Call for Proposals: Imagining Iowa Public Scholarship Grants
As part of the Imagining America public scholarship initiative, the Center is launching an exploration for "Imagining Iowa," focusing on the current public interest in biorenewable fuels in the state and the greater Midwest.
This CEAH/LAS call for proposals encourages scholarly activity that focuses on "Imagining Iowa" in the emerging bioeconomy, which features scholarly and creative work jointly planned and carried out by university and community partners.
Iowa faces major changes as land devoted to growing crops for animal feed and human food is redirected to growing crops for energy production. Dozens of Iowa towns have already become sites for ethanol and bio-diesel plants, generating excitement about the possibilities of revitalizing struggling rural economies. At the same time, Iowans are concerned about potential negative impacts on their families and communities, land and water use, the cost of food, the cost of maintaining roads, and effects on the global food market. ISU scientists and engineers are already involved in the bio-economy; however, there is a need for faculty in the arts, design, and humanities to collaborate with the social sciences to explore, with Iowa citizens, the aesthetic, environmental, ethical, historical, and social implications of this change.
To encourage scholarly activity that focuses on "Imagining Iowa" in the emerging bio-economy, the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have joined together to provide a seed grant program for public scholarship. By public scholarship, we mean scholarly and creative work jointly planned and carried out by university and community partners; intellectual work that produces a public good; or artistic, critical and historical work that contributes to public debates. This grant will supply one interdisciplinary faculty group up to $15,000 in support to engage this topic.
All tenured or tenure-track ISU faculty (as well as P&S staff classification P17 or above) are eligible to apply.
State funds are used to support this program, so faculty members who wish to apply for the salary award option and have other salary commitments for 2008 (teaching or administrative) should contact the Center regarding their eligibility.
B-base faculty who are teaching during the summer may apply for the salary option, but only if their payment for teaching does not exceed one-ninth of their current academic salary. That is, a faculty member may receive no more than two months salary from summer teaching and/or research activities.
A-base faculty are eligible to apply for salary support if the buy-out is approved at the department and college levels.
Faculty members who wish to apply for the salary award option and who will receive salary support in June from another administrative unit may not be eligible for the full fellowship award. Please contact the Center staff if you have questions about your eligibility.
GuidelinesThe funds can be used for:
Proposal evaluators will consider:
Small development grants (up to $150) will be awarded to individuals or groups invited to submit a full proposal. This funding may assist in the facilitation of meetings, completing the proposal applications, and making copies for submission.
Projects selected for funding in March 2008:
The proposal process will be in two steps:
Small development grants (up to $150) will be awarded to individuals or groups that apply with an initial idea by October TBA. The application will be a single sheet providing a title and a two-sentence description of the project along with a list of proposed faculty that might be interested.
The full proposal will be due February TBA and will include in three or fewer pages a description of the project, the participants and their roles, and a vision for the public scholarship that will be incorporated. An additional page will summarize the proposed budget. Please include letters of transmission from department chairs.
2008-2009 Award Recipients
Jean Goodwin, Associate Professor, Speech Communication
Carl Herndl, Professor, Rhetoric and Professional Communication
Lee Honeycutt, Associate Professor, Rhetoric and Professional Communication
Greg Wilson, Assistant Professor, Rhetoric and Professional Communication