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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

2017 Fellows Standing, left to right: Paul Reinsch (Theatre & Dance); Leo Eko (Journalism and Electronic Media); Belinda Kleinhans (CMLL); Abigail Selzer King (English); Paul Bjerk (History); Julie Zook (Architecture); Jacqueline Kolosov (English); Barnaby Chesterton (Visiting Fellow); Bruce Cammack (SWC/SCL); William Wenthe (English); Joe Hodes (Honors College).Seated, left to right: Christopher Hom (Philosophy); Randy McBee (History); Julie Willett (History); Dorothy Chansky, Humanities Center Director; Anna Novotny (Anthropology); Alicia Miklos (CMLL). Not pictured: Ryan Hackenbracht (English). Photograph by Ashley Rodgers.

Current (2017) Alumni College Fellows:

Paul Bjerk (History) "Corruption as a Secular Witchcraft in
Socialist Tanzania"

Bruce Cammack (Southwest Collection/Special Collections
Library) "Seeing the Elephant with the Boys: The Texas Diaries
of Elliott Bulloch Roosevelt, 1876-77"

Leo Eko (Journalism and Electronic Media) "American Religious
Neutralism, French Secular Republicanism and Islamic
Veils: Freedom of Religion versus Freedom from Religion?"

Joe Hodes (Honors College) "Partition: The Creation of Israel
and India, Pakistan and Palestine"

Christopher Hom (Philosophy) "The Semantics of
Racial Epithets"

Abigail Selzer King (English) "How do organizations use
metaphoric systemicity?: A rhetorical examination of documents
from the Women of the Ku Klux Klan (1923-1931)"

Belinda Kleinhans (Classical & Modern Languages
& Literatures) "The Joy of Killing: Perpetrators, Violence
and Media"

Alicia Miklos (Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures)
"Meditated Intimacies: Gender Violence and Representation in
Postwar Nicaragua"

Anna Novotny (Anthropology) "An Ethnoarchaeological
Study of Yucatec Maya Exhumation Rituals and Their Implications
for Understanding Ancient Maya Funeral Practices"

Paul Reinsch (Theatre & Dance) "Recovering the Lost
(Cinema) Sounds of D. C.: Good to Go"

Julie Willett and Randy McBee (History) "Nothing
to Laugh At: The Vietnam War and the Comic Stage."

Julie Zook (Architecture) "The Flow of City Life in Film"


2016 Alumni College Fellows

2015 Alumni College Fellows



Humanities Center