Course Development

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The Reinvent the PhD/H, Connected Academics project at Georgetown is pleased to provide a number of faculty stipends for the development of graduate courses that consider the relationship between doctoral education in the humanities and the value of the humanities to the world at large. 

Connected Academics is a national, Mellon/MLA funded project aimed at preparing doctoral students in the humanities to be influential in a diversity of careers. At Georgetown, the project is focused on exploring ways to combine the strengths of scholarly training in the humanities with the experience of applying scholarly training in work environments beyond the university. The goal is to reinvent doctoral education in the humanities by expanding intellectual discourse beyond the university, by cultivating dialogues with public intellectuals and specialists in non-academic areas, and by expanding the curriculum with training in the methods, practices and skills associated with the public humanities.

The course development stipends are intended to support faculty who wish to redesign or augment an existing graduate course in the humanities or design a new one in order to connect scholarly training in the discipline with preparing graduate students for public engagement and non-academic intellectual work. Faculty will meet in a small group three times during the spring semester to think together about the role that humanities doctoral education can play in public intellectual work outside the academy. Together we will develop a list of sources and opportunities for students that faculty members may integrate into their existing courses or programs.  Our efforts will culminate in a capstone event at TLISI in June. 

We are seeking the development of up to 8 courses this semester. Awards will be $1000. 

If you would like to participate, please submit a short description of the work you’d like to do by January 3 to The proposal need be no more than one page long, can include a short narrative description of the course and address questions you would like to explore about how training in the public humanities will be integrated into the course. Those who wish to develop entirely new courses as well as revise current courses are encouraged to apply. 

We have put to together a short list of background readings and links to already existing courses that you might find helpful for preparing a proposal.