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Faculty Application for the 2018–2019 Humanities Studio Research Seminar


The annual Faculty Fellows program of the Pomona College Humanities Studio is intended to promote engaged, intellectual discussion on topics of current scholarly and public interest, and to create a vibrant interdisciplinary setting for humanities research. Each year a group of six Pomona faculty will be chosen to collaborate in a series of weekly seminar discussions, as well as participate in the Studio’s program of visiting speakers, professional development workshops, and other campus and community events. The work done by Faculty Fellows in mentoring Postdoctoral and Undergraduate Fellows and participating in the campus and public programming of the Studio will constitute one course in their teaching load for the academic year. The admissions committee will judge applications based on an assessment of the proposal’s interdisciplinary humanities appeal, its connection to the annual theme, and its potential for sparking dialogue among the seminar’s Postdoctoral and Student Fellows.


All current Pomona faculty members on full-time continuing appointment are eligible for the seminar. Applicants are not restricted by the department(s) or program(s) to which they’re appointed, but the research project must be characterized by humanistic content and/or methodology.


The theme for the 2018–2019 seminar will be Fail Better. Applicants are encouraged to interpret the topic broadly and in ways appropriate to their own fields of expertise.


Applications for appointment as a Humanities Studio Faculty Fellow and participation in the seminar must include the following:

  • A complete scholarly CV.
  • A detailed (up to 2,500 word) description of the research project to be pursued during the fellowship period.
  • Full responses to the three application questions listed below.

Applications should be sent by electronic attachment to:


Application Questions (no more than 1,500 words total)

  1. Why does the topic of failure interest you and how does it connect to the topic of your proposed research?
  2. How would participation in the Studio contribute to your professional goals?
  3. What are some books, images, performances, films, articles, etc., that you believe raise important issues or questions about the idea of failure?

If you have questions about the application process, the Humanities Studio, or the seminar, please contact Kevin Dettmar:; x78032.