Humanities Research Opportunities

Bank of America Eminent Scholar Chair In Humanities: Tenured humanities faculty, as well as tenure-track and senior teaching fellows that  have a tenured sponsor, 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 faculty who is awarded the Bank of America Eminent Scholar Chair receives release time and/or stipend. The chair's primary responsibilities revolve around designing, planning, and leading the University Club of Orlando Foundation Humanities Institute. This is a multi-day, graduate-level, seminar series for Valencia faculty who teach courses for humanities credit (area 2 of general education). It is held over the course of each fiscal year of April 1st-March 31st. Previous institutes consisted of seminars focused on the culture and history of many countries, such as India, Russia, Cuba, Argentina, as well as selected topics. The ten most recent institutes also included travel excursions to the countries/regions of study.
To begin planning this institute, applicants for the position of chair must find a nationally known scholar in the field of the proposed study and create a proposal to be considered by the committee. This scholar will serve as the primary consultant for the planning, design and organization of the summer institute. If the proposal is selected, the scholar, chair, budget manager, and faculty liaison collaborate over the design, plan and logistical organization of the institute. The annual term of the chair is from April until March 31st. Seminars and travel, as a result, occur through the Summer B term and August break, or through the Fall term and winter break.
The call for applications to serve as chair is announced every Fall semester. The topic of study is announced early in the Spring semester, along with a call for participant applications. 

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

First Union Bank National Bank of Florida and Chesley 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

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. Funds can also aid a faculty member while attending a foreign university summer program.
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 the three Humanities deans, faculty co-chair/liaison of the committee, Eric Wallman, and the previous year’s institute leader(s) 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
  • an efficient and well-justified budget that clearly connects to the intentions of the proposal
  • 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.