Full-time faculty members on renewable-term appointments and nearing the completion of a research or creative project in the humanities may apply for reassignment from one, or, in special circumstances, two courses during one semester.
In deliberating on proposals, the Board of Directors will consider the merit of the work in progress, the amount of work still to be completed, and the work's promise of publication, exhibition, or production.
The Center will cover the cost of replacement instruction, at the standard university rate, for the program or department from whose course offering(s) the applicant requests reassignment.
Please note that deans, in consultation with department chairs and program directors, are responsible for authorizing course reassignment. The Center only funds the replacement costs.
Course Reassignment Grants require advance planning: applicants should include, as part of their application, statements affirming support from their department chair or program director and dean for course reassignment during the specific semester requested. These affirmations can be short, and may be emailed directly to the director. Because departments will need time to arrange for adjunct or other replacement instruction, planning for a course reassignment can and should begin at least a year in advance.
The Board recommends the following:
The following criteria will guide the Board in its deliberations:
Applications must include an overview of the project itself; applicants are welcome to use proposals and reports written for other purposes—for example, to presses, editors, and agents—as the basis for this overview.
All proposals must include the applicant's current curriculum vitae.
Funds underwriting successful proposals will be released contingent upon hiring replacement instruction.
Because course reassignment grants are a relatively costly way of advancing research, the Board of the Center awards only a few each year, depending on the funds available each year, the programmatic priorities established each year, and the number and size of requests received.
Recipients of funding from the Center for the Humanities are asked to provide reports on the impact and effect of the activities funded.
The Center’s support must be acknowledged in the published work and, when possible, in announcements, presentations, and publicity materials connected to it. Please see the acknowledgments page for examples of appropriate formulations of acknowledgment.
To apply for grant programs funded through the Drake University Center for the Humanities, please use this new, Qualtrics-based application form.
If the form gives you any trouble at all, you can also email your application to the director of the center.