In 1983-84, Drake University established an endowment to support teaching and research in the humanities. The Endowment yields annual revenue whose sole purpose is to enhance teaching and scholarship in the humanities at Drake University.
Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Drake University Center for Teaching and Research in the Humanities serves the entire campus by initiating humanities-centered projects and activities, and by funding proposals made by faculty.
The Center strives not only to provide monetary support, but also to foster an environment of vibrant, ongoing, and collaborative inquiry.
Drake faculty, at any rank, in any department or program in the University, whose work as teachers, scholars, or in academic service involves humanistic inquiry, broadly construed, are eligible to join the Humanities Center Faculty. Those interested should email the director expressing their wish to join the Humanities Center Faculty and be added to our email distribution list.
The board and director are elected by that self-same Humanities Center Faculty for three-year terms; the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences also maintains a seat on the board ex-officio.
The current director is Amy Letter, Associate Professor of English (Creative Writing); term ends Spring 2024
The current board members are:
Jennifer McCrickerd (Philosophy and Religion) term ends Spring 2024
Inbal Mazar (World Languages and Cultures) term ends Spring 2024
Robert Collis (History) term ends Spring 2025
Neil Ward (Art & Design) term ends Spring 2025
Dian Nostikasari (Environmental Science) term ends Spring 2026
Maureen Yuen (Music, Violin and Viola) term ends Spring 2026