Award in the Humanities, is continuing for a seventh year its competition for UF doctoral candidates working on humanities topics who have passed their qualifying exams by the application deadline. This fellowship may be used to cover research expenses, including travel, related to their dissertation project. (Travel exclusively for conferences is not included.) Work on projects with interdisciplinary appeal is particularly encouraged. The Center expects to be able to fund four awards of $2,000 each this year.
In order to support some of the best and most exciting work taking place within the humanities and to build bridges between the humanities and related fields, the Center sponsors collaborative exchanges between faculty and students by supporting workshops and speaker series that promote interdisciplinary themes and highlight faculty and graduate student achievements. Organizers will use funds to invite innovative faculty from outside the University to participate in these collaborations with resident faculty, staff, students, and members of the wider community. These events will be held during the 2017-2018 academic year.
With the objective of supporting faculty to advance their careers, the Center will once again offer fellowships to UF faculty in the humanities in summer 2016. These grants will allow recipients to make significant progress on existing creative/research projects, as well as engage in significant professional development or develop a new collaborative project (including writing a collaborative grant proposal). Grant funds may also be used to support the use of UF's HiPerGator supercomputing facilities or other campus resources, but not for curriculum development. The competition for Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowships in the Humanities will be open to faculty of all ranks, including visiting faculty. The Center expects to be able to fund four or five awards of $1,500-$3,000 in 2017.
In order to encourage and enhance collaborations between the University of Florida and off-campus individuals, groups, and institutions, the Center will offer grants up to $3,000 to support public programs rooted in one or more of the humanities disciplines. The Center intends to foster, support, and publicize humanities initiatives that engage the public in thoughtful and informed dialogues outside of the UF campus between May 1, 2016 and May 1, 2017. These programs will draw on the human expertise of both UF and community partners as co-applicants to this program.
The documents above describe these programs in greater detail and list application procedures. Any queries about these initiatives may be sent to Rothman Chair and Director, Dr. Barbara Mennel, at mennel (at) ufl.edu. Completed proposals should submitted through online submission.
In recognition of the growing need for humanities publication support, the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (CHPS) plans to spend up to $10,000 per annum from the Robert and Margaret Rothman Endowment to fund a program for UF faculty publishing research in the humanities. In the case of subvention requests from CLAS faculty, it will do so with support from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (which will match up to $5,000 in funding per annum). Faculty in the College of the Arts will be directed to apply for a $1000 College of the Arts Research Funding award, available three times yearly, overseen by the COTA Research Committee, after which their applications will be forwarded to CHPS for supplementary funding. Faculty in the College of Design, Construction and Planning will be able to apply for half of the amounts listed.
Center for the Humanities
and the Public Sphere
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
200 Walker Hall
P.O. Box 118030
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611