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Alumni College

Alumni College fellows showcase the excellent research of Texas Tech humanities scholars. Each year, the Humanities Center selects up to twelve fellows, who receive funding and who present their work at Alumni College, a public lecture series held in conjunction with Homecoming.

Call for Applications

Fellowships of $3,000 will be offered in support of faculty research in any facet of the humanities. Proposals must indicate a clear trajectory of scholarly outcomes, with funds available as of December 26th, 2017, to be used by August 31, 2018. Applications are to be made via the Competition Space portal. (To apply click here: Competition Space portal.) The submission deadline is November 10th.

The criteria for these fellowships include a demonstrated record of scholarly ("track record" suitable to rank) achievement and clearly articulated goals. The aim of these fellowships is to foster world-leading research in the humanities at TTU. Therefore, applications will be evaluated primarily on their scholarly promise both within and beyond each applicant's particular field of study.

Funds may be used as expense money for permissible goods, travel, or activities in accordance with university and state policies (for instance, materials, assistance with transcription of interviews, research assistants, translators, or other expenses associated with conducting and disseminating one's research.) Funds may, alternatively, be taken as summer compensation, which will be taxed and out of which fringe benefits will be taken.

The applicant will be asked to provide a 100 word abstract, a 500 word narrative, and an abbreviated CV. The application does not require submitting a budget.

Successful applicants will be expected to present their research at a fall 2018 event to take place in conjunction with Homecoming Weekend, sponsored by the Humanities Center, and targeting a general interest audience. They will also be expected to attend a rehearsal for this event and to meet with other fellows four times during the spring, 2018, semester at planned gatherings. Scholars who expect to be away from Lubbock in the spring or next fall are, therefore, not eligible.

Applications are due before midnight on November 10th. Winners will be announced no later than December 22nd.

Adjudicators will be members of the Board of Advisors of the Humanities Center and possibly other non-applicants who may be asked to round out the variety of disciplines on the jurying committee. Each application will be read by a minimum of three adjudicators.

Humanities Center Fellows

2018 FellowsBottom row, left to right: Ali Duffy (Theatre & Dance), Min-Joo Kim (English), and Lynn Whitfield (Southwest Collection); Second row, left to right: Sydnor Roy (CMLL), Dorothy Chansky (Director, Humanities Center), and Ryan Hackenbracht (English); Third row, left to right: Howard Curzer (Philosophy) and Emily Skidmore (History); Top row, left to right: Aaron Braver (English), Kristen Michelson (CMLL), and Julie Couch (English). Not pictured: Matthew Hunter (English), Roger McNamara (English), John Poch (English), Lucas Wood (CMLL), Elissa Zellinger (English), Wyatt Phillips (English) and Visiting Fellow Yeonhaun Kang. Photograph by Neal Hinkle.


Julie Couch (English) "Gaming the Manuscript: An Investigation into the Unique Layout of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in the British Library Cotton MS A.x"

Howard Curzer (Philosophy) "Rethinking the Dialog between Mencius and King Xuan"

Ali Duffy (Theatre & Dance) "Why Competitive Collegiate Dance Teams Operate by Maintaining Balance between Athletic and Artistic Domains"

Ryan Hackenbracht (English) "Government and Grace: The Reformation of Sovereignty from Luther to Locke"

Matthew Hunter (English) "Stranger Styles: Public Language on the Early Modern Stage"

Min-Joo Kim (English)"Affective Uses of Demonstratives and their Cross-Linguistic Variation"

Kristen Michelson (CMLL) "Developing Second Language Literacies through
Digital Social Reading"

Sydnor Roy (CMLL) "Political Relativism: Political Theories in Herodotus'

Emily Skidmore (History) "Breast is Best: The Long Debate over Infant Feeding, 1778-1978"

Lynn Whitfield (Southwest Collections) "Texas Practice Houses"

Lucas Wood (CMLL) "Fake News in Medieval Camelot: Revealing and Repressing Courtly Adultery"

Elissa Zellinger(English) "Lyrical Strains: Lyric, Liberalism, and Women's Poetry, 1820-1920"

2017 Alumni College Fellows

2016 Alumni College Fellows

2015 Alumni College Fellows



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