Department of Anthropology

May 10: Application Deadline for The Project in Interpreting the Texas Past Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship

Mon, April 9, 2007

The Project in Interpreting the Texas Past Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship Sponsored by the University of Texas Intellectual Entrepreneurship Program, and the Houston Endowment*

The University of Texas Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium and the Houston Endowment are pleased to announce the third of three Scholar-in-Residence Fellowships for the Project in Interpreting the Texas Past.

The three twelve month scholar-in-residence fellowships support senior graduate students in researching and developing interpretive programs for selected Texas museums, historic sites, and schools. The first Scholar-in-Residence focused on Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site from June 1, 2003-July 31, 2004; the second Scholar-in-Residence focused on curriculum projects for minority youth in Texas from July 1, 2005-August 1, 2006.

The 2007-08 scholar will focus on developing public programs on diversity, working primarily with oral histories of African Americans in Austin. At the beginning of the scholar’s tenure, Project Director Dr. Martha Norkunas will develop a scope of work in consultation with the scholar, clearly articulating what the scholar will do during the twelve month tenure. Dr. Norkunas will supervise the student’s work, facilitate implementation, and act as a contact with University and community organizations. The scholar’s work will be evaluated by a team composed of Dr. Norkunas, UT faculty and graduate students, and the Houston Endowment.

The scholar will engage with the more than fifty in-depth oral history interviews conducted with African Americans in Austin, and produce a series of public programs based on the oral histories. These programs may include, but are not limited to: web sites, radio programs, documentaries, performances, school programs, booklets, curriculum materials, and public discussions. The scholar may also conduct additional oral history interviews with African Americans in Austin on high quality audio and video, although creating public programs based on the interviews previously conducted is the focus of the fellowship.

This fellowship is open to students who have participated in the Project in Interpreting the Texas Past graduate seminars, “Cultural Representations of the Past,” and “Oral Narrative as History,” or outstanding students with equivalent experience. Award decisions will be made by a committee composed of Dr. Martha Norkunas, Dr. Richard Cherwitz, Director of the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium, and other professionals. While it is not a requirement Fellowship, preference will be given to students who will use the fellowship year for dissertation research.

The Project in Interpreting the Texas Past Scholar-in-Residence will receive a salary of $25,000, benefits, a small travel and supply allowance, as well as access to high quality audio and video equipment.

Interested applicants should submit the following materials:

1. A narrative of up to five double spaced pages describing outstanding projects that are primarily based on oral histories, or that incorporate issues of diversity.

2. A one page bibliography of scholarly literature, films, and internet sites relating to diversity and oral history.

3. A three page double spaced statement outlining the applicant’s qualifications, focusing on projects the applicant is interested in developing during the fellowship year.

4. The applicant’s c.v.

5. Supporting materials as appropriate. These may include a short video based on an oral history, a brochure incorporating oral history, or other materials relating to oral history and diversity. Submission of support materials is not mandatory.

6. Two letters of recommendation commenting on the applicant’s ability to work with oral history and diversity topics, ability to develop creative projects, and ability to complete projects on time.

The fellowship committee will select the Scholar-in-Residence based on the following criteria:

1. The potential of the applicant to create a series of meaningful public programs that address issues of diversity and oral history. 2. The potential of the applicant to involve students and community members in the projects. 3. The ability of the applicant to do thoughtful and creative research and analysis. 4. The ability of the applicant to implement the programs at libraries, universities, schools, museums and historic sites in Austin and around Texas and to work with those institutions so that they continue the programs after the completion of the scholar’s tenure. 5. The ability of the applicant to complete a series of public programs in the time frame allotted. 6. The ability of the applicant to make a significant contribution to the development of educational and cultural materials and programs for children.

Three copies of all application materials are due in the College of Communications, Department of Communication Studies, Building A, 7.114, A1105, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, Attention Dr. Richard Cherwitz and Dr. Martha Norkunas, by 4 pm on Thursday, May 10, 2007.

Application Details The Project in Interpreting the Texas Past Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship Application announcement: Monday, April 9, 2007 Applications due: Thursday, May 10, 2007 Award announcement: Monday, May 21, 2007 Fellowship period: September 4, 2007-August 29, 2008 (dates flexible) Stipend: $25,000, plus benefits, travel allowance, supply allowance, access to high quality digital video and audio recording equipment.

*With support from the University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts, College of Communications, College of Fine Arts, Information School, and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

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