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"Vocations Of the Christian Professor" Workshop

This program will consist of a three-week, on-campus workshop, summer readings and a pedagogy project, and a fall follow-up. This summerís program will focus on the topic of integration of faith and learning, and will provide practical instruction on how faculty can make that happen in their classrooms.

Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning Research Fellowships

Description: One of the Weyerhaeuser Center’s aims is to enable Whitworth faculty to produce high-quality Christian scholarship and facilitate interaction with other scholars throughout the world. To that end, up to five summer research fellowships are offered to encourage scholarship that attempts to model the integration of faith and learning.

In 2015, the Whitworth faculty endorsed a model of integration that focused on four areas:

  1. Vocation
  2. Ethics
  3. Disciplinary assumptions
  4. The interrelationship between Faith and Culture

Preference will be given to those applications that focus upon one or more of the four areas of integration.

Each project should propose dissemination in ...

(a) a secular disciplinary journal (for example, American Historical Review, American Psychologist, Journal of Social Issues);

(b) a Christian academic journal of faith and learning (e.g., Journal of Psychology and Theology, Christian Scholar’s Review, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith);

(c) a secular or Christian popular magazine aimed at a readership of educated laypersons (e.g., Christianity Today, Books and Culture, First Things, The New Republic, Atlantic Monthly); or

(d) a secular or Christian publishing house.

Applicants from the performing or creative arts are encouraged to submit projects proposing dissemination through a juried performance or exhibition. Scholarship related to aesthetics from a Christian perspective, to be submitted to a secular or Christian journal, is also encouraged.

Applicants must be prepared to devote six weeks to full-time research during the summer of 2016  (they should assume no teaching or administrative responsibilities during the period of the research fellowship). These fellowships require submission of a manuscript to a journal or publisher, or submission of a performing or creative-arts project for a juried performance or exhibition, during AY 2016-17, and prior to July 1, 2017. Applicants must also be prepared to present the results of their research in Faculty Scholarship Forum during AY 2016-17.

Selection Criteria and Procedure: The fellowship committee will review each proposal and evaluate the proposals based on the potential scholarly significance of the project, the degree to which the proposal meets the highest standards of scholarly quality, the scholarly promise of the researcher as indicated by the quality of previous work, and the impact of Christian thinking on the proposal. Applicants will be notified of the results of the competition no later than April 15, 2016.

Due Date: All application materials must be received by the Weyerhaeuser Center by April 1, 2016.

Eligibility: Fellowships are open to all Whitworth faculty on continuing contracts (senior, junior, tenured, non-tenured) in all academic disciplines. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Consideration also will be given for exceptional proposals from lecturers. 

Only faculty who received summer research fellowships from the center in 2015 and faculty who received a 2015 Faculty Faith and Scholarship Award are ineligible to apply. (Faculty are eligible to apply for the Weyerhaeuser Center and FRD fellowships, but they will be able to receive just one of these two awards.)

Amount:  Each of these three fellowships carries a $2,000 stipend. The first $1,500 of the stipend will be awarded in June 2016. The remaining $500 will be awarded upon submission of the project for publication or exhibition during AY 2016-2017, and prior to July 1, 2017. Recipients must provide proof of submission to Dale Soden, director of the Weyerhaeuser Center.

Procedure:      Applicants must submit...

  1. a cover letter describing the research proposal of 1,500 words or less;
  2. a curriculum vitae.

The research proposal should explain the planned research or grant submission, with reference to the important literature on the subject; should describe the anticipated publication(s) or proposal; and should indicate how a Christian faith perspective informs the planned research. 

Contact: Any additional questions should be directed to Dale Soden, Ph.D., Whitworth University Department of History (dsoden@whitworth.edu; 509.777.4433 (x4433)). 

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