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Humanities Research Opportunities

Bank of America Eminent Scholar Chair In Humanities: Any tenured or tenure-track, humanities faculty member may apply to lead the yearly National Endowment for the Humanities Institute. Any faculty member who teaches courses in Area-2 of the Gen-Ed Humanities requirements, regardless of contract status, may apply to participate.

See a list of Area-2 Courses here: General Education and Course Requirements < Valencia College

The Bank of America Eminent Scholar Chair in Humanities is a one-year award provided for under Valencia's NEH Challenge Grant. The professor who is awarded the Bank of America Eminent Scholar Chair receives release time and stipend. The chair's primary responsibilities revolve around designing, planning, and leading the University Club of Orlando Foundation Humanities Institute. This may be a ten-day institute for advanced study for Valencia faculty who teach courses for humanities credit (area 2 of general education) and will be held over the course of one calendar year. Previous institutes have consisted of seminar series on Chinese, Russian, Cuban, Spanish, Peruvian, and Argentinean culture and history, and many of these institutes(funds allowing) included travel excursions to these countries as well.
To begin planning this institute, the chair will assist in the selection of a nationally known scholar in the field of the topic who will be the primary consultant for the planning, design and organization of the summer institute. Releases from regular teaching duties will give the chair time to prepare him/herself to lead the institute and to plan, design, and organize it. The chair will also receive funds for local travel, as well as for educational materials for the institute, as provided for by the grant. The annual term of the chair is from January 1 until December 31.
The call for applications to serve as chair is usually announced every Fall semester. An announcement of the topic of the Institute, as well as a call for applications to participate usually occurs early, every Spring semester.

For more questions regarding the Institute contact: ewallman@valenciacollege.edu

First Union Bank National Bank of Florida and Chelsey G. Magruder Foundation Fellowships: Any Valencia College instructor, regardless of contract status, that teaches courses in Area-2 of the Gen-Ed Humanities requirements may apply for funding.

Amount: between $500 and $6,000 each

Eligibility: Valencia faculty, either full-time or adjunct, who teach courses in Area 2: Humanities

See a list of Area-2 Courses here: General Education and Course Requirements < Valencia College

Purpose: To provide opportunities for faculty to design a program of study for themselves in a humanities discipline and to conduct primary research which will contribute to cultural diversity in the humanities curriculum at Valencia.
The call for applications is announced simultaneously with the call for applications to participate in the annual NEH Institute.

For more questions regarding Humanities fellowships contact: ewallman@valenciacollege.edu

Selections Committee

A standing committee consisting of budget manager, David O. Sutton, Humanities deans from each campus, faculty co-chair of the committee, Eric Wallman, and the previous year’s institute leader selects participants for the annual NEH Institute as well as recipients of fellowship funds. If for some reason a dean or committee member cannot participate in the selections process, they will nominate a tenure or tenure-track faculty member that has participated and/or led an institute in the past to vote as proxy. If the faculty co-chair or previous year’s institute chair is applying to lead the institute, they will abstain from voting.

The selections committee takes a number of factors into consideration when making selections. Selection is based on the following:

  • quality of and intentions expressed in one’s application
  • previous participation. First time applicants with strong applications will take priority over previous institute participants with strong applications
  • relevance of one’s proposal of study during Institute participation or fellowship research
  • service to the division and the college
  • collegiality, misbehavior on past travel excursions and/or breach of participation contract
  • one’s use of former NEH Institute experiences or fellowship funds and the quality of their work
  • the fulfillment of previous obligations as a participant of former institutes/fellowships
  • overall effort and presentation of application

National Endowment for the Humanities Institute Participation Agreement - If selected for participation in this program you must print and sign this agreement.