Kenyon's current National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Distinguished Teaching Professorship is held Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky, Professor of English and Associate Editor of the Kenyon Review. During the three-year term, 2015-16:2017-18, Sergei will be working on improving our teaching of writing across the Kenyon curriculum, beginning by focusing on writing in the sciences.
The NEH professorship honors a member of the College's humanities faculty who has displayed excellence in teaching and has developed a compelling vision of how the professorship would enhance the study of the humanities at Kenyon. (We interpret the "humanities" as broadly as NEH does -- that is, as encompassing not only the disciplines in our own Humanities Division but also all other disciplines that examine historical, literary, and philosophical questions about the human condition.) The NEH professorship is awarded through a competitive process that involves submission of a proposal to a selection committee.
The professorship is funded by the earnings from an endowment created by a grant from NEH and gifts from friends of Kenyon. Each incumbent usually holds the position for a term of three years. The professorship offers:
Under the rubric of this program, Howard Sacks developed the Family Farm Project; Peter Rutkoff and Will Scott developed the "Great Migration Project." George McCarthy's project, entitled "Democracy and Social Justice: Ancient and Modern", has resulted in two books that connected directly with courses in which students explored the links between modern social theory and the ideas of the ancients. Wendy Singer's project was entitled "Migration, Diaspora, and Globalism", Vernon Schubel's project was entitled "Integrating the Study of Islamic Civilization into the Liberal Arts Curriculum", Katherine Hedeen's and Victor Rodriguez-Nunez's project was entitled "At the Core of the Humanities: Translation as Cultural and Social Transformation."