Whiting Public Engagement Programs

To: Departmental Executive Officers
From: Roland Racevskis, Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities
RE: Whiting Public Engagement Programs

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Please take note of a recent invitation from the Whiting Foundation. This initiative is a testament to the reputation University of Iowa humanities faculty members have gained nationally both for the impact of their scholarship and their experiments with innovative ways of sharing their work with broader audiences. We would be delighted to see one of our faculty receive this prestigious fellowship or seed grant.

The University of Iowa has been invited to nominate up to two humanities professors for the prestigious Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship and the Public Engagement Seed Grant programs for 2021-22. These programs are intended to celebrate and empower early-career humanities faculty who embrace public engagement as part of their scholarly vocation. The foundation hopes to support humanists who are expert in many different fields and a set of public-facing projects that use a variety of approaches, media, and methods.

To be eligible for either program, nominees must be full-time humanities faculty at an accredited US institution of higher learning as of September 2020; they must be early-career, which we define as pre-tenure, untenured, or have received tenure in the last five years (at or after the end of academic year 2014-15). This timing refers to the professor's first receipt of tenure, even if it occurred at a different institution. Full-time adjunct faculty at an equivalent career stage are eligible.

Prospective applicants are strongly recommended to explore the kinds of projects that have been successful in the past: previous fellows / seed grantees.

The internal deadline for the program is Tuesday, March 10.  Additional information and instructions for submission to this two-step internal review process are available at https://uiowa.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1806733.