The Humanities Center coordinates several programs to support faculty research, promote publication, and bring public and institutional attention to important faculty work.  

The Book Proposal Workshop gathers an interdisciplinary group of scholars to collaborate on new book projects.  Faculty at all ranks and career stages are eligible.  Among the most popular Humanities Center programs, the workshop began in 2014, when 17 faculty members in three divisions took the workshop with Drew Cayton, Distinguished Professor of History.  A dozen later received individual consultations with Robert Lockhart, Senior Acquisitions Editor at the University of Pennsylvania Press.  In 2016, twelve faculty members took the workshop with Mary Jean Corbett, Distinguished Professor of English, and later met with Peter J. Potter, Editor-in-Chief of Cornell University Press.  In 2017, the Book Proposal Workshop was open only to junior scholars and was called "From Dissertation to Book." 

In some years, the Book Proposal Workshops is not offered so the the Center can offer programs on Writing for the Public or Digital Humanities methods.  .  



Call for Applications to the January 2018 Workshop

The Book Proposal Workshop is open to all full-time faculty in the humanities, broadly construed.  Visiting faculty are eligible, though priority will be given to tenure-line faculty. Application is simple: please  submit a c.v. and a brief (one-paragraph) statement describing your book project and your interest in the program.  In your statement, please indicate your position and years of service at Miami and the current status of your project.  In selecting participants, the Humanities Center Steering Committee will consider scholarly record, progress on the project, and career stage.  Applications are due Friday, December 1, 2017 to humanitiesgrants@miamioh.edu.  Please write “Book Proposal Workshop” in the subject heading of your message.

Selected participants agree to submit to the Humanities Center a draft book proposal of at least 4 single-spaced pages by 5 p.m. Sunday, January 7, 2018.  All proposals will be circulated shortly thereafter to members of the workshop for review and critique.  Participants are expected to provide detailed written and oral feedback on all other proposals. 

The workshop will meet Tuesday, January 16 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, January 17 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Tuesday's session will begin with a lunch at which participants can get to know each other, and Wednesday's session will concluded with a reception and a presentation on humanities grant applications.  Applicants should keep open Thursday, January 18 as a make day in the event of snow.

Participants will later be invited to meet one-on-one with an editor at a major humanities press, usually in February.  Participants are expected to attend the editor's public presentation.  The editor visits as a consultant only and not as an editor soliciting material for publication.  



In 2017, the Faculty Publishing Program was entitled "From Dissertation to Book."  Topics covered included the transition from dissertation to book, the creation and submission of a first book  proposal, contacting and working with editors, and repurposing the book proposal for grant applications. All members of the workshop received detailed feedback on their proposals (and, to some extent, on their books) from peers and the workshop coordinator.  Participants also received $250 to support their research.

"From Dissertation to Book" was coordinated by Steve Conn, W. E. Smith Professor of History. The workshop met from January 17 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and January 18 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Tuesday's session began with a lunch at which participants could get to know each other, and Thursday's session concluded with a reception and a presentation on humanities grant applications. 

Participants who completed the workshop received a one-on-one consulation with Nancy Toff, Executive Editor at Oxford University Press, on either Thursday, February 9, or Friday, February 10.