In response to the College's call for budgetary stringency in recent years, the Oakley Center's approach to Faculty Research Groups has undergone a significant adjustment.
The Released-Time Seminar and Shared Research Seminar programs have been suspended indefinitely. The Center will, however, continue to support Discussion Seminars, which involve a semester-long commitment
by as many as ten participants to meet regularly (8-10 meetings in total). If the
circumstances are appropriate, however, it is
possible to organize a year-long seminar that
meets as many times but at less frequent
intervals. In light of the suspension of the Shared Research Seminar program, the Center is open to hybrid proposals that combine discussion with the circulation of research papers by participants.
Seminar applicants should submit proposals to the Director. The deadline for receipt of seminar applications for the 2013-14 academic year is Saturday, March 16, 2013. The Center pays a stipend of $600 to the organizer and $400 to other participants. The organizer may also request a supplementary budget of up to $1750 to advance the goals of the seminar--e.g., by bringing to campus a scholar with relevant expertise for a lecture or workshop. (Although such seminar-related events may be held at the Oakley Center on a space-available basis, organizers are expected to manage their own budget and handle logistics themselves.)
Discussion Seminar proposals should be 2-3 pages in length and should describe the topic of the group, explain why it is important, and list some of the people who are most likely to attend. The proposal should also include a budget for supplementary funds and an explanation of how they will be used. At the conclusion of the seminar, the organizer submits a summary and evaluation to the Director.
Please note: The Center places highest priority on Discussion Seminars that explore new methodologies or fields of study and which incorporate faculty from a range of disciplines. Proposals largely focused on curricular or pedagogical questions in established departments/programs will be accorded lower priority when ranking proposals.
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