Art and humanities

February, 2014

The Subcommittee on Arts and Humanities Awards, Fellowships and Memberships is part of the Student Experience Enhancement Council -- a council that aims to maintain Iowa State's trademark high-quality student experience as enrollment surges. Academic enrichment experiences for undergraduates include such things as internships and co-ops, study abroad, academic or career-related student organizations, learning communities, Honors Program and conducting research with a faculty member.

Charge

Increase the participation of Iowa State's Arts and Humanities in the various awards, fellowships, academy memberships and major grants recognized within the Association of American Universities as indicators of institutional and academic excellence.

Summary of proposed initiatives

TIER 1

Priority 1

  1. In progress: Identify AAU aspirational peers in arts and humanities
  2. Develop relationships with organizations (long term)
    • Identify alumni, colleagues, private sector contacts, with affiliations with award process or membership (donors for membership in institutions)
  3. Elevate role of accomplishments in the Arts, Design, and Humanities within the public relations engine at ISU
  4. In progress: Identify and document AAU-recognized awards most suited to ISU arts and humanities faculty and departments. This includes targeted areas, types and levels of awards, criteria (for guidance) and record of awardees (for analysis)
  5. Work toward a culture change in the Arts and Humanities, from a focus on internal to external awards, and expansion of role of faculty development committees to include nomination mode and to facilitate awards processes on permanent basis.
  6. In progress: Develop supporting information such as a handbook or website for chairs/committees on awards, memberships in appropriate learned societies, etc. Nominating needs to be a higher priority. See “Faculty Recognition Workshop for Deans, Associate Deans, et.al. described below.
  7. Reinstitute a full year artists/designers, writers, in residence for both faculty tenured at ISU and visiting faculty. Iowa State made a visionary statement when it make Christian Peterson the first artist in residence at a land-grant university. Unfortunately, it never became a permanent program. Tenured faculty from ISU would be chosen on a rotating basis after review. The visiting artist/designer in residence would be on campus concurrently. All artist-designer-writers in residence would be allowed to work independently but would be available for lectures, etc.

Priority 2

  1. Provide staff support for grant and award submissions.
  2. Provide resources to colleges/departments to compensate faculty for the difference between fellowship compensation and current salary, and departments for teaching release costs. Provide incentives to faculty for pursuing these fellowships; Money may not be the only obstacle. This has already been implemented by central administration although it may not be well known.
  3. Decrease teaching loads for Art and Design and Humanities faculty to ISU averages.
  4. Broaden the scope of CEAH to beyond small grants to faculty. Make CEAH more central to the vision and mission of the University. Provide permanent increase in support for CEAH grants, or other direct funding of Arts and Humanities work directed to high-impact areas.
  5. Raise funds to create endowed professorships in arts and humanities, not restricted to departments with graduate programs

Two immediate events

A Faculty Recognition Workshop for deans, associate deans, department chairs and faculty on Faculty Development Councils is scheduled for March 6, 2014, 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

ISU will be the site for the National Conference of a new organization Alliance for the Arts at Research Universities. A2RU.org is centered on the collaboration between the Arts and Sciences/Engineering, etc. as a model for innovation and creativity. ISU is one of the founding universities. The conference is open to faculty and students from all departments across campus. It will take place fall of 2014.

DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS: Products, processes, policy and culture

  1. Fully compensate faculty and departments when an AAU-recognized award is achieved. This should be done in the form of a guarantee rather than yet another application and competition process. Fully replace the teaching duties of an absent faculty member.
  2. Greater institutional support for identifying and supporting applications. At department level, rebalance effort from college awards to national awards. Role of Awards Committees might rebalance from review to nomination mode.
  3. Bring ISU departments to 90% of peer salaries and 90% of SCH/FTE.
  4. Handbook for department chairs and development committees (3-6 months)
    • Awards, qualifications, requirements
    • Document award levels (salary, time away, teaching replacement)
    • Document awardees (individual vs collaborative?)
    • Document process of award (nomination, application)
  5. Develop relationships with organizations (longterm)
    • Identify alumni or colleagues with affiliations with award process or membership (donors for membership in institutions)
    • Look for outreach opportunities to organizations
    • Become institutional member for organizations that give awards (e.g. Newberry Library, etc.)
  6. Cultivation (longterm)
    • Identify prospective faculty/programs
    • Time frame (5 years?) to see results?
    • Institutional support for application development
  7. Inter-institutional Cooperation/Membership in Centers (e.g. University of Iowa Humanities Center-- Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, Big-12 Fellowship)

TIER 2 (Multi-year funding; institutional capacity building)

Action item -- Priority 1

  1. Increase salaries for Humanities faculty to attain 90% of peer institutions.
  2. Decrease teaching loads for Art and Design faculty.

Action item -- Priority 2

  1. Permanent increase in support for CEAH grants, or other direct funding of Arts and Humanities work directed to high impact areas.

Action item -- Priority 3

  1. Fundraising to create endowed professorships in arts and humanities, not restricted to departments with graduate programs

Action item -- Priority 4

  1. Work toward a culture change in the Arts and Humanities, from a focus on internal to external awards, and expansion of the role of faculty development committees.

Subcommittee members

Steven Herrnstadt (co-chair),University Professor, director of Graduate Education Industrial Design; Barbara Ching (co-chair), professor and chair of English; April Eisman, associate professor of art history; Joseph Muench, associate professor of integrated studio arts; Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, professor and chair of history; Donald Simonson, professor of music; Martin Spalding, professor of genetics, development, and cell biology and associate dean, LAS; Mitchell Squire, associate professor of architecture; and Clark Wolf. professor of philosophy and religious studies.