Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities

Seminars and Workshops

The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (CEAH) sponsors faculty seminars and workshops on focused topics. The events offer Iowa State University arts and humanities faculty the opportunity to learn about funding opportunities and grantsmanship, to present their research in an interdisciplinary setting or to discuss topics related to the CEAH's focus on faculty research. The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic development (VPRED) offers a full range of workshops for faculty focusing on the development of competitive grant proposals each year: Faculty Orientation and Faculty Development Programs.

Fall Semester

Preparing a Project Proposal & Planning a Fulbright Stay: A Faculty Perspective

Friday, Sept. 13
Kimberly Zarecor, Architecture, Czech Republic, 2011-2012
12:10 - 1:00 PM, Gold Room, Memorial Union

Cultural Explorations - Fulbright Presentation

Wednesday, Oct. 2
Anicia Peters, Computer Science, Namibia, Current grantee
12:10 - 1:00 PM, Gold Room, Memorial Union

Write Winning Grant Proposals

Thursday, Oct. 3
Dr. John Robertson, Associate Member of Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Sun Room, Memorial Union

Dr. John Robertson is an associate member of Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops, which was founded by David Morrison and Stephen Russell in 1994. In this workshop, emphasis will be given to idea development, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant's case to reviewers. Participants will be taught to organize their presentations into a linear progression of logic, which leads reviewers through their applications. Topics covered include: developing a research plan, writing strategies, analysis of sample proposal sections, writing practice, peer review, drafting proposal sections (selecting, organizing, and summarizing key points), revising drafts (using passive/active voice, sentence-level editing), and developing effective graphics. Although the workshop will emphasize the culture of NSF and NIH and suggestions for responding to NSF and NIH formats, it will discuss the basic, fundamental principles of grant writing that are applicable to a broad range of funding agencies. The workshop is intended for researchers from the physical and life sciences; engineering; educational and social sciences; as well as the arts and the humanities.

Journalism, Social Media, & the Flowering of Democracy in Burma/Myanmar - Fulbright Presentation

Wednesday, Nov. 6
Steve Coon, Journalism, Myanmar (Burma), 2013
12:10 - 1:00 PM, Cardinal Room, Memorial Union

Core Fulbright Scholar Program - Workshop for Faculty and Professionals

Friday, Nov. 8
Dom Caristi, Ph.D. Fulbright ambassador, Ball State University
10:30 - 11:45 AM and 3:00 - 4:15 PM, Gallery Room, Memorial Union

Spring Semester

SP@ISU, Broader Impacts in NSF Proposals

Friday, Jan. 17
Diane Rover, SP@ISU Director
12:10 - 1:00 PM, Room 130, College of Design
Brown bag event.

Environmental Research, Cultural Experiences, and Adventures in India as a Fulbright Scholar

Wednesday, Jan. 22
Ann Russell, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, India, 2005.
12:10 - 1:00 PM, Gold Room, Memorial Union
Brown bag event.

Scholars Seminar

Wednesday, Jan. 29
Nell Irvin Painter, Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, Princeton University
4:30- 5:30 PM, Oak Room, Memorial Union
Brown bag event.

Engaging in Industry Sponsored Research

Friday, Jan. 31
Lisa Lorenzen, Executive Director, ISU Research Foundation
12:10- 1:00 PM, Room 130, College of Design
Brown bag event.

It's More Than Acclimating: Living and Studying as a Fulbrighter, from Indonesia to the US

Wednesday, Feb. 5
Agustina Veny Purnamasari, School of Education, Indonesia, Current grantee
12:10 PM- 1:00 PM, Gold Room, Memorial Union
Brown bag event.

NEA Webinar: Literature Fellowships for Poetry

Wednesday, Feb. 5
2:00 PM CST
This is a one-hour NEA Creative Writing Fellowships in Poetry guidelines workshop. A presentation by NEA Literature Staff will be followed by a Q&A session.
Register here. Find more information here.

NSF CAREER Grant Workshop

Wednesday, Feb. 5
Dr. Arun Somani, Associate Dean for Research at the College of Engineering will provide an introduction and moderate the discussion.
3:30- 5:00 PM, Howe Hall Auditorium
Writing a successful CAREER grant proposal requires clear articulation of long-term research and education goals, and that these goals are cohesive and well integrated. Recent CAREER grant awardees (Drs. Ganapathysubramanian, Miner, Ramamoorthy, and Salas-Fernandez) will talk about their experiences in developing their proposals, including their plans for the broader impacts, evaluation, and other requirements of this program. The speakers will provide some tips and recommendations, and participants will have time to ask questions.
FREE Registration here.

Institutional Review Board (IRB): What All Researchers Need to Know

Friday, Feb. 14
Kerry Agnitsch, Interim Director, Office for Responsible Research
12:10- 1:00 PM, Room 130, College of Design
This seminar will cover topics such as determining when IRB approval is required, how to seek IRB approval, and what the IRB looks for when reviewing research. Tips on how to smoothly navigate the IRB approval process will also be covered.
Brown bag event.

Commercializing Your Research

Friday, Feb. 28
Lisa Lorenzen, Executive Director, ISU Research Foundation
12:10- 1:00 PM, Room 130, College of Design
In this session we will discuss the process of commercializing your ISU innovations. Topics will include how to disclose your ideas, how can your technology be protected, what is our process for making decisions on the patentability and commercial potentials of the technologies, and who is your point of contact in OIPTT to answer questions and facilitate the commercialization process.
Brown bag event.

SP@ISU, Data Management Planning

Wednesday, March 12
Megan O'Donnell, scholarly communications librarian with Parks Library, and Bonnie Brown, co-PI with SP@ISU
12:00 PM- 1:00 PM, 192 Parks Library
Brown bag event.

Building Networks in Biology & Across the Ocean - A Fulbright Presentation

Wednesday, March 12
Chris Tuggle, Animal Science, Scotland, 2011
12:10 PM- 1:00 PM, Oak Room, Memorial Union
Brown bag event.

ISU's Publication Subvention Grants

Friday, March 14
Sandra Norvell, (Office of the Vice President for Research)
12:10- 1:00 PM, Room 130, College of Design
This session will review the new guidelines and requirements for the Publication Subvention Grants and discuss FAQ's. Applications to this internal grant offered through the Office of the Vice President for Research are due on Monday, April 7.
Brown bag event.

OSPA 101: Overview of the OSPA Proposal Submission Process, Pre-Award and Post-Award

Friday, March 28
Tammy Polaski, Interim Director, Office of Sponsored Programs Administration and Barbara Neese, Office of Sponsored Programs Administration
12:10- 1:00 PM, Room 130, College of Design
This presentation will provide an overview of the OSPA proposal review process and how it affects the post-award process. It will provide an explanation of how to register in different systems for ISU and external funding sources. It will also cover the Goldsheet process including the files needed for review and tips for proposal and budget development. It will include a perspective of how the Pre-Award process aids in the completion of the Post Award process.
Brown bag event.

Building a Successful Interdisciplinary Research Team

Monday, March 31
Basil Nikolau, Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, and Balaji Narasimhan, Associate Dean for Research and Vlasta Klima Balloun Professor
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, Room 3043, Coover
This seminar is for experienced researchers who are interested in learning strategies for developing cross-disciplinary research teams to address more complex and multifaceted problems.
Registration required. Register here.

Iowa Humanities Festival 2014: A World at Home · A Home in the World

Saturday, April 12
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Salisbury House and Gardens and the Des Moines Art Center

The Iowa Humanities Festival welcomes Iowans to explore significant themes through the lens of the academic and public humanities. Presenters from Iowa colleges, universities, museums, libraries, and archives as well as the venues highlight rich tradition of the humanities in Iowa.

Two faculty members from Iowa State will be presenting: John Warne Monroe, Associate Professor of History and Neil Nakadate, Professor (Emeritus) of English. For a complete list and more information about the presenters, click here.
Registration required. Register here.

Lecture: Building Platforms for Creativity and Innovation

Tuesday, April 15
Pamela L. Jennings, CEO-Founder of CONSTRUKTS, Inc. and a previous NSF program director of CreativeIT
12:00- 1:00 PM, Howe Hall Auditorium
Jennings presents her vision of a world where innovative ideas and solutions that support new ways of co-existing are invented, explored and shared. This is a world that is abundant with new opportunities to integrate the collective opportunities and intelligence of those who have been systematically absent from the discourses of experimentation, discovery and decision making.
Click here for more information.

NEH Office of Digital Humanities (ODH) Visits the University of Iowa

April 21-22
Perry Collins, Senior Program Officer,The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Office of Digital Humanitites (ODH)
2520D University Capitol Centre (UCC)/Old Capitol Town Center (map)

The NEH ODH visit presents an up-close opportunity to learn more about NEH ODH, its funding priorities and available grants, and to meet and network with colleagues. The agenda includes small group meetings, one-on-one consultations with NEH ODH, a networking lunch, and a lightning round of presentations about digital humanities projects in the Midwest.

Event Schedule:
Monday, April 21
  • 10:00 - 11:30 AM - Small group meetings
  • 12:00 - 12:45 PM - Lunch
  • 12:45 - 1:45 PM - ODH presentation about grant opportunities
  • 2:00 - 3:00 PM - Lightning round: Presentations from attendees about project ideas
  • 3:00 - 5:00 PM - Small group meetings/One-on-one consultations (25 minutes each)
Tuesday, April 22
  • 8:00 - 11:00 PM - Small group meetings/One-on-one consultations
Registration required. Register here.

Faculty should contact Sandra Norvell to discuss travel support.

CEAH Past Seminars, Workshops and Symposia