New for 2021-2022: Faculty Workshop Seminars

In response to the impact of the pandemic on our faculty’s capacity for scholarship and writing, the Humanities Institute and the office of the Provost have collaborated to support a new program, the Faculty Workshop Seminar The workshop seminars are made possible with funding from the Office of the Provost, and will create an occasion for accountability, an audience for ongoing work, and a peer community to trouble-shoot the basic mechanics of humanities scholarship (e.g., writing a book proposal, tips for revision, working with theory).

The workshop seminars are intended to create scholarly community among faculty at any stage of project development. Groups will convene for one semester, and may apply for renewal for a second semester if they wish. Groups will meet and share work in progress a minimum of three times per semester, with each member responsible for presenting work at least once, and responsible for providing feedback to other members throughout the duration of the group. Each member will assess the efficacy of the working group with a written report on work accomplished along with plans for completing projects reviewed by the group.

Workshop seminars will be organized according to the Humanities Institute’s faculty seminar model. They should include between six and eight faculty, with faculty from at least two departments. The majority of faculty in the group should be from humanities departments or programs. Workshop seminars can be organized according to topic, stage-of-progress, or any other model that suits its members. Workshop seminars will be organized by a faculty convener, and it is up to the group to determine a schedule for presenting and workshopping their scholarship-in-progress. Each member of the working group will receive a stipend of $500 for the semester. In addition to the stipend, the seminar convener may apply for additional funding to cover fees associated with professional consultation (e.g., a press or developmental editor). For the fall, we expect to fund two workshop seminars.

Review of proposals begins August 15, 2021.

For more information, contact the Humanities Institute Director, Dean Franco at francodj@wfu.edu.

Click here for the proposal form.