Call for Proposals
Co-Sponsored Skidmore Faculty Residency
from the Center for Leadership, Teaching, and Learning and
the Office of the Dean of Special Programs
About the CLTL/ODSP Sponsored Faculty Residency
The Office of the Dean of the Faculty, the Center for Leadership, Teaching, and Learning, and the Office of the Dean of Special Programs have formalized a partnership to support a semesterlong Skidmore faculty residency for spring of 2019. This residency connects Special Programs’ guest artist/scholar residency model with the Center for Leadership, Teaching, and Learning’s faculty development programming. This innovative residency affords Skidmore faculty members the opportunity to propose residency programming that best relates to their research and/or creative projects with the aim to explore new possibilities for connectivity and collaboration with students, faculty, and the larger community. The DOF, CLTL, and ODSP expect this to be a full-semester, full-time residency, which integrates, among other programming, a guest presenter whose expertise intersects with the Skidmore faculty’s topic and goals for the semester residency.
All full-time Skidmore College faculty are eligible to apply.
Objectives and Expectations
- To offer one Skidmore faculty member the opportunity to share his/her/their research and/or creative and artistic project with students, faculty, and the community. The semester’s activities might take the form of public talks, performances, or exhibits. The faculty resident might also facilitate student panels or organize a conference on campus.
- To bring a presenter to campus during the residency who will engage with the Skidmore community through a series of public events. The presenter might attend classes and offer a public lecture, exhibit, or performance.
Proposals should be no more than three single-spaced pages and should be submitted as a PDF file to Grace Burton (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Michelle Paquette-Deuel (email@example.com). Your proposal should include the following:
- Your name, department, and email address
- Title of your residency project
- A description of the scholarship and/or your artistic project you wish to explore during the residency
- A discussion of how you will engage with the community during the residency semester (seminars, faculty-to-faculty talks, conferences, exhibits, performances, etc.)
- Names and short descriptions of potential external presenters and their activities while they are on campus
- In addition to your proposal, a letter of support from your department chair or program director. (Because backfill for one-semester course releases is not automatic, department chairs or program directors should give a brief explanation of how the course releases will affect department or program offerings.)
Course Releases and Funding
ODSP and the CLTL have received approval from the DOF/VPAA’s office to support two course releases for the Skidmore Faculty Residency semester. ODSP and the CLTL will fund the external presenter’s honorarium, travel, and accommodation expenses up to $12,000 while they are on campus.
Timeline for Proposal Submission and Selection
The deadline for submission of proposals for the spring 2019 residency is March 30, 2018. Proposals will be selected based on their relevance to the residency objectives. An advisory committee composed of faculty and administrators will review all proposals and make the final funding decision. All faculty who submit proposals will be notified of the committee’s determination by April 27, 2018. The selected faculty resident should work directly with their department chair to schedule course releases for the residency semester.
Administrative Support from ODSP and the CLTL
The CLTL and ODSP will work in close coordination with the faculty resident to provide administrative support for the external presenter’s visit, including contract negotiation, scheduling, travel, accommodations, and catering.
At the end of the semester, the Skidmore faculty resident will be expected to write a short (three to five pages) reflection of their residency, highlighting progress made and tangible outcomes (e.g. papers, presentations, exhibits, performances).
Spring 2018 Scholar-in-Residence: Heather Hurst
Heather Hurst, associate professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology, is the first Skidmore Scholar in Residence, supported by the ODSP, CLTL, and the DOF/VPAA’s office for spring 2018.
Hurst has spent the last fifteen years working at the site of San Bartolo, Guatemala,
investigating and illustrating the fragile wall paintings that are one of the single
most important ancient Maya artifacts ever discovered. Her residency, entitled "Maya
Murals of San Bartolo," will utilize print, visual, digital, and archival materials
to engage our community in discussions about cultural heritage preservation, artists
and political authority, origin mythology, bodies, and artistic expression.
A series of events will bring various scholars and artists to campus throughout the semester as she illustrates a new corpus of the epic creation story ancient artists expertly rendered two thousand years ago. This work will culminate in an exhibition at the Tang Teaching Museum, April 17–28, featuring a life-size reconstruction of the mural chamber. The result of Hurst’s faculty residency will be an exhibition opening in June 2018 with a bilingual museum catalog and teaching materials at the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Guatemala City, which will be the permanent home of the San Bartolo mural corpus.
Hurst’s interdisciplinary work facilitates dialogue between archaeologists, materials scientists, conservators, and art historians, and at the same time disseminates images that engage both academics and the public in the study of Maya culture. Her work has been published in National Geographic, Science, Antiquity, and the New York Times, and exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. Hurst was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2004 and is currently a Guggenheim Fellow.