Call for Faculty Research Proposals – Academic Year 2019-20

In an effort to promote humanities-focused scholarship at CMC, as well as to promote research collaboration between faculty and students, the Gould Center invites proposals from faculty for research projects in the humanities that will be pursued in partnership with a CMC student research assistant.  Proposals are welcome from all CMC tenured/tenure-track faculty, no matter the department, so long as the proposed research project concerns issues central to humanistic inquiry.  All CMC students, no matter the major or year, are eligible to serve as student research assistants on funded projects.

Student research assistants are expected to work 40-50 hours per semester and will be paid an hourly rate in line with the CMC wage schedule for student employees.  Student RAs are expected to utilize the new Gould Center space in Kravis Lower Court for their work.  Faculty applicants should identify their proposed student RA prior to submitting their proposal.

Faculty Stipend Amount

  • $2500 for semester-length projects (either fall or spring)

  • $5000 for year-long projects

Proposal Submission Instructions

Proposals should include:

  • an abstract, suitable for publication on the Gould website should the project be funded (250 words)

  • a description of the project, a brief explanation of its importance and connection to the faculty member’s other work, and an expected timeline for its completion (no more than 1000 words)

  • the faculty member’s CV

  • an explanation of how student involvement will aid the project plus a detailed description of the expected student research experience (500 words)

  • the student RA’s resume

All documents should be merged into a single Word document or PDF and the first word in the filename should be the faculty applicant’s last name (e.g., Uvin Gould Proposal 2019).  Please send proposals as file attachments by email to Janna Shwaiko (jshwaiko@cmc.edu).  Applications are due on Friday, September 13, 2019 by 12 noon.

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be judged on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Quality of the proposal

  • The project’s connection to the Gould Center’s mission of supporting and promoting humanistic inquiry

  • Expected quality of the student research experience

  • Likelihood that the project will be completed during the grant period

  • Likelihood of successful publication

We expect to be able to make up to five year-long awards (or the equivalent in semester-length awards) this academic year.  Faculty and students who receive awards from the Gould Center are required to submit a brief project report at the conclusion of the grant period.  Such reports may be published in future Gould Center newsletters or on the website. Please contact Professor Amy Kind (akind@cmc.edu) with any questions.