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Humanities Advisory Committee

Otterbein's Humanities programming began in 1984 when we were one of thirteen colleges and universities, nationwide, to receive a 1984 Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Our Humanities Advisory Committee (HAC) allocates the income from this endowment to supporting activities and publications in the area of humanities through classes, speakers, awards, and more.

Humanities Funding and Award Opportunities for Faculty

Co-Sponsored Programs Grant
With this grant, the Humanities Advisory Committee (HAC) will help support humanities-related events and programs on campus. The HAC will cover up to half of the total budget for the event or program. These funds can, for example, help to pay the costs of bringing a speaker to campus; partially cover the costs of a student publication; assist in covering the costs of a film discussion group or book club. There is no deadline for the submission of this proposal, though funds will be spent as applications are approved.

Faculty-Student Enrichment Experiences Grant
With this grant, the HAC will help support Humanities faculty who wish to provide enrichment experiences for their students. The HAC will provide grant money to support activities in which faculty and students are engaging together in humanities-related activities beyond the Otterbein campus. For more information about deadlines and other details, please click the above link.

Humanities Travel Funds
These funds help support travel to humanities-related conferences. All part-time and full-time faculty members are eligible to apply. Click the link for more details including deadlines.

Humanities Faculty Project Grants
These funds help support faculty research in the humanities. Though it is not the only way to use these funds, they have supported faculty travel to archives around the world, and other sorts of humanities projects which have required large cost. The deadline for the submission of proposals is usually in early January.

Summer Writing Awards 
The committee funds multiple awards to faculty who are engaged in professional development, conference attendance, research, and who are working to turn their research into publications by devoting their summers to working on articles, book chapters, and monographs. Read the summer writing awards proposal guidelines for more information.

Award opportunities for a nominated student:

The James Martin Humanities Award (This can be filled out in Microsoft Word or sent to the printer and filled out by hand.)

Additional Funding Information for Applicants

Other Humanities Advisory Committee Initiatives

The committee hosts speakers who give lectures, visit classrooms, and meet with interested faculty. 

The Humanities Advisory Committee partners with other campus groups and committees to support programming related to the humanities. The committee partners with academic departments to help support humanities-related activities such as trips to humanities-related cultural events or off-campus lectures for faculty and students.

The Chautauqua Institution
The Humanities Committee co-sponsors, along with the Integrative Studies Program, a three-day retreat for faculty at the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York. The topic of this retreat is the nature and value of a liberal arts education. This retreat enables faculty to have conversations about what a liberal art education is, why it is valuable, and how we can work to improve the education that our students receive.

Aegis Humanities Journal
 publishes scholarly student essays and book reviews that advance the presence and values of the humanities on campus and beyond.

What are the Humanities?

The Definition of the Humanities by The National Endowment for the Humanities

In the act that established the National Endowment for the Humanities, the term humanities included, but is not limited to, study of the following disciplines: history; philosophy; languages; linguistics; literature; archeology; jurisprudence; the history, theory, and criticism of the arts; ethics; comparative religion; and those aspects of the social sciences that employ historical or philosophical approaches.

Work in the creative or performing arts - such as the writing of fiction or poetry, painting, sculpture, musical composition or performance, acting, directing, and dance - is not eligible for support by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Those interested in support in these areas should write or call the National Endowment for the Arts. Critical, historical, and theoretical studies of the arts, however, are eligible for NEH support.

Studies in the social sciences that are historical or philosophical in approach or that involve questions of interpretation or criticism traditionally in the humanities are also eligible for NEH support, as are studies that use the disciplines of the humanities to interpret, analyze, or assess science and technology.

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