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Scholarship & Faculty Development: Faculty Summer Research

Summer 2014 Weyerhaeuser Research Fellowships

  • Description: One of the Weyerhaeuser Center’s aims is to enable Whitworth faculty to produce high-quality Christian scholarship and to facilitate interaction with other scholars throughout the world.  To that end, these six summer research fellowships nourish scholarship, informed by a Christian faith perspective that has the potential to make a significant impact on academic discussions. This scholarship should relate to topics such as ethics, public policy, service-learning, character formation, and/or the influence of presuppositional beliefs in a specific discipline.

    Each of the fellowships is designated for projects dealing with research informed by a Christian faith perspective, theoretical discussions of Christianity, and higher education or the practical pedagogy of faith-learning integration in the classroom. These projects should propose dissemination in one of the following venues:

    (a) a secular disciplinary journal (for example, American Historical Review, American Psychologist, Journal of Social Issues);

    (b) a Christian academic journal of faith and learning (e.g., Journal of Psychology and Theology, Christian Scholar’s Review, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith);

    (c) secular or Christian popular magazine aimed at educated laypersons (e.g., Christianity Today, Books and Culture, First Things, The New Republic, The Atlantic);

    or (d) a secular or Christian publishing house.

    Applicants from the performing and creative arts are encouraged to submit projects proposing dissemination through a juried performance or exhibition.  Scholarship related to aesthetics from a Christian perspective is also encouraged and should be submitted to a secular or Christian journal.

    Applicants must be prepared to devote six weeks to full-time research during the summer of 2014. (Applicants should, in other words, have no teaching or administrative responsibilities during the period of the research fellowship). These fellowships require submission of a manuscript to a journal or publisher, or submission of a performing or creative arts project for a juried performance or exhibition, during AY 2014-15, and prior to June 1, 2015.  Applicants must also be prepared to present the results of their research in Faculty Scholarship Forum during AY 2014-15. 

    Selection Criteria and Procedure: The fellowship committee will review each proposal.  The committee will evaluate the proposals based on their potential scholarly significance, the degree to which the proposal meets the highest standards of scholarly quality, the scholarly promise of the researcher as indicated by the quality of his or her previous work, and the impact of Christian thinking on the proposal.  Applicants will be notified of the results of the competition no later than Monday, April 14, 2014.

    Due Date: All application materials must be received in the Whitworth Academic Affairs Office by March 24, 2014.

    Eligibility: Fellowships are open to all Whitworth faculty on continuing contracts (senior, junior, tenured, non-tenured) in all academic disciplines. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.  Consideration also will be given for exceptional proposals from lecturers or emeriti faculty. 

    Only faculty who received summer research fellowships from the center in 2013 and faculty who received a 2013 Faculty Faith and Scholarship Award are ineligible to apply.  (Faculty are eligible to apply for the Weyerhaeuser Center and FRD fellowships, but they will be able to receive only one.)

    Amount: Each of these six fellowships carries a $2,000 stipend. $1,500 of the stipend will be awarded in June 2014.  The remaining $500 of the stipend will be awarded upon submission of the project for publication or exhibition during AY 2014-15 and prior to June 1, 2015.  Recipients must provide proof of submission to Dale Soden.

    Procedure: Applicants must submit the following:

    1. a cover letter indicating the fellowship(s) for which they wish to be considered,;
    2. a research proposal of 1,500 words or less and;
    3. a curriculum vitae.

    The research proposal should 1) explain the planned research or grant submission, with reference to the important literature on the subject; 2) describe the anticipated publication(s) or proposal(s); and 3) indicate how a Christian faith perspective informs the planned research. 

    Contact: Any additional questions should be directed to Dale Soden, Ph.D., Whitworth University Department of History (dsoden@whitworth.edu; 509.777.4433). 

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