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 The Humanities in Maine
Faculty and Staff Development Seminar

May 13-17, 2013

At a time of significant change in higher education throughout the world, it is imperative that UMaine continues to take a leadership role in demonstrating the value of scholarly excellence in our state. To that end, this innovative weeklong program aims to reinvigorate faculty and staff understanding of humanities-based research and resources on campus, support cross-unit presentations and community-building experiences, and strengthen awareness of humanities expertise on our campus.

How will the seminar be organized?
The seminar will meet on campus Monday through Thursday, May 13-16, from approximately 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The schedule will be shaped by the participants’ accepted proposals, but beyond the standard format of three-person panel presentations (in the Hill Auditorium of Barrows Hall), we anticipate making two local trips: one to Indian Island, the other to the UMaine Museum of Art in Bangor. Lunch will be provided on all seminar days. In addition to academic presentations and the public collaboration implied by the field trips, our local events will open with a professionally-led team-building exercise and close with a canoe trip on the Penobscot River designed for all ability levels. The seminar will conclude with a day-trip on Friday, May 17 to Augusta to participate in a statewide “Humanities Summit” with professionals from other campuses, cultural organizations, and state agencies.

Who can participate?
While only UMaine faculty and staff are eligible for seminar stipends, all scholarly programs will be open to the entire campus community and the public at large. The goal of the seminar is to be as inclusive as possible. We define the humanities in the broadest possible manner, and we seek presentations on any humanities-related subject that is central to your work as faculty and/or staff.

Our ability to strengthen UMaine’s humanities research, teaching, self-understanding, and community engagement depends upon reaching the fullest possible range of participants in this seminar. To this end, the application process is simple and we hope to offer stipends to as many applicants as possible. Proposals that situate the humanities as a scholarly endeavor with serious interdisciplinary commitments, that demonstrate a broad conceptualization of the humanities, and that address issues of general public concern are especially welcome.

How do I apply to present and receive a stipend?
To present at the seminar, submit a 2-page CV and a 500-word abstract that explains your project and how you plan to communicate it in a short Presentation (ca. 20 min.). We especially encourage multi-unit panel proposals, which should also include a 250-word explanation of the integrating theme of the panel.

Proposals should be submitted by FirstClass email to
Justin Wolff (Director of the University of Maine Humanities Initiative)
no later than Tuesday, January 22.

Our goal is to award as many stipends as possible ($500-$1,000 per proposal, as funds permit); individuals receiving stipends are expected to attend all seminar events. For more information about the application process, visit the Faculty Development Program link at the UMHI website (

Please contact Liam Riordan (History Department) on FirstClass with any questions or suggestions.

Co-sponsored by The University of Maine Humanities Initiative and The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Assessment


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The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469