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Society for the Humanities Faculty Fellowships 2018-2019

The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University seeks interdisciplinary research projects for residencies that reflect on the philosophical, aesthetic, political, legal, ecological, religious, and cultural understandings of AUTHORITY. Selected Fellows will collaborate with the Taylor Family Director of the Society for the Humanities, Paul Fleming, Professor of Comparative Literature and German Studies. The Invited Society Scholars will be Prasenjit Duara, Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies at Duke University, Bonnie Honig, Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Political Science at Brown University, and Holly Hughes, Professor of Theatre and Drama at University of Michigan.

Four full year Faculty Fellowships are awarded to Cornell faculty each year by our Board of External Advisors. Fellows' appointments are subject to the consent of their department chair and the approval of the Dean. Applicants must be in at least their second year of tenure-track employment in order to apply for a Faculty Fellowship. Tradition has restricted fellowships to professors in humanities departments of the College of Arts and Sciences, though faculty members holding regular appointments elsewhere in the university are welcome to apply if their work is closely related to the year's theme and if their Dean is willing to provide their salary during their appointment at the Society.

Faculty Fellows receive leaves of absence from their departments, but not from Cornell; the College of Arts and Sciences allows the time spent as a Faculty Fellow to count in computing regular sabbatic leave. A Faculty Fellow is paid through his or her department the salary he or she would have received, plus Cornell's contribution to fringe benefits. (Applicants should inform their department chair of their intention to apply and receive a brief letter of support committing to prior release from teaching and advising. Where necessary, departments negotiate with the Dean for funds to help provide replacement teaching.) Office space and administrative support in matters related to the Fellow's research are provided in the A. D. White House.

Faculty Fellows are released from, and are expected to decline, the usual departmental, college, or university obligations. An exception is normally made for supervision of graduate student research in cases where an interruption would be detrimental to the student. Fellows are expected to spend most of their time in research and writing, but they offer a weekly seminar during one semester of their residency on a topic related to their research and in keeping with the Society's focal theme. We prefer that these seminars be somewhat experimental and interdisciplinary -- in any case, not what you normally offer to satisfy established curricular requirements of your department.

 

Application Procedures

Please email the following application materials to ple29@cornell.edu by OCTOBER 31, 2017. Please email materials in a single PDF in the order listed below with the subject line “FACULTY FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION - Last Name”. Note especially item 5.

1. Curriculum Vitae

2. List of the leaves and fellowships you have held in the past three years (including study leave)

3. From the Department Chair, a brief letter of support committing to prior release from teaching and advising upon receipt of a fellowship.

4. A one-page abstract describing the research project the applicant would like to pursue during the term of the fellowship (no more than 300 words)

5. A detailed statement of the research project (1,000 – 2,000 words). Applicants may also include a one-page bibliography of the most essential materials to the project

6. A course proposal for a seminar related to the applicant’s research. Seminars meet two hours per week for one semester and enrollment is limited to fifteen advanced undergraduates and graduate students. The course proposal should consist of:

a. A brief course description suitable for the University course catalog (50 - 125 words)
b. A detailed course proposal (up to 300 words)
c. A list of the essential texts for the course

7. No more than three of your articles.

8. The names of three referees who will supply letters. One of the referees should be a colleague at Cornell; the other two, scholars at other institutions. Please inform your referees of our focal theme, your proposed plans for teaching and research, and ask them to send their letters either electronically or by post by October 31st.

We must stress the importance of our being able to supply all these materials to the External Advisory Board; it should be obvious that letters from distinguished referees at other institutions are extremely important. We might add that the Board generally gives special weight to candidates' descriptions of their proposed research and the contribution it might make to our understanding of the year's theme.

We hope you will consider becoming a candidate. If you would like to apply, please send the above materials by OCTOBER 31, 2017. We shall announce the results of the election of the Faculty Fellows after the meeting of the External Advisory Board in December.