FACULTY PUBLISHING PROGRAM
The Humanities Center coordinates several programs to support faculty research, promote publication, and bring public and institutional attention to important faculty work.
In 2017, the Faculty Publishing Program is entitled "From Dissertation to Book." Topics covered include 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 will receive detailed feedback on their proposals (and, to some extent, on the books they describe) from peers and the workshop coordinator. Participants also receive $250 to support their research.
In 2017, the Book Proposal Workshop will be coordinated by Steve Conn, W. E. Smith Professor of History. The workshop will meet from January 17 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and January 18 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 Thursdays will conclude with a reception and a presentation on humanities grant applications. (Interested faculty are asked to reserve the same time Thursday, January 19 to be used in the event of bad weather).
Participants who complete the workshop will have the opportunity to receive a one-on-one consulation with Nancy Toff, Executive Editor at Oxford University Press, on either Thursday, February 9, or Friday, February 10.
Call for Applications to the January 2017 Workshop
The Dissertation to Book 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 December 2, 2016 to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 9, 2017. 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.
Participants will later be invited to meet one-on-one with Nancy Toff, Executive Editor at Oxford University Press, on either Thursday, February 9, or Friday, February 10. Participants are expected to attend Ms. Toff's presentation on scholarly book publishing, Thursday, February 9 at 4 p.m. Please note that Ms. Toff is visiting as a consultant only and not as an editor soliciting material for publication.
The Book Proposal Workshop gathers an interdisciplinary group of scholars to collaborate on new book projects. In 2014, 17 faculty members in three divisions took the workshop with Drew Cayton, Distinguished Professor of History, and 12 received individual consultations with Robert Lockhart, Senior Acquisitions Editor at the University of Pennsylvania Press. Participants rated the experience very highly. In 2016, 12 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.