Book Ends—Obermann/OVPR Book Completion Workshop

Co-sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and the Office of the Vice President for Research, Books Ends—Obermann/OVPR Book Completion Workshop, supports University of Iowa faculty from disciplines in which publishing a monograph is required for tenure and promotion. The award is designed to assist faculty members turn promising manuscripts into important, field-changing, published books.

 

Beginning in fall 2018, Book Ends will bring two senior scholars to campus for a candid, constructive three-hour workshop on the faculty member’s book manuscript. The award will cover travel, accommodations, and a $500 honorarium for each visiting scholar. We will also ask two University of Iowa senior faculty members to participate. The Director of the Obermann Center or a representative for the Center will work with successful applicants to select the outside reviewers, organize their visits, and facilitate the discussion. Reviewers will be asked to provide substantive written comments, and the workshop will be recorded for the author’s use during the revision process. Our goal is for each author to leave the workshop with concrete suggestions for revision, advice about appropriate presses, and a timeline that will lead to a revised manuscript ready for presses to review within six months.

 

We will host workshops for up to four UI faculty members in 2019-20. Preference will be given to faculty members completing first books within a timeframe that aligns with deadlines for tenure review, but we also welcome applications from associate professors on the verge of seeking promotion to full professor.

 

Eligibility

University of Iowa tenure-track assistant professors with mature drafts of monographs on track for publication in advance of the applicant’s tenure and promotion deadlines are eligible. Associate professors with mature drafts of monographs leading to promotion to full professor are also eligible.

 

Application deadline: Tuesday, September 17, 2019, by 5:00 pm

Please submit the following as a single PDF file to obermann-center@uiowa.edu. The complete submission (not including the cover sheet) should be no more than five single-spaced pages. (Please use a 12-point font size.)

 

From the applicant

  • Include a cover sheet (name, department, contact information, title of book project, and one sentence description of your thesis.)
  • Describe the project and its significance, including a brief outline of chapters.
  • Clarify how much of the manuscript is written and what remains to be done.
  • Provide a timeline for completion of a full draft of the manuscript.
  • Identify 4-6 senior scholars who would be excellent readers and mentors for this project, briefly noting what each would contribute to your project. Please include a link to each scholar’s homepage. The scholars should not have served on the applicant’s dissertation committee and should not have a close relationship with the UI scholar.
  • Identify 2-4 University of Iowa faculty members who would be excellent readers and mentors for this project, briefly noting what each could contribute.
  • Include drafts of two completed chapters of the monograph.

 

From the applicant’s department chair

Please send a brief letter with “Letter of support for X” in the subject line to obermann-center@uiowa.edu. The letter should indicate—

  • Support for the application.
  • Confirmation that you personally have seen the complete or nearly complete manuscript.
  • Affirmation that the faculty member is meeting professional expectations, as indicated by successful annual reviews, etc., in your department.
  • Your own suggestions for possible internal senior faculty members to participate in book workshop.

 

Successful applicants will meet with the Director of the Obermann Center to plan invitations to external readers and determine possible dates for the workshop. Please note: applicants should be prepared to share their manuscripts with internal and external readers by mid-February.

 

We thank the Vice President for Research for co-sponsoring this initiative, and we look forward to this exciting opportunity to create new intellectual connections, to enrich scholarly research, and to assist faculty members advance in their careers.

 

Upcoming & Past Awardees
 

Fall 2019

Brady G'Sell (Anthropology and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies, CLAS)
Book project: Producing Citizens: Motherhood, Race, and Political Belonging in South Africa
Producing Citizens analyzes the livelihood strategies of South African mothers living in poverty across five decades of political economic shifts. G'Sell demonstrates how the content of citizenship is created and negotiated at the micro-political scale of interpersonal relationships.

Summer 2019

E. Cram (Communication Studies, CLAS)
Book project: Violent Inheritance and the Legacy of Sexuality Modernity in the Rocky Mountain West
Cram's manuscript examines spaces and performances of memory in/of western lands to interpret the ongoing legacy of sexual modernity in shaping cultures of violence in the Rocky Mountain region.

Björn Anderson (School of Art and Art History, CLAS) 
Book project: Negotiating Identity in Nabataean Arabia 
Anderson's manuscript examines the intersections of cultural identity in the kingdom of Nabataea, centered at Petra in southern Jordan. The Nabataean kingdom was active from ca. 300 B.C.E. to 106 C.E.; it saw the rise and fall of neighboring Hellenistic kingdoms and the inexorable expansion of Rome, and it witnessed the arrival of new religions, new forms of art, new languages, and new cultures. The book centers on observable dialogues, particular episodes or choices that reflect currents and priorities active within the broad confines of the Nabataean kingdom. These dialogues reveal much about how the population resolved social, cultural, and political changes, especially as they balanced "indigenous" traditions with an influx of new influences. 

Overview

Applications for 2019–20 Book Ends workshops are due Tuesday, September 17, 2019, by 5:00 p.m., and again on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. 

 

Interested applicants are invited to learn more about the program and application process at an information session on Thursday, September 5, 2019, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Obermann Center library. Obermann Center Director Teresa Mangum will share her vision for the program and answer questions. Also on hand will be a former Book Ends faculty participant.

 

Required Items

Please submit the following as a single PDF file to obermann-center@uiowa.edu. The complete submission (not including the cover sheet) should be no more than five single-spaced pages. (Please use a 12-point font size.)

 

From the applicant

  • Include a cover sheet (name, department, contact information, title of book project, and one sentence description of your thesis.)
  • Describe the project and its significance, including a brief outline of chapters.
  • Clarify how much of the manuscript is written and what remains to be done.
  • Provide a timeline for completion of a full draft of the manuscript.
  • Identify 4-6 senior scholars who would be excellent readers and mentors for this project, briefly noting what each would contribute to your project. Please include a link to each scholar’s homepage. The scholars should not have served on the applicant’s dissertation committee and should not have a close relationship with the UI scholar.
  • Identify 2-4 University of Iowa faculty members who would be excellent readers and mentors for this project, briefly noting what each could contribute.
  • Include drafts of two completed chapters of the monograph.

 

From the applicant’s department chair

Please send a brief letter with “Letter of support for X” in the subject line to obermann-center@uiowa.edu. The letter should indicate—

  • Support for the application.
  • Confirmation that you personally have seen the complete or nearly complete manuscript.
  • Affirmation that the faculty member is meeting professional expectations, as indicated by successful annual reviews, etc., in your department.
  • Your own suggestions for possible internal senior faculty members to participate in book workshop.

 

Successful applicants will meet with the Director of the Obermann Center to plan invitations to external readers and determine possible dates for the workshop. Please note: applicants should be prepared to share their manuscripts with internal and external readers by early October.