Engaged Humanities Mellon Grant

Please review these exciting opportunities in the Engaged Humanities provided by a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant aims to advance work in the engaged humanities across the university and builds especially on ongoing faculty interest in cross-disciplinary collaboration, digital scholarship, and partnerships between the WFU Reynolda campus, historic Reynolda, WFU at the Innovation Quarter, and our surrounding community in Winston-Salem and beyond.

Engaged Humanities at Wake Forest University: Opportunities for Faculty

Funded by a Major Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, July 2016-June 2020

  • New Staff in Digital Humanities (ZSR Library). Grant funding is partially supporting ZSR staff who will help meet increasing faculty demand for assistance with the design of new digital humanities projects and web development.
    • Digital Humanities Research Designer. Carrie Johnston (Ph.D. in English and American Literature) will collaborate with humanities faculty and library colleagues to expand modes of humanistic research through emerging and existing technologies and design thinking. In providing research project support and conducting workshops on the use of various tools, she will translate and share ideas and concepts effectively across diverse interdisciplinary audiences.
  • Engaged Humanities (EH) Course Planning and Implementation Grants (College). These competitive grants provide new opportunities for cross-disciplinary faculty to team-teach engaged humanities courses in the curriculum, particularly those that facilitate course-based research addressing problems or challenges facing the Winston-Salem community or our region, and which have the potential to be taught more than once.
    • Grants will support up to four pairs of cross-disciplinary faculty (including partnerships with Wake Forest’s law, medical, and divinity schools) planning to design and offer team-taught courses, linked courses or co-taught sequential courses that will engage students in public humanities and emphasize collaborative research or creative work.
      • Two grants will be awarded in project years two and three (two teams of two faculty members each, per year) at $4,000 per faculty (a total of eight participating faculty).
      • Each of the four EH teams will also receive $3,000 in research funds to support the implementation of class-based research.
      • Although planning will not typically include a course release, proposals may request up to one course release per faculty team.
    • Call for Proposals 2017: Course Planning Grants cover Summer 2018 and Course Implementation Grants cover Fall 2018 and/or Spring 2019, and/or possibly Summer 2019, according to each faculty team’s teaching plans.
  • Humanities Matters Summer Course Planning Grants (Humanities Institute). Funds up to three summer course planning grants of $2000 each, beginning Summer 2016, for faculty who will also seek course implementation support through the Humanities Institute’s Winston-Salem Partners in the Humanities or Humanities Matters These grants are for single humanities courses that emphasize faculty-student collaboration on public humanities projects and/or problem-focused humanities research. The next Call for Proposals will be issued in Spring 2018.
  • Reynolda Conferences (Reynolda House). The Reynolda Conference competitive grant offers faculty $20,000 to hold a three-to-five day seminar on a humanities topic of their choice. The grant award supports travel, lodging, and stipends for invited scholars of the conference planner’s choosing, as well as stipends for participating WFU and Triad area scholars. The conference topic is open, and it is expected that faculty will propose topics based on their ongoing or developing research agenda. Faculty should foreground the publicly relevant (engaged) dimensions of their chosen topic. The Reynolda Conference is so-named after an early twentieth century series of publicly engaged, salon-style lectures and symposia presented at Reynolda House by Katharine Smith Reynolds. In this new iteration, scholars will convene in a seminar-format, largely conferring among themselves, in the service of their own research and scholarship. Conference organizers may use campus facilities, or Reynolda House’s education rooms and facilities. During the seminar week, the conference will include one public event, such as a keynote lecture or panel discussion, keyed to the research topic and accessible to a more general audience.Examples of possible humanities topics include, but are not limited to: the humanities and engaged citizenship; public memory and trauma; the history of gender and power in the public square; literature and peace-making; religious pluralism and community development; humanities and the environment; cultural humanities and social justice; race and community; art and social crisis; labor and civic reinvention.
    • Competitive funding of $20,000 each for two faculty-led seminars in the spring/summer of 2019 and 2020 (one seminar per year) will cover the cost of hosting local, national and international participants for each weeklong seminar. Each seminar will feature an event (panel discussion, lecture, etc.) that will be open to the public.
    • Click here for the Call for Proposals for Spring/Summer 2020 conference.
  • Symposium on the Engaged Humanities for the Common Good (College). Planning for this Fall 2018 symposium will be convened by the College and Humanities Institute, and will invite the participation of programs across the university. The conference will bring to campus leading voices in the public humanities and showcase faculty-student engaged humanities research at Wake Forest. It will highlight national work in the public humanities, examples of locally engaged research and creative work that WFU faculty and students are generating, and the connections between such work and our community’s history. It will provide the university the opportunity to assess past work and help chart the course for continued curricular development.
  • Reynolda Fellowship (Reynolda House and College): A research and teaching fellowship shared between Reynolda House Museum of American Art and our main WFU campus will fulfill ongoing scholarship needs that enrich the interpretation of historic Reynolda, including its relationship to the Reynolds family’s multi-faceted legacy, its impact on Winston-Salem, and its contemporary connectivity to student learning at Wake Forest. The Reynolda Fellow’s teaching responsibilities in the College will dovetail with emerging public-humanities initiatives, while research efforts will draw on the archival resources of the estate, in essence stitching back together the key founding components of this historic place.The Fellowship coincides with a current effort, on the occasion of the historic Reynolda estate’s centennial (2017), to interpret with greater depth the function of Reynolda as a community, both a century ago and today. It will allow a visiting scholar, possibly at the senior level, to engage with the Museum’s nationally known art collection, as well as the complex and transformational history of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and the Reynolda estate. The Museum’s archival collections offer scholars singular opportunities to research race relations, gender roles, education, civic responsibility, as well as food production and healthfulness, in the context of the American South, for the benefit of public audiences and students. The Fellowship will be posted in Summer 2017 for AY 2018-2019.
  • Narrative Medicine: The Story, Health and Healing Initiative (Humanities Institute). Funding for interdisciplinary faculty training and development in narrative medicine supported a Fall 2016 conference and capacity-building workshops held during the grant period. Interested faculty should contact Humanities Institute Assistant Director, Aimee Mepham, for more information.