Arts and Humanities Subventions: For Humanities Books and Arts Exhibits/Performances
The Graduate School and Provost’s Office together announce a second year of a three-year experimental program (through AY 2011-2012), to provide subsidies to assist probationary faculty in humanities fields where publication of a major research book is normally necessary to achieve tenure, and in arts fields where major exhibitions or performances are normally necessary to achieve tenure. Probationary faculty in non-humanities fields that are also book-driven for purposes of tenure evaluation are eligible for the program.
Such subsidies will support research books that have been accepted for publication, but for which the publisher has requested a subsidy. In the case of arts fields, they will support costs associated with an already-scheduled public exhibition or performance.
The Graduate School/Provost subvention will be provided in amounts up to $4,000, if there is no cost-sharing component in the request. We will increase our maximum subvention to $5,000, if the tenure home department or another academic program provides an additional contribution of at least $1,000. We expect to make up to six awards per academic year.
The Graduate School and Provost’s Office will monitor demand and usefulness of the program, in order to decide whether it should continue beyond AY 2011-2012.
The application process is simple. (1) The probationary faculty member should write a brief letter of request, co-signed and endorsed by the tenure home department chair, to the Associate Dean of the Graduate School (with a copy to the Vice-Provost for Faculty and Staff). Briefly state the title and nature of the book or artistic venture, the status of acceptance for publication (or exhibition/performance), the expected date of publication or exhibition, the necessity of the book or exhibit/performance as a central component of tenure evaluations in your field, and the amount requested. (2) Attach your CV, and a letter from the publisher or sponsoring agency that documents the commitment to the project, and the use to which subventions funds would be put. Payment will be made directly to the publisher or agency. If applicable, document the cost-sharing contribution proposed by your tenure home department or another academic unit.