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Faculty workshops

Advancing Humanities Research

Each year, the Humanities Center runs programs to help faculty develop their scholarship, publish it, and explain its value to society. The center's workshops address topics such as communicating with public audiences, developing grant proposals, new digital methods, and publishing. We also host events such as New Books at Miami, where faculty authors can present new work to the community.

Faculty Writing Workshop

Community for Writers

This program helps faculty improve a writing project, gain insight into the writing process, learn about the work of colleagues, and form long-term writing partnerships.

In winter 2024, the program will be coordinated by Professor Erik Jensen (History). Over the course of two days, the workshop will offer participants a detailed peer review of work-in-progress write, revise, brainstorm, process feedback, and problem-solve.  The workshop will run from 9 a.m.- noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on January 23 and January 24, 2024. Breakfast, lunch, coffee, and snacks will be provided. Participants who complete the program will receive $400 in research funding.

Please consult the Faculty Writing Workshop page for further information, applications guidelines, and application deadlines.

Book Proposal Workshops

Helping Faculty Scholars Publish New Research

Among the most popular Humanities Center programs, the BookProposal Workshop has helped more than 70 Miami University faculty members refine book projects and ready them for submission to a press.  
The program begins with an intense, two-day workshop.  After receiving feedback on a draft book proposal, participants revise their proposal and the HumanitiesCenter shares it a senior visiting editor at a major scholarly press.  The editor then visits campus to give a lecture on scholarly publishing and provide one-on-one consultations with each participant in the workshop.  In addition to this feedback, participants also receive $250 in research funding. 

The Book Proposal Workshop began in 2014 and has been offered numerous times since. Seventeen faculty members from three divisions participated in the inaugural workshop run by Drew Cayton, Distinguished Professor of History, and later received individual consultations with Robert Lockhart, Senior Acquisitions Editor at the University of Pennsylvania Press.  In 2016, twelve faculty members worked with Mary Jean Corbett, Distinguished Professor of English, and later met with Peter J. Potter, Editor-in-Chief of Cornell University Press. In 2017, a special workshop for junior scholars, "From Dissertation to Book," was chaired by Steven Conn, W. E. Smith Professor of History, and featured a visit by Nancy Toff of Oxford University Press. In 2018 the workshop was chaired by Elaine Miller, Professor of Philosophy, and concluded with a visit by Courtney Berger of Duke UniversityPress. In 2019, it was coordinated by Jonathan Strauss, Professor of French, and featured a visit by Tom Lay of Fordham University Press. In 2022, the workshop was led by Andrew Casper, Professor of Art History, and concluded with a visit by Douglas Armato, Director of the University of Minnesota Press. Participants have routinely praised the workshop as an essential aid in refining their ideas and assisting with publication, tenure, and promotion.  

The program is not offered every year. Please consult the Faculty Opportunities page for information about when the program is running and for application deadlines.

Writing for the Public Workshops

Bringing Important Findings to a Wide Audience

This program helps faculty members communicate their work to non-scholarly audiences. The workshop includes practical exercises, information on pitching and crafting articles and book manuscripts, and collaborative discussion of participant writing. Participants leave the workshop with a short article ready for submission or a major proposal ready to pitch.

Writing for the Public was first offered in 2016 by Priscilla Wald, Professor of English and Women's Studies at Duke University, and frequent public commentator on medical humanities issues. Ten Miami University faculty members worked with Wald on op-ed pieces and then attended her lecture, "Cell Lines to Bioslaves: Biotechnology and the Politics of Health."

In 2020, the workshop was led by Christopher Schaberg, Dorothy Harrell Brown Distinguished Professor of English at Loyola University of New Orleans and author of numerous books. Schaberg is founding co-editor of  Object Lessons--a series of books about objects such as bread, refrigerators, neckties, and sewing needles--and the leader of a national series of NEH Institutes on public writing.

In 2022-2023, the program allowed 20 faculty members to attend a two-day virtual workshop hosted by the Op-Ed Project. Participants then critiqued each other's essays in a workshop coordinated by Professor Kimberly Hamlin in early March. Participants received $250 in professional expenses.

To date, nearly 20 program participants have published articles in high profile newspapers and online journals such as The Conversation, The New York Times, and  The Washington Post.

The program is not offered every year. Please consult the Faculty Opportunities page for information about when the program is running and for application deadlines.

Grant Development Workshops

Helping Faculty Secure External Funding for their Scholarship

The Humanities Center Grant Development Workshops aim to increase external funding for individual and collaborative faculty projects.

The inaugural workshop was coordinated in January 2021 by Mary Jean Corbett, Distinguished Professor of English. Fourteen faculty members participated, including two  collaborative project teams. They met for two intense days of  proposal review. Each received $250 in research funding and a proposal review from Fred Winter, Senior Program Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities. Teams developing collaborative applications also received up to $2,000 to plan on-campus events related to their research proposal.

The 2021 Grant Development Workshop also included an initial information session explaining university policies related to humanities grants and a talk by Fred Winter on how to identify and secure significant external funding to support humanities research.  

This program is not offered every year. Please consult the Faculty Opportunities page to for information about when the program is running and for application deadlines.

Digital Methods Workshops

Deploying New Tools for Cultural Analysis

The digital methods workshop allows humanities scholars to explore new ways of studying, visualizing, and analyzing human experience. The 2016 workshop took place in Miami's Geographic Information Science laboratory, where faculty members worked on ways of mapping complex historical and cultural data sets. Participants have used mapping technology in subsequent research and digital humanities projects.

This program is not offered most years. Please consult the Faculty Opportunities page to for information about when this program is running and for application deadlines.