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Research Professorship in Environmental Humanities


Through a rigorous committee selection process that weighs past performance and future potential, a member of the Environmental Humanities faculty will be chosen for the professorship for a two-year term. Not only will this professorship reward our best faculty, it will also provide the tools to allow him/her to succeed in pursuing a seminal research interest. For two years, the individual(s) selected will receive an enhanced research account, a reduction in teaching load, research funds, and the services of a graduate research assistant. As a result of these benefits, the professorship will facilitate environmental humanities research with the added bonus of training and mentoring our best graduate students.

As a competitive award, this professorship is intended to honor our most dedicated faculty and enable them to deepen our understanding of environmental humanities. Furthermore, as a revolving professorship, it will spur morale and fuel the program's overall research agenda. Those who win this position will subsequently serve on future selection committees.

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Each professorship includes a one course buyout per year, a half-time research assistant (ten hours per week), and a $2,500 research account.

The professorship is renewable for a second year pending the receipt and positive assessment of a required report detailing the research goals met, productive use of the research assistant, and an itemization of research account funds. The report is due to the Dean on or before May 7, 2011.

Applications should include a detailed research proposal (see attached proposal, 5 pages maximum not including budget sheet, Chair’s letter, and cv). They are due to the Dean’s office by February 1, 2010. The Environmental Humanities steering committee will evaluate the proposals.

Criteria for evaluation include the following:

1. The intrinsic quality of the proposal, including its feasibility, coherence, and significance, and its positive impact on the Environmental Humanities program.

2. The likelihood of completion or significant progress.

3. The Chair’s and/or Program Director’s letter of support.

The committee’s evaluations will be submitted to the Dean in the form of recommendations. The Dean will then notify applicants of final decisions.

Last Updated: 6/2/17