College of Liberal Arts

Q&A

 

  1. Do you have an operating definition of the humanities?

  2. The HRA does not fund long term lodging, but how long is the maximum?

  3. What happens if the application exceeds the page limits stated in the Guidelines?

  4. What is the HRA application process for faculty members with split appointments within COLA?

  5. What is the award period for the 2019-2020 Humanities Research Award?

  6. If a faculty member has another award for the HRA award period, are the awards combined in some form? Are they mutually exclusive?

  7. Does the tenure process affect the distribution of the HRA?
  8. If my project includes a significant visual component (e.g. film, still images), will my application be fully considered by the HRA application review committee?

  9. Do HRA award funds expire?

  10. Can HRA award funds be rolled over for use the next year?

  11. Do faculty who leave UT get to keep the award?


1. Do you have an operating definition of the humanities? 

For the purpose of this award, the focus is on the written text as a record of the human experience.  We have awarded occasional HRAs to faculty from the social sciences disciplines, but they all had the written text at the core of their work, and were interpretive/intuitive as opposed to empirical in their approach.

The NEH definition may help:

"The term 'humanities' includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life."
http://www.neh.gov/about

2. The HRA does not fund long-term lodging, but how long is the maximum? Say for example, a research trip to an archive that requires 12 weeks overseas. Is that too long to be funded?

The long-term lodging rule prevents recipients from using HRA funds to pay for housing during a time in residence at another institution. Because archival research is at the heart of the humanities, we often approve use of funds for domestic and overseas research trips of durations of up to three months.

3. What happens if the application exceeds the page limits stated in the Guidelines?

Pages in excess of the stated page limits will be removed from the application prior to review and scoring. The excess material will not be considered. In keeping with the space limitations, the use of hyperlinks is not permitted.

4. What is the HRA application process for faculty members with split appointments within the College of Liberal Arts? Should they apply through both, or just one?

Faculty members with split appointments within the College of Liberal Arts should apply through their primary departments. In the event that the appointment is split 50-50, the faculty member should apply through the department where the chair is most familiar with the applicant’s research and research trajectory.

5. What is the award period for the 2019-2020 Humanities Research Award?

The award period for the 2019-2020 award is December 2019 - August 2022.

6. If a faculty member has another award for the HRA award period, are the awards combined in some form? Are they mutually exclusive? 

The HRA is not affected by other awards, internal or external; we do not limit its distribution in that respect. You may need to report it to external funding agencies if such reporting is required. 

7. Does the tenure process affect the distribution of the HRA?

Yes. Awards to assistant professors who are being considered for promotion to associate professor will not be confirmed until the successful conclusion of the tenure process.

8. If my project includes a significant visual component (e.g. film, still images), will my application be fully considered by the HRA application review committee?

All completed applications submitted by the deadline will be fully considered by the review committee. However, it is the applicant’s responsibility to provide a strong case and convince the review committee that the project falls within the original goals of the Humanities Research Award.

 9. Do HRA award funds expire?

Yes. $5,000 is made available to the award recipient at the beginning of each academic year during the three-year grant award period. Any unused funds will roll back into the College budget at the end of the three-year award period.

10. Can HRA award funds be rolled over for use the next year?

HRA recipients are selected based on the strength of their projects. The College expects HRA funds to be spent within the year they are released, according to the budget proposal submitted with the application. If extenuating circumstances arise, the award recipient may contact our office to request a rollover, including a revised budget proposal and plan for use the following year.

11. Do faculty who leave UT get to keep the award?

No. Faculty who leave UT cannot use the award funds beyond their resignation or termination date.

 

 Please submit questions about the 2019-2020 competition to whittington@austin.utexas.edu