Mellon Grant Opportunities

updated 10/22/2018

Engaged Humanities Mellon Grant

See below for more information on these exciting opportunities in the Engaged Humanities provided by a second major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation:

Engaged Humanities Course Planning Grants
Course Localization Summer Planning Grant

The grant aims to advance work in the engaged humanities across the university and builds especially on ongoing faculty interest in cross-disciplinary collaboration, digital scholarship, and partnerships between the WFU Reynolda campus, historic Reynolda, WFU at the Innovation Quarter, and our surrounding community in Winston-Salem and beyond.

 Engaged Humanities Course Planning Grants

Proposal Deadline:  Friday, February 8, 2019, 5:00 pm
The primary goal of the Engaged Humanities (EH) Course Planning Grants is to provide new opportunities for cross-disciplinary faculty to team-teach engaged humanities courses in the curriculum, specifically those that facilitate course-based research addressing problems or challenges facing the Winston-Salem community, and which have the potential to be offered more than once. The grants will also support more publicly engaged courses in the curriculum, knowing that class-based research that takes on real world challenges often calls for cross-disciplinary, collaborative efforts.

Engaged humanities are endeavors within or extending from humanities disciplines and discourses which open fields of study to questions, problems, and projects focused on pressing needs. Examples of new course offerings which Engaged Humanities grants might be used to plan and implement include: a co-taught course in Law and Religious Studies that documents and addresses the challenges facing religious minorities in Winston-Salem; paired courses in Political Science and Art that examine public art as means of local political engagement; linked courses in Literature and Bioethics that focus on contemporary narratives of aging and illness; or linked courses in Economics and History that examine the history of economic inequality in Winston-Salem.

  • The Engaged Humanities Course Grants will support up to four pairs of cross-disciplinary faculty (which may include partnerships with Wake Forest’s law, medical, and divinity schools) to design and offer either team-taught courses, linked courses, or co-taught sequential courses that will engage students in public-humanities and emphasize collaborative research or creative work.
  • It is expected that two grants will be awarded in project year two, four grants in project year three, and further two grants in project year 4 to support the implementation of the course(s). The planning grant provides a one-course buyout per professor in support for each faculty member in the Engaged Humanities team.
Course Localization Summer Planning Grant

Proposal Deadline:  Friday, February 8, 2019, 5:00 pm
Funding from the second Mellon grant will create opportunities for engaged learning and research while developing partnerships between faculty, students, and local communities. Courses that focus on public research and experiential learning are particularly effective for generating new insights into long-standing structural problems at the local level. As such, one goal of the second Mellon grant is to promote pedagogy and research that could help improve relationships between Wake Forest and the communities of Winston Salem and Forsyth County. The Course Localization Summer Planning Grant provides an opportunity for faculty to focus their research interests on issues that are critically important for members of the local community, including but not limited to, housing and gentrification, environmental justice, environmental degradation, pollution, political activism, food insecurity, migrants and refugees, K-12 education, and the history of racism.

The Office of the Dean of the College invites proposals from faculty to transform an existing course into one that is locally engaged and/or that addresses issues that are significant and important for the local community.

  • “Locally engaged” courses are broadly defined, and faculty members should consider how this grant can help support current and ongoing research interests.
  • Two summer stipends of $3,000 each will be awarded for Summer 2019 to selected faculty members who want to localize one of their courses.

2018 Course Planning and Implementation Grant Recipients

Andrew Gurstelle
Assistant Teaching Professor of Anthropology

Ulrike Wiethaus
Professor of Religion and
American Ethnic Studies


Gurstelle and Wietaus will co-teach sequential courses entitled The Cherokee Trail of Tears Project:  Removal, Resilience, and Public History (Summer 2018) and Cherokee Removal and Public Engagement:  An Interdisciplinary Engaged Humanities Perspective (Fall 2018).


Associate Clinical Professor of Law
Director of Innocence and Justice Clinic
Associate Professor of the Practice
Director of the Journalism Program

Rabil and Zerwick will co-teach a course entitled Investigating Journalism:  At the Intersection of Journalism, Law, and Narrative.