Saturday, July 30, 2011

Small but important new link: CHASS Research and Engagement News

A new link has been added to the right-hand side of this page. This link is to the CHASS Research and Engagement News blog, managed by Lauren Kirkpatrick, CHASS's director of communication. I strongly encourage you to visit the blog at CHASS Research and Engagement News and sign up for email news from the College. Here you will learn about the fruits of our colleagues efforts and see just how active and engaged this faculty really is!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Defense and Security Research Workshop, August 3

There will be a workshop on DoD funded defense and security-related research on August 3 in Greensboro.  If you are interested in attending, you will need to register for the workshop at this link. Please contact me at if you would like to attend, and I will send you the password.

Any and all interested faculty and researchers from the UNC system are welcome to register.   Contact Kathie Sidner ( or 703-201-3099) with any questions.

Latest update on PIRE

The NSF posted the announcement for the PIRE competition, as follows.

Please note that this is a limited submission program, and that CHASS faculty will likely want to partner with an already-emerging team. If you or your colleagues have any interest, I can connect you with the teams.

Also please note that there will be a webinar on PIRE on July 28, but the details have not been released. If you pursue the PIRE, you and your team will want to monitor the website for details. A short summary of the solicitation follows the jump.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

PIRE Update

The PIRE (Program in International Research and Education) announcement posted earlier this month is in a state of some flux, with no full RFP having been issued. It's important to note that the PIRE program is a limited submission program, so only one team (I think) will be allowed to submit for NCSU. But Carol Ashcraft assures me that CHASS participation on one of the proposing teams would be very welcome. For more information, visit

If you're interested, let me know and I can help put you in touch with a team if you aren't already on one. If you are on one, please let me know just so that I can keep track. Thanks.

Monday, July 18, 2011

New COS Pivot research funding tool now at NC State

Carol Ashcraft shared this note with the NCSU funding listserv. I realize that Community of Science (COS) is often not that useful for social scientists and humanists, but it has become much more useful in the past four years, and I have found interesting opportunities there, many of which I share with you on this blog. So taking this new tool for a test drive might be a good idea. Here's Carol's note, after the jump:

Alaska Humanities Forum: COS Funding Opportunities Search

This one is a long shot, I know, but I couldn't help sharing with CHASS colleagues because I grew up in Alaska, and am rather fond of the Alaska Humanities Forum. They are an important part of the cultural life of Alaskans, and I share this on the off chance that someone on our faculty has some familiarity with Alaskan culture. The range of topics is huge, and includes both social science and humanities disciplines, I'd be thrilled to see someone from CHASS apply to do some work in Alaska, and could help to the extent I can those who are less familiar with the state.

More information is at COS Funding Opportunities Search, or from

Laura Schue, Grants Officer

AddressAlaska Humanities Forum
421 West First Avenue, Suite 300
CountryUnited States

NEH Digital Humanities Opportunity - Find Grant Opportunities - Opportunity Synopsis


"The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites applications to the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program. This program is designed to encourage innovations in the digital humanities. By awarding relatively small grants to support the planning stages, NEH aims to encourage the development of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities. Proposals should be for the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in any area of the humanities."

See full details at the link above, and, of course, let us know if we can help you to apply for this funding. - OISE - Funding - Partnerships for International Research and Education - US National Science Foundation (NSF) - OISE - Funding - Partnerships for International Research and Education - US National Science Foundation (NSF)

Updated July 19. See newest post.

The following news comes directly from the NSF, and is also available at the link in the headline. If anyone is interested in pursuing this opportunty, likely in collaboration with colleagues from CALS, Engineering, or other colleges, please let me know. I know two of the program officers involved, one from Engineering and another from Social, Behavioral, or Economic Sciences, so I could he helpful in establishing contacts.

The full note is available at the link above, or after the jump here.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Congratulations to two CHASS faculty with recently announced research grant awards!

One reason I wanted to establish the CHASS research blog is to share good news about faculty who have successfully won grants, fellowships, and other resources and recognition for their outstanding research. I am pleased to be able to report two items of news:

  • John Wall, in the Department of English, has won a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), on "New Methods of Documenting the Past: Recreating Public Preaching at Paul's Cross, London, in the Post-Reformation Period."
  • David Gilmartin, in the Department of History, received a fellowship from Stanford Humanities Center for 2011-12 to complete a book exploring the history and meaning of voting in India over the last century.

More news and details will likely emerge from both of these fascinating projects in the coming months, and we will share it with you. Congratulations to John and David!

Monday, July 11, 2011

July 26-27--Professional Development and Training: North American Program Planning and Policy Academy

The North American Program Planning and Policy Academy (NAPPPA) will be sponsoring an Academic Research Funding Strategy Session at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC on July 26 - 27, 2011.  

I am taking this announcement down from the CHASS Blog. I have been assured by research administration folks here at NCSU that this organization provides services, at a substantial fee, that are largely replicated by our own capacities at NCSU. Any member of the faculty can avail themselves of these services.

If you get similar advertisements for grant writing and professional development, please submit them to the CHASS REEED office. We can assess their value and, where necessary, provide information about alternatives.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Opportunities in the Humanities from the American Council of Learned Societies

Carol Ashcraft sent me this note, which should be of considerable interest to humanities scholars. Please share widely with your colleagues.

The American Council of Learned Societies has announced three currently active fellowship opportunities for faculty, listed below with links directly to the ACLS program pages. In addition, ACLS has announced an increase in its fellowship stipends in the 2011-12 competition:
Stipends awarded in 2011-12 will be $65,000 for full professors, $45,000 for associate professors, and $35,000 for assistant professors.

title: Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars 
sponsor: American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) 
amount: $75,000.00 
deadline: September 28, 2011 

title: ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships 
sponsor: American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
amount: $140,000.00 
deadline: September 28, 2011 

title: ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships 
amount: $85,000.00 
deadline: September 28, 2011

For more information on all ACLS opportunities and other faculty award opportunities, see this corrected link: .

Future Tech Jobs: We Need Social Science Graduates - Rawn Shah - Connected Business - Forbes

Future Tech Jobs: We Need Social Science Graduates - Rawn Shah - Connected Business - Forbes

Found this fascinating article today about how innovative organizations realize the value of social scientists, particularly in social network analysis. I think this is a useful response to the idea that the social sciences (and the humanities) are irrelevant to innovation and economic growth.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Summer Newsletter from the Center for Family and Community Engagement

I'm pleased to share a link to the Summer Newsletter from the Center for Family and Community Engagement (CFACE). CFACE is a stellar center and an important part of NC State's engagement work, so I invite you to learn more about their work from the newsletter, and to visit their website,

News and Opportunities from the Social Science Research Council

The SSRC has posted its latest council update. It contains important news and opportunities for social scientists, including open competitions for these SSRC programs:

News from the National Humanities Alliance

As we all know, funding for the humanities is taking a beating in the federal budget. The latest news from the National Humanities Center has details.

But there is some good news in their latest news, in the form of Opportunities for Humanities Funding. Many of these opportunities will be attractive to humanities faculty