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Directorship of the 2018 Fall Faculty Colloquium

Deadline: Friday, December 8, 2017 11:59pm


The Hall Center sponsors a colloquium each year that is designed to enliven the intellectual atmosphere of the University of Kansas and contribute to the scholarly growth of KU humanities researchers.  The colloquium director determines the theme, provides intellectual leadership and guidance, acts as coordinator, and facilitates feedback to participants on the work they present.



A one-course teaching load reduction, as negotiated with the department, allows the director to organize and conduct the faculty colloquium. Seven KU faculty members and one KU graduate student are selected to participate in a separate competition, which takes place in the spring semester following selection of the colloquium director.  Each colloquium participant presents a work in progress, including the director and the graduate student. The director may request funding up to $1,000 to bring a visiting speaker to present at the colloquium.

NOTE:  Applications from two faculty members who wish to serve as co-directors are encouraged. In the event that co-directors are chosen, the director of the Hall Center will determine the nature of the award and number of participants.



Eligible applicants will:

1. Hold a tenure track faculty appointment at the University of Kansas (includes tenured faculty in phased retirement).



Colloquium Directors are required to:

1. Assist with the recruitment of colloquium applicants, both faculty and graduate student;

2. Organize and chair the colloquium meetings;

3. If a request is made to fund a visiting speaker, provide a simple budget itemizing expenses to be incurred;

4. Ensure that all reimbursements for a visiting speaker are submitted within 90 days of the date the expense was incurred and no later than March 31 following the completion of the colloquium; and

5. Submit a brief report detailing both individual and group outcomes of the colloquium, within 60 days following the completion of the colloquium.



All application materials must be submitted through the Hall Center Competitions Portal.  Paper submissions will not be accepted.  For an application to be verified as complete, and thus forwarded for committee review, applicants must:

1. Create an account or log in to an existing account.

2. Select the Apply Now button next to this competition. 

3. Complete the Applicant Information form in the Portal.  In addition to basic biographical information, you will be asked to indicate a list of faculty (and graduate students, if known) who may be potential participants in the Colloquium.  This will not be taken to imply that these individuals have committed to applying for the Colloquium, and the applicant is not expected to confirm their willingness to do so.

4. Upload the following materials as 3 separate PDF or Word files:

a. Curriculum Vitae (not to exceed 2 pages) that includes:

* Record of applicant's education, including the dates when degrees were awarded;

* Record of applicant's employment;

* List of applicant's publications, including page numbers for journal articles and book chapters; and

* List of applicant's awards and grants received during the last five years.

b. Project Description not to exceed six double-spaced pages, with one-inch margins and twelve-point type. Endnotes are included in the page limitations. The narrative should indicate how the colloquium topic will appeal to scholars across disciplines, and its potential contribution to the pertinent disciplines and to the humanities generally.  The applicant should also identify at least one tangible outcome that they intend to pursue as part of the colloquium  (e.g., NEH summer seminar or institute application; joint publication; public forum; mini-conference).

c. One-page bibliography, single-spaced with a space between each entry with one-inch margins and twelve-point type.

No extraneous materials will be considered.



A committee appointed by the Hall Center Director selects the Faculty Colloquium Director(s) according to the following criteria:

1. Academic credentials of the Director;

2. Merit and scope of the proposed colloquium and its appeal to a variety of faculty across disciplines;

3. Quality of the conception, organization and description of the proposed colloquium; and

4. Significance of the proposed outcome(s) and the contribution that the proposed colloquium will make to thought and knowledge in the pertinent genre, tradition or field and to the humanities generally.



An interdisciplinary panel of KU faculty with successful grant and publishing track records selects awardees.  The Hall Center Director brings together a unique panel for each competition.  Reviewers are asked to read the applications and enter their comments and rankings for each applicant in the online portal. Reviewers then meet to discuss individual applications and determine awardees.  Comments are made available to all applicants via the online portal.  While these reflect only an individual reviewer's comments and not the final consensus of the group, they are offered to applicants as input that may help improve their applications for future competitions.  



Applicants should direct all questions about the Directorship of the Fall Faculty Colloquium to Hall Center Interim Director Clarence Lang (4-3054; celang@ku.edu) or to Interim Associate Director Sarah Bishop (4-7823; sarahbishop@ku.edu). 

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