EXTENDED DEADLINE: Call for EH Course Development Proposals

The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities is now accepting proposals for course development to augment the offerings in our new minor in Environmental Humanities, slated to begin accepting students in Fall 2020. Proposals are being accepted in the following categories:

Transdisciplinary Environmental Humanities

Two-member teams of University of Pennsylvania faculty are invited to submit proposals for a new Spring 2021 course in Transdisciplinary Environmental Humanities, which will form a keystone in the minor curriculum. Priority will be given to teams with members hailing from distant disciplinary backgrounds (ie one faculty member from Humanities and one from Social Science or Natural Sciences; not near-neighbor fields such as art history and history) and course plans that prioritize disciplinary integration across an identified theme. Selections will be made based on approval and support from the department (as evidenced by a short letter of support from the department chair), the proposal's depth of disciplinary integration and its likelihood to interest a broad and diverse enrollment.

Selected proposals will receive $8000 to be split between the two-member team and paid out either as direct payments (less benefits contributions and subject to tax) or reimbursed research/teaching expenses (must be submitted before May 2021).

Proposals should include a 500-750 word description of the course, highlighting integrative work between multiple disciplines across the arts and sciences, and approval letters from the department chairs of both faculty members. 

If you have a course idea and would like help identifying other faculty interested in cross-disciplinary collaboration, we are happy to offer suggestions. Please email arenberg@sas.upenn.edu


Public Research/Community Engagement Courses

University of Pennsylvania faculty and staff are invited to submit proposals to create public engagement opportunities for existing or new broadly environmental courses, including place-based and urban studies courses. Such opportunities might include: field site visits, guest workshop facilitators from local communities, and/or funds to support public installations, performances or open access publications as part of course outcomes.

Selected proposals will receive $2000-3000 as reimbursed research/teaching expenses (must be submitted before May 2021).

Proposals should include a 500-750 word description of the course and public engagement element. Preference will be given to proposals evidencing existing relationships with community organizations or informal educational institutions beyond Penn.


For either opportunity, please submit your applications as a single PDF to arenberg@sas.upenn.edu by close of business on March 31, 2020. Selection will be made by April 1, 2020.


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