A&H Proposal workshop October 17

Dear graduate students:

I would like to announce a workshop on proposal writing to take place on Saturday , October 17 between 10.00 and 11.30 am in JO 4.102 ( see here for map http://www.utdallas.edu/locator/JO_4.102 ). The workshop should be of particular interest to students planning to submit their proposals for review by the November 4, 2015  or January 4, 2016 deadlines.

MA portfolio and thesis proposals will be dealt with from 10-10:30, and PhD dissertation proposals will be dealt with 10:30-11:30 . Please attend only the portion of the workshop appropriate to you.

The workshop will cover content, structure, and mechanics of the proposals, as well as the criteria used by the Graduate Studies Committee in evaluating proposals. You will learn what the proposal is and what it does, how to make a strong case for your proposed research project and how to demonstrate that you have the preparation and tools to make it a success. This workshop is organized specifically for students in the School of Arts & Humanities, by the School of Arts & Humanities.

Please RSVP to me no later than Thursday, October 15.

In your RSPV, please note if you are an MA or PhD student and what your concentration is (HIST, HUAS, HUHI, HUMA, HUSL).

SAA Grant Writing Proposal Workshop

Special Collections Department, SAA Host Workshop

The Special Collections Department of Eugene McDermott Library and The Society of American Archivists are teaming up to host “Grant Proposal Writing #1622.” The day-long workshop will be held on October 26 at 9am in McDermott Library’s Instruction Room MC 2.524.

The session will include the types of state, federal, and private foundation grants available and will teach participants how to research and write proposals. The workshop will also explore the grant review process, reporting requirements and alternative funding resources.

The workshop is open to the public but seating is limited. Online registration is required.  Early-bird registration ends September 26. [looks like they have extended early-bird registration to October 2]

Go here to register:



English adjuncts needed at DeVry

I wanted to let you know that I am hiring English adjuncts at DeVry University for both our Irving and Mesquite campuses. I seem to be a good luck charm; several of my adjuncts have recently acquired full-time positions elsewhere, leaving me in need of some faculty. Our sessions run eight weeks; classes meet one evening a week in most cases. If you have any candidates to send my way, please have them send CV and informal transcripts to this email address. Thank you both! I hope all is well at UTD. I miss it there.


Stacey Donald, PhD
Faculty Chair, Liberal Arts and Sciences

DeVry, Inc.
4800 Regent Blvd
Irving, Texas 75063

e: SDonald@devry.edu
p: 972-929-9374

18th C Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon at ASECS meeting March 2016

Friends and colleagues: please join us in honoring Adrianne Wadewitz at this year’s ASECS meeting in Pittsburgh while contributing to an important collaborative project. Feel free to distribute this call widely.

2nd Annual Adrianne Wadewitz Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

(sponsored by the Indiana University Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies)
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting
March 31 – April 3, 2016 / Pittsburgh, PA

This special session will again honor our beloved, brilliant colleague, Adrianne Wadewitz, who died in 2014 in a tragic rock climbing accident. (Her New York Times obituary can be found here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/20/business/media/adrianne-wadewitz-37-wikipedia-editor-and-academic-dies.html?_r=0 )

An 18th-centuryist, Wadewitz was also an innovator in digital humanities, a rising star in both fields.  In particular, she worked tirelessly to increase the representation of women and minorities on Wikipedia–an online resource which historically has been dominated by the contributions of men. Concerned with content, she wanted to ensure that a diversity of stories and voices were being recognized.

This conference session will be an active editing session where we will add new entries and expand incomplete (“stub”) entries for important figures, works, and key terms or concepts—literary, historical, artistic, philosophical, religious, scientific, etc.—from our period. In essence, we hope to continue contributing to an Encyclopédie project for the 21st century, following Diderot’s aim: “to change the way people think.”

Like last year, we are soliciting proposals for specific content, and well as for participation in this digital humanities event. As eighteenth-century scholars, we have a signal opportunity to make accessible material that has been inadequately represented—some of it effectively “lost” to any but a small group of specialists by not being included in the world’s largest and most utilized reference work—to the widest possible audience of readers.

We will be collaborating with experienced Wikipedians, so no prior editing experience with the encyclopedia is necessary. Instead, we can channel our collective energy into deciding what to add—including fresh entries as well as significant expansion of existing ones. We anticipate writing at least some of the content in advance, although this preparation is not required. The number of entries we add or revise will depend on the total number of participants, but our goal is to contribute substantially to anywhere between a dozen and two-dozen entries. Last year we were able to create or expand around 15 entries. Obviously, this will be a highly collaborative endeavor, and our hope is to draw a wide range of contributors from senior scholars to graduate students. No time commitment is too short or too long — feel free to drop in for part of the session or to stay for the entirety. You may also contribute throughout the conference, of course, but without the same convivial element that those of us gathering face to face will enjoy.

Please send preliminary inquiries as well as requests to participate and ideas for proposed entries by October 1 to:

Courtney Wennerstrom (cwenners@indiana.edu) AND Christopher Nagle (cnagle@wmich.edu)

We can then match participants with content in time to prepare for the annual meeting in March.

Vickie Cutting
Office Manager
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Versatile PhD

The Versatile PhD mission is to help students and graduates envision, prepare for and excel in non-academic careers. They offer job listings, networking, career resources, etc.

Every year they do a series of panel discussions in the asynchronous discussion forums on the site. Each discussion focuses on a specific non-academic career that is open to PhDs, and features 4-6 PhDs or ABDs currently working in that career. Panel discussions coming up this academic year:

Oct. 19-23: “Careers in Publishing” in the Humanities/Social Science forum

Jan. 25-29: “Careers in Business” in the Humanities/Social Science forum

Mar. 14-18: “Careers in Technical Writing” in the Humanities/Social Science forum

You can find more information about Versatile PhD here .

THATCamp at UTD September 19

Registration is now open for Digital Frontiers 2015, the conference and THATCamp that brings together the makers and users of digital resources in the humanities, September 17-19, 2015 at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Digital Frontiers is the largest and longest-running digital humanities conference in Texas.

Featuring Keynote Speakers Carolyn Guertin (University of Ontario Institute of Technology) and Michael Edson (Smithsonian Institute) Digital Frontiers 2015 is hosted by the School of Arts and Humanities and the Emerging Media and Communication program at University of Texas at Dallas.

Our distinguished keynotes are joined by 37 other presenters from 20 institutions in 8 U.S. states and 3 countries.

Registration is $50 for non-students, and $20 for undergraduate and graduate students (including lunch); THATCamp registration is $20. To view the conference schedule, and for information on registration and lodging, please visit http://digital-frontiers.org/ Direct questions to digitalfrontiers@unt.edu<mailto:digitalfrontiers@unt.edu> and join the conversation on Twitter @DigiFront<https://twitter.com/DigiFront> and #DF15UTD.