Faculty Development Seminars
Call for Proposals (Lead Faculty)

Call for Proposals: Lead Faculty for 2017-2018 Seminars

The Center for the Humanities and the Institute for Research in the Humanities jointly sponsor and administer the Faculty Development Seminars in the Humanities, which enable an individual tenured faculty member or a team of two tenured faculty members to lead a seminar on a topic of broad interest across the humanities. The seminar leaders receive a one-course release for directing a seminar of other faculty members who meet ten times during a semester in two-hour sessions. Their department will receive funds for a replacement lecturer.

The seminar should be broadly conceived and of potential interest to a large number of fields in the humanities and related social sciences. Some recent topics include LGBTQ StudiesUnderstanding Persecution; Global Health; Representing Animals; and Environmental Studies in the Time of the Anthropocene. The full list of past seminars and faculty leaders can be found here.

In December of each academic year, two proposals will be chosen, one for fall and one for spring semester of the coming year. One of these seminars will be led by an individual faculty member; the other seminar may be team taught by two faculty members from different departments in the humanities (both faculty members will receive a one-course release and their departments will receive funds for replacement lecturers). The Faculty Development Seminar program provides research funds of $500 to ten faculty members to participate in each seminar.

Proposals by lead faculty for the 2017-2018 Faculty Development Seminars should include the following items compiled in the below order into a single PDF:

1) one-page proposal for the seminar

2) one-page preliminary syllabus for the ten weeks (the proposed format or weekly topic, sample readings)

3) curriculum vitae

Please send via email attachment to fds@humanities.wisc.edu by 5:00 PM on Thursday, December 1. Please include the phrase “Faculty Development Seminar Proposal” in the subject line.

If you have questions please contact:
Susan Friedman, Director, Institute for Research in the Humanities (ssfriedm@wisc.edu), or
Sara Guyer, Director, Center for the Humanities (guyer@wisc.edu)

This initiative is funded by the Office of the Dean of the College of Letters & Science, the Center for the Humanities, and the Institute for Research in the Humanities.