Lead a Major Collaborative Project
The Summer Seminar Directorship is an opportunity to lead a major collaborative project that will result in some form of publication or public work. The director(s) of the seminar must be a University of Iowa faculty or full-time research staff. The seminar can include approximately a dozen participants. While most will be visiting scholars and researchers, faculty and research staff from the UI can also participate.
The outcome should make a significant contribution to the fields of the participants, whether as a print or digital publication or in another form that promises real impact. Participants meet for a one- to three-week period of sustained interaction at the Obermann Center, usually between June 1 and July 30. We will make one award of up to $40,000.
Recent Summer Seminar topics include:
- Get Ready Iowa: Partnering to Enhance the School Readiness of Iowa's Children, directed by John Spencer (Psychology)
- Walt Whitman International: Literary Translation and the Digital Archive, directed by Ed Folsom (English)
- Third Language Acquisition: Developing a Research Base, directed by Suzanne Flynn (Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT) and Jason Rothman (Spanish & Portuguese)