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External Opportunities for Faculty

Grant Opportunities

Conference on College Composition and Communication, Assistance Fund for Contingent Faculty

The Conference on College Composition and Communication is accepting applications for the CCCC Assistance Fund for Contingent Faculty. The fund provides awards of $500 for contingent faculty at two-year colleges and four-year colleges and universities to travel to the annual CCCC Annual Convention. Applicants must reside more than 300 miles from the convention site. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2014 to be considered for the awards made in January 2015.

American Association of University Women, Community Action Grants

Community Action Grants provide funds to women, American Association of University Women (AAUW) branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K–12 and community college girls’ and women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering, or math. Visit their website for information about how to apply. The deadline is January 15, 2015.

The NEA Foundation, Learning and Leadership Grants

The NEA Foundation provides grants to support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. All $5,000 group grant applicants must include partner information. The deadlines for applications is February 1, 2015.

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Programs in the Humanities for College Educators

Each year, NEH offers tuition-free opportunities for school, college, and university educators to study a variety of humanities topics. Stipends of $1,200-$3,900 help cover expenses for these one- to five-week programs. For more information and application instructions, please visit the websites for individual programs. Links are provided here.

J. M. Kaplan Fund, Furthermore Grants

Furthermore grants assist nonfiction books having to do with art, architecture, and design; cultural history, the city, and related public issues; and conservation and preservation. Furthermore looks for work that appeals to an informed general audience; gives evidence of high standards in editing, design, and production; and promises a reasonable shelf life. The grants, ranging roughly from $1,500 to a maximum of $15,000, are awarded twice annually. Postmarked application deadlines are March 1 and September 1. Funds can be used for specific publication components such as writing, research, editing, indexing, design, illustration, photography, and printing and binding. Book projects to which a university press or nonprofit or trade publisher is already committed and for which there is a feasible distribution plan are usually preferred.

Michigan Humanities Council, Heritage Grants

With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Michigan Humanities Council is launching a new statewide grant program to share local stories about race and culture by exploring the history of all Michigan’s people. These competitive grants will be awarded to nonprofit agencies to support exhibits, digital projects, oral history programs, documentaries, community conversations and other activities that explore and share the history and experiences of local cultural identity groups. Draft proposal period (submitting a draft for feedback is optional): Dec. 1, 2014 through Jan. 30, 2015; Final application deadline: March 16, 2015.

Institute of International Education, Fulbright Scholar Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 310,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fellowship Opportunities

Ucross Foundation Residency Program

Artists, writers and composers from around the United States and the world, in all stages of their professional careers, are invited to apply to work on individual or collaborative projects. Applications are also welcome from those writing about the arts, and from individuals working in the natural sciences. Fellows are chosen by a panel of professionals in the arts and humanities in a highly competitive application process. The quality of an applicant's work is given primary consideration. Final invitations for residencies are extended at the discretion of the Ucross Foundation. Visit the foundation's website to apply. Application deadlines are March 1 for Fall Session (which runs August through the first Friday in December), and October 1 for Spring Session (which runs March through the first Friday in June). Residencies vary in length from two to six weeks.

Vermont Studio Center Fellowships for Artists and Writers

Applications are accepted for fellowships and residencies at the Vermont Studio Center. To be considered for a fellowship, applicants must submit their applications by one of the three annual fellowship deadlines: February 15, June 15, or October 1. It's advised that applicants should apply at least six months in advance of their preferred start date. Visit the website for more details.

Calls for Papers

Albany State University's department of English and modern languages has issued a call for papers for its upcoming conference, Circling Our Wagons Conference: Stories and Histories of Hip Hop, which will be held on April 16-19. For this conference, the department seeks essays/papers that relate to any aspect of stories and histories of Hip Hop or Hip-Hop studies and pedagogy. Subjects may include, but are not limited to: literature, demographics, history, politics, economics, education, health care, fine arts, religion, social sciences, and business. Other formats (i.e., ethnodrama, performance, poetry, autoethnography, and fiction) are welcome as well. The department is also seeking regional and local talent to perform on the final night of the conference. Visit the conference's website for more details. Send 200-300 word abstract for papers, round tables, and other formats to cowc@asurams.edu by December 21, 2014.

Submissions accepted for possible publication in The Community College Enterprise: A Journal of Research and Practice. The journal accepts work primarily from community college educators and administrators and is published in the Fall and Spring. It accepts papers on topics such as: alternative learning strategies, learning, student success, retention, developmental education, leadership, teaching and learning strategies, and interactive learning. Visit the journal's website for more details.

Manuscripts welcome for possible publication in the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching. The journal accepts papers on college and university teaching in the following categories: research, integration, innovation, and inspiration. Papers may be interdisciplinary or specific to one or a group of disciplines, and may address a general or specific audience. For more details, visit the journal's website.

The Journal of College Reading and Learning welcomes submissions for possible publication. The journal publishes investigations on the reading, writing, thinking, and studying of college learners. Visit the journal's website for more details.

Article submissions invited for possible publication in American Music, a quarterly journal devoted to all aspects of American music and music in America. The journal also accepts books, recordings, and multimedia items for review. Visit the journal's website for more details.