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Visiting Faculty Fellowship

2014/2015 William S. Vaughn
Visiting Fellowship

"Public Scholarship in the Humanities"

Program co-directors: Joel F. Harrington (History) and Holly Tucker (French; Medicine, Health, and Society)

The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities will host a year-long interdisciplinary faculty seminar to explore questions related to publicly engaged scholarship and to examine what may gained and what may be lost for scholars and scholarship when we are asked to make our work more accessible to a broad general audience. How will the future of scholarly research in the humanities be impacted by this increasing emphasis on publicly engaged scholarship as well as by the turn to digital humanities and other forms of new media? How do we prepare ourselves and our graduate students for this changing landscape?

Publicly engaged scholarship involves partnerships between faculty members at academic institutions and individuals or organizations in the private and public sectors for the purpose of creating and distributing knowledge as well as promoting meaningful shared discourse. This working partnership among equals enhances scholarship, creativity, and learning while also contributing to the public good. Participants in the Fellows Program will explore the changing "publics" addressed by contemporary humanities scholars as well as the variety of partnerships involved. The seminar will also engage with more fundamental questions related to the new types of knowledge and intellectual inquiry that can be produced as a result of publicly engaged scholarship.

Finally, the seminar will provide the opportunity for participants to examine specific ways in which individual faculty members as well as colleges and universities are being called upon to adapt to a changing social, political, and economic climate in regard to the production and dissemination of knowledge. What are the implications for humanistic scholarship, for instance, in an era when expertise and opinion can travel across the globe in seconds via the Internet or in which faculty can teach thousands of students in a single class via massive on line open courses?

We invite applications from scholars in all disciplines whose lively presences will help to focus our work and stimulate discussions. We anticipate that the successful applicant will have completed the terminal degree in her/his field at the time of application and will have a record of scholarly publications as well as strong evidence of publicly engaged scholarship. The seminar meets weekly and will allow the Visiting Fellow ample time to pursue a major research project. The combined interests of the visiting fellow and the Vanderbilt faculty fellows will determine the form and content of seminar discussions.

The Visiting Fellow is provided with a spacious office within the Warren Center's own building. The fellowship pays a stipend of up to $50,000 and provides $2,000 in moving expenses. Application materials may be downloaded from our website: Complete applications must be submitted by January 15, 2014.




For more information please contact:

Mona Frederick, Executive Director,

Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities
VU Station B #351534, Nashville, TN 37235-1534
(615) 343-6060