Public Scholarship / Community Engagement
Applications accepted for both fall and spring funding rounds.
Public Scholarship awards support humanities-based research, teaching, and engagement projects that promote dialogue, exchange, and collaboration between University of Washington scholars and the greater Seattle community, including community partners in educational, cultural, governmental, non-profit, and grassroots organizations.
Public Scholarship is a capacious category. It includes diverse forms of creating, transforming, or disseminating knowledge about, for, and with various publics and communities. Projects may yield plural public and academic artifacts (e.g. policy and planning recommendations; museum exhibitions and public performances; new curricula for courses or workshops; or book and journal articles).
The Simpson Center encourages Public Scholarship projects at all stages of development, from small-scale pilot partnerships to large-scale collaborations. Faculty members only are invited to apply as the lead on public scholarship projects. Funding awards do not cover summer salary or course buyouts during the academic year.
Previously funded examples include:
- Partnering with nonprofit and university educators to create an agenda for transforming higher education programs in prisons (Transformative Education Behind Bars)
- Bringing together scholars/archivists, musicians, media-makers, performers, artists, and activists to explore the role of women and popular music in the creation of cultural scenes and social justice movements in the Americas and beyond (Women Who Rock)
- Developing curriculum that has been serving high school students since 2000 through a university/high school collaboration (Texts and Teachers)
- Developing a major exhibition featuring original research in collaboration with a local museum (American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music)
- Developing an accessible web archive and curriculum via community-based research (Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project)
- See also the Barclay Simpson Prize for Scholarship in Public for a description of the shapes that public scholarship might take.
Criteria: Proposals will be evaluated for their intended outcomes and potential to contribute to scholarship, along with their fidelity to the values that underwrite authentic forms of collaboration and partnership: relationship-building, reciprocity, and mutual benefit; participation, transparency, and reflection; innovation, integration, and dialogue; cultural diversity and social equality. Projects must be led by UW faculty; the Simpson Center does not fund proposals submitted on behalf of organizations outside of UW.
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