Friday, January 29, 2010

Workshops - NEH for Community College Faculty

Workshops for Community College Faculty
Summer 2010


Applications due March 2

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making
agency of the federal government. The following opportunities are
available for community college educators to engage in intensive study and
discussion of important topics in American history and culture.


Landmarks of American Democracy: From Freedom Summer to the Memphis
Sanitation Workers' Strike
Jackson, Miss., and Memphis, Tenn.
July 11–17 or July 18–24, 2010
Locations: Jackson, Miss.; Memphis, Tenn.; the Delta

As part of the NEH’s We the People program, we offer the following
Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for Community College
Faculty. These one-week programs will give participants direct experiences
in the interpretation of significant historical and cultural sites and the
use of archival and other primary evidence. Landmarks Workshops present
the best scholarship on a specific landmark or related cluster of
landmarks, enabling participants to gain a sense of the importance of
historical places, to make connections between what they learn in the
Workshop and what they teach, to advance their own scholarship, and to
develop enhanced teaching materials. Faculty selected to participate will
receive a stipend of $1,200. Stipends help cover living expenses, books,
and travel expenses to and from the Workshop location.

These projects are designed for faculty members at American community
colleges. Adjunct and part-time lecturers as well as full-time faculty are
eligible to apply. Other community college staff, including, librarians
and administrators, are eligible to compete, provided they can advance the
teaching and/or research goals of the workshop. An applicant need not have
an advanced degree in order to qualify. Applicants must be United States
citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have
been residing in the United States or its territories for at least the
three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Foreign
nationals teaching abroad at non-U.S. chartered institutions are not
eligible to apply.

Applicants must complete the NEH application and provide all of the
information requested to be considered eligible. An individual may apply
to up to three NEH summer projects in any one year (Landmarks Workshops,
Seminars, or Institutes), but may participate in only one. Please note
that eligibility criteria differ significantly between the Landmarks
Workshops and the Seminars and Institutes Programs.

The application packet should contain a letter from the project director
describing in detail the content of the Workshop, the institutional
setting, what is expected of participants, and specific provisions for
lodging and subsistence. In some cases, directors have websites for their
projects and the information letter may be downloaded from their website.
All application materials must be sent to the project director at the
address listed on the program poster. Application materials and reference
letters sent to the Endowment will not be processed. Please indicate on
the application cover sheet your first and second choices of Workshop
dates. A completed application consists of three copies of the following
collated items:
- the completed application cover sheet (filled out online at this
address: - and printed
out to add to your application package)
- a résumé or C.V. detailing your educational qualifications and
professional experience,
- an application essay (one to two double-spaced pages) addressing your
professional background; your interest in the subject of the Workshop;
your special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to
the Workshop; and how the experience would enhance your teaching and/or
- a letter of recommendation from your department chair/division head or
another professional reference. It is helpful for referees to read a copy
of the description of the project sent by the director and the application
essay. Please ask your referee to sign his/her name across the seal on the
back of the envelope containing the letter, and enclose the letter with
your application.

Completed applications should be submitted to the project director and
should be postmarked no later than March 2, 2010. Successful applicants
will be notified of their selection by April 2, 2010, and they will have
until April 9, 2010 to accept or decline the offer. Applicants who will
not be home during the notification period should provide an address and
phone number where they can be reached. Please direct all questions
concerning individual Landmarks Workshops as well as all requests for
application materials to the appropriate director(s). General questions
concerning NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture programs may be
directed to the NEH Division of Education Programs (202/606-8463 or

Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
national origin, sex, disability, or age. For further information, write
to NEH Equal Opportunity Officer, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20506. TDD: 202/606-8282 (this is a special telephone
device for the Deaf).

Michelle D. Deardorff
Program Director
The Hamer Institute
601-979-5926 (fax)
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July 11-17 and July 25-31
Elon University, North Carolina

Building the New South is a NEH-sponsored summer workshop for community
college professors that will be held at Elon University in the summer of
2010. The workshop will explore the dramatic economic and social
transformation that swept the American South in the decades after the
Civil War. The focus of the workshop will be on the Piedmont, the portion
of the South where the most dramatic change—industrialization—took place.
Participants will read texts and primary source documents, visit historic
sites and museums such as the Glencoe mill village and the Levine Museum
of the New South, and do archival research at the Southern Historical
Collection in Chapel Hill. The workshop will be led by some of the most
prominent historians working in the field.

The workshop will consist of two sessions (July 11-17 and July 25-31);
each session will be limited to twenty-five participants. Participants
will receive a $1200 stipend to help pay for travel expenses, books, food
and accommodations. The completed application must be postmarked no later
than March 2, 2010.

ELON, NC 27244
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