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Academics

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.

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

  • Anna Ornstein, Holocaust survivor - April 22, 2013
  • Dr. Debora Halbert, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa - May 17, 2013


Click here to see a list of past visiting Humanities scholars.

Awards
The committee funds summer writing awards that recognize faculty who are engaged in turning their research into publications, and who devote their summers to working on articles, book chapters, and monographs.

Partnerships
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
Aegis
 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.

Forms for Faculty

Faculty can access Humanities forms here.

/ Office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs is located in Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St.

Office Hours

M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (summer)

Main

p / 614.823.1556

Miguel Martinez-Saenz
VPAA, Provost
p/ 614.823.1556
e/ Email
(Contact Barb Wilcox for appointments)

Wendy Sherman Heckler
Associate VPAA and Dean of University Programs
p/ 614.823.3395
e/ Email
(Contact Alma Holl for appointments)

Kate Lehman
Assistant Dean, Office of Student Success
p/ 614.823.1624
e/ klehman@otterbein.edu

Marla Garcia

Executive Assistant to the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
p/ 614.823.1574
e/ mgarcia@otterbein.edu

Alma Holl
Assistant to the AVPAA, Dean of Academic Services
p/ 614.823.1573
e/ aholl@otterbein.edu

Katherine Reichley
Assistant to the AVPAA, Accreditation & Assessment
p/ 614.823.1173
e/ kreichley@otterbein.edu

Gretchen Sasfy
Special Projects Assistant
p/ 614.823.1550
e/ gsasfy@otterbein.edu

Barb Wilcox
Administrative Assistant
p/ 614.823.1556
e/ bwilcox@otterbein.edu