Visiting Regional Humanities Faculty Program

Deadline: Monday, October 24, 2016 by 5pm

The Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas is accepting applications for a second round of the Visiting Regional Humanities Faculty program. This program is open to faculty who hold full-time appointments at universities, community colleges, and liberal arts/private colleges in the state of Kansas or the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Awards will provide support for a short-term residency of 3-4 weeks at KU, either during the semester or the summer.

Visiting faculty will receive a stipend of $5,000 to cover travel, accommodation, and subsistence while in Lawrence.

The Hall Center for the Humanities is a Designated Research Center on the KU campus, dedicated to supporting scholarship in the humanities, arts, and humanistic social sciences. For decades, the center has hosted resident fellows, drawn from KU faculty, KU graduate students, and public scholars. In order to add to the  center’s resident fellows program, and to engage with scholars working in the region, the Hall Center is now seeking to host visiting regional faculty. Visiting faculty will receive an office in the Hall Center, access to the Hall Center’s Grant Development Office and the KU Center for Teaching Excellence, KU Library privileges, and the opportunity to interact with KU faculty in their fields of study. In return, visiting faculty should work on a project related to humanities scholarship, humanities teaching improvement, or a combination of both. Examples of projects are conference papers, publishable scholarly articles, substantial course revision, or development of a new course.

Eligible applicants for the Visiting Regional Humanities Faculty Program will meet all of the following criteria:
1. Be a full-time faculty member in a humanities or humanities-oriented social science field at a Kansas state or Kansas City metro area institution of higher education, such as a university, community college, private college/liberal arts college
2. Be able to work continuously at the Hall Center (weekdays) during a 3-4 week period during the spring or summer 2017 terms
3. Propose a humanities-oriented scholarly, teaching improvement, or hybrid project to be undertaken during the residency

Application Procedure:
Complete applications will consist of the following components:
1. A CV of no more than 2 pages that lists applicant’s academic record, record of employment, courses taught, and any major accomplishments (publications, awards, conference presentations, etc.)
2. A proposal of no more than 3 double-spaced pages addressing the following:
    a. Description of proposed humanities-oriented scholarly, teaching improvement, or hybrid project
    b. Significance of this project to the applicant’s career and to the applicant’s scholarly or teaching field in general
    c. Explanation of how specific resources at KU [library collections, faculty mentors, etc.] will assist with the project
    d. Timeline for completion of the project
3. One letter of reference from a senior administrator at the applicant’s institution (can be department chair, unit head, or dean/president) addressing the applicant’s credentials as a teacher and scholar and the potential of the applicant’s proposed project to benefit the applicant and the applicant’s institution

Applications may be submitted in paper or electronically. Electronic applications should be emailed to Paper applications may be hand/post delivered or mailed to:
    Hall Center for the Humanities
    900 Sunnyside Ave
    Lawrence, KS 66045

All applications must be received by 5pm on Monday, October 24, 2016.

Review Criteria:
A panel of humanities scholars will review applications based on the following criteria:
1. Quality of the conception of the applicant’s project
2. Project’s clear relation to the humanities
3. Project’s use of Hall Center and KU resources
4. Demonstrated commitment from applicant to see project through to completion
5. Potential impact of project on applicant’s career and teaching/research field in general

Questions about this program should be addressed to Sarah Bishop, Acting Associate Director (; 785-864-7823).

KU Resources:
Below are some examples of resources and offices that visiting regional faculty can make use of while in residence at the Hall Center. This list is not exhaustive. The Hall Center will facilitate access to any KU resources that a visiting faculty member needs.

          • Hall Center for the Humanities:

          • Humanities Grant Development Office:

          • Center for Teaching Excellence:

          • KU Libraries:

          • KU Libraries locations:

          • Kenneth Spencer Research Library:

          • KU Library databases:

          • KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:

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