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Faculty Fellowship Opportunities

The RPW Center offers a residential, one-year interdisciplinary faculty seminar fellowship related to that year’s keyword theme.

2022-23 Theme: “Mending and Transforming”

Application deadline: February 1, 2022

The Topic

MENDING AND TRANSFORMING. The past two years have generated new forms of trauma and exacerbated transgenerational forms of suffering and precarity—locally, nationally, and globally. The theme of MENDING AND TRANSFORMING asks how we might work collectively to acknowledge and reckon with such pain and vulnerability, undo interwoven structures of oppression, and create new ways of being together in the world. How might humanistic scholarship amend the terms through which such conditions have been created and work toward mending tears to the social fabric that are new and old, recent, and longstanding?

The Program

Fellows will convene on a regular basis to discuss works-in-progress. The schedule and nature of the meetings will be established collectively by the Fellows, in consultation with the Center Director. At the end of the appointment, Fellows will be expected to have completed a significant research project (such as an article, book chapter, or, for more advanced projects, a book manuscript), a creative/artistic project, a scholarly public engagement project, or a high-impact teaching initiative. Each Fellow will also give a public talk or organize a public event related to their work.

Who Can Apply

Faculty from all ranks in Arts & Science, Blair, Peabody, and Divinity are invited to apply. Tenured and tenure-track faculty in A&S are eligible for a 1-1 course release; non-tenure-track faculty are eligible for a one-course reduction. Faculty from other schools are encouraged to consult with their dean.

*Note: This is a residential fellowship. All Fellows, including those on leave, are expected to participate fully, in person, in the collaborative work and scheduled meetings of the group.

To Apply

Applicants should include the following in their materials (1250 words maximum, excluding CV):   

  1. Project description, its relevance to the fellowship theme, the specific work to be completed over the course of the fellowship, and its significance to the research and teaching mission of the university.  Note: Non-tenure-track projects should emphasize the ways in which their engagement in the program will support their teaching. 
  2. Statement on how the applicant’s work would benefit directly from collaborative, interdisciplinary engagement with other colleagues, along with evidence of previous, effective collaborative work (at the RPW Center or elsewhere). 
  3. A shortened version of their curriculum vitae (5 pages maximum).  

All materials will be reviewed by the RPWC Director and the center’s Faculty Advisory Committee, and will be forwarded to the relevant dean of the applicant’s school (A&S, Blair, Peabody, and Divinity). Fellowships may be held only once every four years.    

Send all application materials as a single PDF with “Faculty Fellowship” in the subject line to Phoebe Thompson by February 1, 2022.      

For all questions, please contact Holly Tucker, Director, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities.