New Initiatives for the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences

Dear Faculty, Students and Staff,

In the 2013 State of the University address, I announced a special initiative of one million dollars in funding over the next four years aimed at raising Stony Brook University’s profile in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences (AHLSS). This initiative is in addition to faculty lines and funds already provided by the Provost’s Office to support innovative scholarship and education programs in these areas.

In order to develop a set of comprehensive proposals for new and immediately actionable initiatives to support, enhance and promote excellence in AHLSS at Stony Brook University, the Provost appointed a task force comprised of the following members:

Juan Carlos Conesa, Economics Department
Barbara Frank, Department of Art
Victoria Hesford, Cultural Analysis and Theory, Women and Gender Studies
Heidi Hutner, English Department and Interim Director of Sustainability Studies Program
Matthew Lebo, Department of Political Science
Judith Lochhead, Department of Music
Bonita London-Thompson, Psychology Department
John Lutterbie, Chair of Theater Arts Department
Eduardo Mendieta, Department of Philosophy, Task Force Co-Chair
Ryan Minor, Department of Music
Andrew Newman, English Department
Lori Repetti, Department of Linguistics
Shikaripur Sridhar, Asian and Asian American Studies Department
Nancy Tomes, Department of History, Task Force Co-Chair
Kathleen Vernon, Chair of Department of Hispanic Languages & Literature
Kathleen Wilson, Director of the Humanities Institute, and History Department University

The Provostial task force, in consultation with the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Department Chairs in the AHLSS, the Arts and Sciences Senate, the Dean of the Graduate School and the Graduate Student Organization, recommended a set of four programs to be implemented during the next academic year, as follows:

  • Graduate Fellowships and Faculty Research Program: This program provides funding and mentoring to six graduate students in AHLSS that will take them beyond their guaranteed funding. The Graduate School will oversee the application process, and will set up a special committee to review and select the fellowship winners. Calls for nominations and applications will be forthcoming from the Graduate School.
  • Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowships: This program will provide three fellowships to Stony Brook University faculty. Two of these fellowships are earmarked for assistant professors and one is for either associate or full professors. The fellowship applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Humanities Institute Executive Council. A call for applications and qualification requirements will be forthcoming from the Humanities Institute.
  • Guest Artists Residency Program: This program will allow Departments and Programs in the visual and performing arts the opportunity to bring two artists in residency to Stony Brook. Nominations and applications will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the Provost comprised of faculty from the visual and performing arts departments. A call for applications and nominations will be forthcoming.
  • President’s Faculty Travel Award: This program will fund twenty-five travel awards for faculty who will be presenting papers at either national or international conferences. Applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Faculty in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. A call for applications will be forthcoming.

I have enthusiastically embraced these initiatives for their potential to promote innovative research and creative endeavors by both faculty and graduate students and make an impact on scholarship that can be measured and evaluated. I wish to gratefully acknowledge the members of the task force and the Provost for their hard work and innovative program ideas.

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.