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In 2001, the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation awarded Kenyon College a grant to support outstanding teaching in the humanities.
The foundation's definition of "humanities" includes but goes beyond Kenyon's Humanities Division (Classics, English, Modern Languages & Literatures, Philosophy, Religious Studies) to include, for example, Art History, Music History, IPHS, Women's and Gender Studies, some kinds of History, Political Science, Anthropology, and Sociology. While the foundation explicitly excludes fine artists, natural scientists, and social scientists, there is some flexibility in how "humanities" is defined. Still, to be eligible, one's primary career path must be in the humanities — as opposed to, say, being a fine artist, a natural scientist, or a social scientist who may teach one course in the humanities.
The purpose of these grants is to support research and scholarly writing of junior, tenure-track faculty. Whiting wants these awards to go to "the very best teachers among your humanities faculty," and to that end the only criterion in the selection process is teaching excellence. The awards themselves, however, are designed to support scholarship: "To offset the time and reward the energies these young professors have expended on teaching, the College would offer assistance that would help ensure their scholarly success."
To be eligible for either of these grants, you must be tenure-track, untenured, with at least three years of full-time teaching experience, at least one of which must already have been completed as a tenure-track professor at Kenyon.
Whiting Award funding from the foundation was scheduled to expire as of the 2012-13 academic year. However, changes in the structure of the program have allowed Kenyon to extend this resource to one additional round of winners. Whiting Awards now include a $5,000 salary stipend, and a $10,000 research fund to be awarded each year, for two years, to each selected winner. The final recipients of the award will be chosen in 2013-14 for funding during the '14-15 and '15-16 school years.
If you are a tenure-track, untenured professor in the humanities (broadly defined), with at least three years of full-time teaching experience, at least one of which must already have been completed as a tenure-track professor at Kenyon, you will be sent an email by Jalene Fox in October, asking you to indicate the following:
Some of these procedures and criteria may seem unusual, but the foundation requires that decisions about who gets these awards be based ENTIRELY on teaching excellence rather than on scholarship, citizenship, or grant proposals.
If you have questions about the Whiting awards, please contact Jalene Fox at pbx. 5115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.