Wednesday, August 27, 2014

National Gallery of Art Predoctoral Fellowships for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad, 2015–2016

Please note that your department must nominate you for these awards. CMCL students, please submit the writing sample and application letters required to Kathy by October 29th for ranking by the Graduate Affairs Committee (GAC).

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts offers up to four fellowships to doctoral students in art history who are studying aspects of art and architecture of the United States, including native and pre-Revolutionary America. This fellowship is for a period of four to six weeks of continuous travel abroad in areas such as Africa, Asia, or South America, as well as Europe, to sites of historical and cultural interest, including museums, exhibitions, collections, and monuments. The travel fellowship is intended to encourage a breadth of art-historical experience beyond the candidate's major field, not for the advancement of a dissertation. Preference will be accorded to those who have had little opportunity for research travel abroad. The amount of the award is dependent on the travel plan, with a maximum of $6,000. A narrative report at the conclusion of the travel period is required. Individuals currently affiliated with the National Gallery of Art are not eligible for this fellowship. Individuals may not apply for other fellowships at the Center while an application is pending or once a fellowship has been awarded.

Application for a travel fellowship may be made only through nomination by the chair of a graduate department of art history or other appropriate department. Each department may support two candidates. Department chairs must submit one letter of nomination listing all candidates nominated by the department. The nomination letter may be sent by e-mail as a PDF to casva@nga.gov. 

Nominees must submit an online application that includes a 500-word proposal outlining the objectives and feasibility of the travel plan; a separate, detailed itinerary, including a budget; and a curriculum vitae. The curriculum vitae should list any previous scholarly or professional travel. Two letters of support are required from professors who can evaluate the importance of this travel for the student's professional and intellectual development.

Applications must be submitted on or before November 15, 2014, for the period June 2015 through May 2016. They will be reviewed by a selection committee of scholars in American art. These fellowships may not be postponed or renewed.

Apply online for a Predoctoral Fellowship for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad


For information contact:
Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts
National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, Maryland 20785
Telephone: (202) 842-6482
Fax: (202) 789-3026
E-mail: casva@nga.gov


This announcement supersedes all previous information about the Predoctoral Fellowships for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad.

National Gallery of Art Predoctoral Dissertation Fellowship Program, 2015-2016


Please note that your department must nominate you for these awards. CMCL students, please submit the writing sample and application letters required to Kathy by October 29th for ranking by the Graduate Affairs Committee (GAC).

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts announces its annual program of support for advanced graduate research in the history, theory, and criticism of art, architecture, urbanism, and photographic media. Each of the following nine fellowships has specific requirements and intents, including support for the advancement and completion of a doctoral dissertation, and for residency and travel during the period of dissertation research. Application for a predoctoral dissertation fellowship may be made only through nomination by the chair of a graduate department of art history or other appropriate department. 

To be eligible, the nominee must have completed all departmental requirements, including course work, residency, and general and preliminary examinations, before November 15, 2014. Certification in two languages other than English is required. Candidates must be either United States citizens or enrolled in a university in the United States. 

David E. Finley Fellowship
One fellowship is awarded annually for 36 months. The first two years of the Finley Fellowship are intended for research and travel in Europe to visit collections, museums, monuments, and sites related to a well-advanced dissertation in Western art. During this two-year period, residency abroad is expected, for which travel funds are available. The third year is to be spent in residence at the Center to complete the dissertation and to perform curatorial work. Half of the year in residence will be devoted to a research project, designed to complement the subject of the dissertation, at the Gallery or other Washington-area collections. A primary requirement for this fellowship is that the candidate have a significant interest in curatorial work.

Paul Mellon Fellowship
One fellowship is awarded annually for 36 months. This fellowship is intended for the advancement and completion of a doctoral dissertation in Western art and to enable a candidate to reside abroad for two years to develop expertise in a specific city, locality, or region related to the dissertation. The third year is to be spent in residence at the Center to complete the dissertation.

Samuel H. Kress Fellowship
One fellowship is awarded annually for 24 months. This fellowship is intended for the advancement and completion of a doctoral dissertation in European art on a topic before the early 19th century. The Kress Fellow is expected to spend the first year of the fellowship period on dissertation research abroad and the second year at the Center to complete the dissertation, devoting half time to Gallery research projects designed to complement the subject of the dissertation and to provide curatorial experience.

Wyeth Fellowship
One fellowship is awarded annually for 24 months. This fellowship is intended for the advancement and completion of a doctoral dissertation that concerns aspects of American art. The Wyeth Fellow is expected to spend the first year of the fellowship period on dissertation research in the United States or abroad, and the second year at the Center to complete the dissertation. A new initiative of the Wyeth Foundation for American Art provides up to $5,000 in publication subvention for first-time authors.

Ittleson Fellowship
One fellowship is awarded annually for 24 months. This fellowship is intended for the advancement and completion of a doctoral dissertation in the visual arts in a field other than European or American art. The Ittleson Fellow is expected to spend the first year of the fellowship period on dissertation research abroad, and the second year at the Center to complete the dissertation. 

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship
One fellowship is awarded annually for 24 months. This fellowship is intended for the advancement and completion of a doctoral dissertation in a period through the 20th century and on a topic other than European or American art. Cross-cultural topics will also be considered, provided that at least one area of focus is a culture outside the European and American traditions. The Andrew W. Mellon Fellow is expected to spend the first year of the fellowship period on dissertation research abroad, and the second year at the Center to complete the dissertation. 

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellowship
One fellowship is awarded annually for 12 months. This fellowship is intended for the advancement or completion of either a doctoral dissertation or a resulting publication in Northern European art between 1400 and 1700. For a candidate preparing a publication based on the dissertation, the date of graduation may be as early as fall 2014. The Smith Fellow may use the fellowship to study either in the United States or abroad; there are no residence requirements at the Center.

Chester Dale Fellowships
Two fellowships are awarded annually: one for 24 months, the other for 12 months. The Twenty-Four-Month Chester Dale Fellowship is intended for the advancement or completion of a doctoral dissertation in any area of Western art, with a preference for modern and contemporary topics. The two-year Dale Fellow is expected to spend the first year on dissertation research either in the United States or abroad; the second year is to be spent in residence at the Center to complete the dissertation. The Twelve-Month Chester Dale Fellowship is intended for the advancement or completion of a doctoral dissertation in Western art. The one-year Dale Fellow may use the fellowship to study in the United States or abroad; there are no residence requirements at the Center.

The stipend for predoctoral dissertation fellowships is $25,000 per year. A housing allowance is available for fellows not in residence. Fellows in residence are provided with housing in apartments near the Gallery, subject to availability. In addition, predoctoral fellows receive allowances for travel and research-related materials, depending on the terms of the fellowship.

All fellows in residence are members of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. Fellows are in regular contact throughout their tenures at the Gallery with the Samuel H. Kress Professor, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor, the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor, the senior fellows, and other members of the Center.

Departments will limit nominations to one candidate for each category of fellowship; each individual may be nominated for one fellowship. Renominations will be accepted on the basis of revised application materials. Interested students should consult with the dissertation advisor and departmental chair to obtain nomination information. Department chairs must submit to the Center one letter of nomination listing all candidates nominated by the department. The nomination letter may be sent by e-mail as a PDF to casva@nga.gov. After the application deadline, any inquiries should be directed to the Center by the chair of the department and not by the candidate.

Online applications must be submitted by November 15, 2014. 

Nominees must submit an online application that includes a brief writing sample. Two letters of support from individuals who have directed the work of the nominee are required. One of the two letters of recommendation may be from outside the department. After a preliminary selection, several candidates for each fellowship will be invited to Washington in early February 2015 for interviews. Appointments will be announced following the spring meeting of the Trustees of the National Gallery of Art. All predoctoral dissertation fellowship grants begin on September 1, 2015. Predoctoral fellowships cannot be deferred or renewed.

Apply online for a Predoctoral Dissertation Fellowship

For information contact:
Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts
National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, Maryland 20785
Telephone: (202) 842-6482
Fax: (202) 789-3026
E-mail: casva@nga.gov


This announcement supersedes all previous information about the predoctoral fellowship program.

Students Travel Awards - The Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics



The Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics is pleased to announce two travel awards in the amount of $500.00 each to graduate students who are interested in social informatics. The travel awards aim to help defray costs associated with travel to present a paper or poster at an academic conference.

To be considered, students must write a brief statement (up to one page) explaining why they should be awarded the travel grant to attend this conference, complete this form, and attach a copy of their transcript, a CV, and proof of paper or poster acceptance (or other proof that you will appear on the program). 

Email your completed application to Pnina Fichman (fichman@indiana.edu) by September 19, 2014. Only complete applications will be considered. 

Application due date: September 19, 2014 
Award notification date: October 3, 2014 
Funds MUST be used by: June 30, 2015 

Note from Kathy: Please check your email for the pdf application form.

Employment Opportunity: University of Minnesota-Duluth



The Communication Department at the University of Minnesota Duluth has a tenure-track Assistant Professor position available, appointment beginning in the 2015-16 academic year.  

We seek a scholar with research and teaching interests in either Interpersonal OR Media Communication, broadly defining those interests. We have no preference as to the methodological approach employed by candidates. We find all approaches to studying communication phenomena of great value for advancing knowledge and understanding.   

We are searching for candidates who reinforce and complement our current faculty and their interests in such areas as human relationships, health issues, interpersonal influence, social media, media effects, media criticism and critical approaches. Our faculty members are actively researching in all these areas and more through the use of quantitative, qualitative, critical and historical methods. Depending on the methodological expertise of the person hired, that person may be asked to teach a beginning course on social scientific research methods/design or a beginning course in rhetorical/critical/historical methods.

Why UMD? We are putting together a stimulating, positive, iconoclastic intellectual environment with quality Ph.D. program level faculty in an undergraduate level program. The faculty member to be hired this year follows six quality hires we have made during the last decade. All of this new blood provides a very dynamic research environment. We are seeking candidates who would be attractive candidates for good Ph.D. programs. In order to stimulate research, we provide excellent start-up packages to provide resources and time needed to conduct quality research. Considering the fact that no time is spent on graduate student advising or committees, our teaching load is comparable to that of top Ph.D. programs. For intellectual stimulation and collaboration we have one another. The collegial atmosphere in the department is very positive. Good humor is highly valued. We have a very stimulating work environment. In addition, our faculty members have ready opportunities to develop undergraduate research teams with very good and appreciative students. 

The Duluth area is a four-season tourist destination for the Northland, providing excellent entertainment, fine restaurants, super arts programs, endless outdoor activities and protection from global warming. We have our own in-town downhill ski resort, beautiful lakes and forests all situated around a small metropolitan area of 150, 000 people. Duluth is a very progressive community with an excellent quality of life (won Outside Magazine's Best Outside City Competition in 2014).  

The University of Minnesota requires all applications and application materials to be submitted online. 

The following site provides more information about the position as well as a link to the application.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Employment Opportunity: UC Santa Barbara



The Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara announces a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Media and the Environment. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2015. 

We are a department with a broad research agenda that includes multiple scholarly approaches to film and media and a dynamic understanding of what consitutes objects of film and media study. With this appointment we intend to expand the department’s research and curricular strengths, international scope, and interdisciplinary interests. 

We are seeking a humanities scholar whose scholarship connects the historical and theoretical scope of our field to a broader spatial and environmental consciousness informed by science and technology studies. Our ideal candidate is a media researcher interested in the various ways that media and the environment influence, structure, and inhabit one another. Areas of specialization might include: environmentally-themed media; media ecologies; social movements and media advocacy; resource use and waste economies; green media; media-rich practices of scientific investigation; biopower and geopolitics.

The dossier of the successful candidate will show a strong commitment to teaching as well as an outstanding record of research activity. S/he will be expected to teach in the core areas of our undergraduate and graduate programs and develop innovative courses on media and the environment integrated within a liberal arts curriculum. A PhD is expected by the time of appointment. The department is especially interested in individuals who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The department serves over 400 undergraduate majors and 30 doctoral students. Our facilities include the state-of-the-art Pollock Theater housed within the Carsey-Wolf Center which supports research, teaching, and public programming about all forms of media, including the Environmental Media Initiative and its Blue Horizons and GreenScreen course clusters. Our university is also home to the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, the pioneering Environmental Studies Program, and the English Department’s Center for Literature and Environment among other concentrated areas of environmental research. An interdisciplinary doctoral emphasis in Environment and Society has just been approved on our campus. 

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSB Academic Recruit online system https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/, and must include 
1) a letter of application outlining current and future research plans;
2) curriculum vitae; 
3) one writing sample; 
4) at least three confidential letters of recommendation. 

To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received on or before October 31, 2014. For any questions, please contact Kathy Murray at kmurray@filmandmedia.ucsb.edu


“The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law including protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities." 

MAXI Orders



Please remember that sending me your copying orders for MAXI saves the department money and you time. It’s so much easier to have your copies put in your mailbox than to stand in front of the copy machine hoping it doesn’t jam. Information I will need to place your order should include:

  • How many you need
  •  Couse number
  •  Any special directions

Please note that your order should be an email attachment, preferably a pdf.  I will save any word or other doc as a pdf to upload to the MAXI sight, and will not check to make sure the change didn't mess up your formatting. Therefore, it’s easier for you to do the pdf and check it before sending it to me. It makes it easier if the file name follows these conventions:

  • Your name
  •  The course number (P155, C334, etc.)
  • The class number if you are ordering the same thing for multiple sections and if differentiating them matters (for example, Teige_C122_12672 AND Teige_C122_12674)
  • What it is (Syllabus, Guidelines, Policy, Quiz #2, Midterm, Final, etc.)

 I’d appreciate it if you use these conventions, but I’ll place your order even if you don’t. J


Unless you specify otherwise, my order defaults are:

  •   Double-sided
  •  Plain white paper – standard size
  • Black ink only
  •  Collated (ppg. 1,2,3 order rather than ppg. 1,1,1,2,2,2,3,3,3)
  •  One staple in the upper left side

We typically don’t do colored ink, as it is a lot more expensive. However, some colored paper (pastels) are okay.

Generally it takes less than 24 hours to get a MAXI order, but they rarely guarantee shorter than that. Timing rules of thumb are:
  •  Orders sent before noon on M-Th will be here the next day, usually in the morning
  •  Orders sent between noon and 3:30 will usually be here by the following afternoon
  • Orders sent after 3:30 will not be placed until the next morning
  • Orders sent to me over the weekend will not be placed until Monday morning
  • Orders place on Friday after noon may not get here ‘til Tuesday morning
Please note that most of the time orders will arrive sooner than all this, but I can’t guarantee it. 

Unless you specify otherwise, my order defaults are:

  • Double-sided
  • Plain white paper – standard size
  •  Black ink only
  • Collated
  • One staple in the upper left side
We typically don’t do colored ink, as it is a lot more expensive. However, some colored paper (pastels) are okay.

Please feel free to ask any questions!