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Applications are due by January 8, 2018
Submit via Interfolio ID: 25997

The Dresher Center for the Humanities at UMBC – the University of Maryland, Baltimore County invites applications for Visiting Faculty Fellowships as part of its new Inclusion Imperative Programs. Funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Inclusion Imperative is a five-year initiative to support diversity and inclusion in humanities scholarship and curriculum. Fellowships will be awarded to scholars who are committed to diversity in the academy and to the advancement of groups historically underrepresented in the professoriate. Fellows will spend one semester or one academic year advancing their research while in residence at the Dresher Center. The Dresher Center provides research support and collegial conversation in a robust humanities center environment that includes public events and symposia, grants workshops, works-in-progress talks, and internal residential faculty and graduate student fellowships.

Visiting Fellows will be awarded a stipend of up to $50,000 for salary support for one academic year (or $25,000 for one semester) and up to $2,500 for research or travel-related expenses. They will have access to an office and to administrative and research development services in the Dresher Center, as well as to the Albin O. Kuhn Library and other UMBC events and facilities.

Visiting Fellows will be invited to speak in the Dresher Center’s Humanities Forum, attend events and seminars, participate in workshops, and take part in the activities of faculty affinity groups and departments. Fellows may also join programs offered by UMBC’s Faculty Development Center (FDC). They will be invited to participate in the Inclusion Imperative’s component programs, the regional Diversity Teaching Network in the Humanities and Humanities Teaching Labs. To broaden and deepen the exchange between the Visiting Fellows and the campus community, each Visiting Fellow will be paired with a UMBC faculty partner with shared research and/or teaching interests (these need not be in the same discipline). Fellows and UMBC partners will meet regularly throughout the fellowship period and will be encouraged to develop a joint research or curricular project to be implemented after the fellowship period. No teaching will be required.

Applicants should submit a short proposal describing a humanities research or scholarly project they intend to pursue during the fellowship period and a statement on their commitment to diversity in the humanities. See the Application Guidelines for more information.

The program will give serious consideration to candidates who demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • A commitment to diversity in their humanities research, teaching methods, and/or curricular perspectives
  • The ability to work with diverse constituencies
  • A record of sustained interaction with students, colleagues, and/or community members with broadly different perspectives, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, socioeconomic circumstances or other backgrounds
  • The ability to bridge divides and/or work with others who are different from the candidate in key ways
  • Experience in building opportunities for students, colleagues and/or community members
    to gain knowledge from multi-cultural, multi-perspective settings
  • A commitment to helping universities become more diverse and inclusive

Projects focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning or in public humanities, as well as more traditional forms of scholarly research, are welcome.


The UMBC community redefines excellence in higher education through an inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. We advance knowledge, economic prosperity, and social justice by welcoming and inspiring inquisitive minds from all backgrounds. (UMBC Vision Statement, Diversity and Inclusion Resources, 2017)

The Inclusion Imperative Visiting Faculty Fellowship Program welcomes applications from full-time faculty pursuing humanities-based research at colleges and universities in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia who are committed to diversity in the academy and to the advancement of groups historically underrepresented in the professoriate. Faculty from all ranks, including tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenured may apply.

Faculty will be in residence in the Dresher Center for the Humanities at UMBC for a period of either one semester or one academic year and will receive a salary support stipend of up to $50,000 (one year) or $25,000 (one semester). This regional program does not provide funds for housing and transportation; however, each fellow will receive a research grant of up to $2,500 that may be used for research or travel-related expenses. The fellow’s home institution will agree to provide the fellow with a full release from teaching and service duties during the fellowship period, and will allow the fellow to participate in program activities in the following year.

How to Apply

Full consideration will be given to those applicants who submit all materials  through the Inclusion Imperative Program’s Faculty Fellowship Interfolio portal by 11:59 P.M. EST on January 8, 2018.  A complete submission will consist of:

  1. Two Application Forms
  2. Curriculum Vitae (4-5 pages)
  3. Two letters of reference. (Please provide contacts, titles, and affiliations for 2 referees; letters to be uploaded directly to Interfolio by January 15, 2018)
  4. Letter of nomination from the applicant’s institution (at the dean’s, or equivalent, level), indicating its endorsement of the application and its agreement to provide the necessary fellowship release time and the opportunity for continuing activities in the post-fellowship year (Please provide contact, and titles for administrator; letter to be uploaded directly to Interfolio by January 15, 2018)
  5. Humanities Research or Scholarly Project Proposal (up to 3 single-spaced pages)
  6. Bibliography (1-2 pages)

Click here for the Application Guidelines. Please send questions to

Applications will be reviewed by the Inclusion Imperative Program’s Fellowship Selection Committee. Awards will be announced in spring 2018.