Mellon Grant and Conference

updated 6/22/2018

Engaged Humanities Mellon Grant

Please review these exciting opportunities in the Engaged Humanities provided by a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 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 (EH) Course Planning and Implementation Grants (College)

2019 Information Coming Soon

These competitive grants provide new opportunities for cross-disciplinary faculty to team-teach engaged humanities courses in the curriculum, particularly those that facilitate course-based research addressing problems or challenges facing the Winston-Salem community or our region, and which have the potential to be taught more than once.

  • Grants will support pairs of cross-disciplinary faculty (including partnerships with Wake Forest’s law, medical, and divinity schools) planning to design and offer team-taught courses, linked courses or co-taught sequential courses that will engage students in public humanities and emphasize collaborative research or creative work.
    • Grants will be awarded in project years two and three (teams of two faculty members each, per year) at $4,000 per faculty.
    • Each of the EH teams will also receive $3,000 in research funds to support the implementation of class-based research.
    • Although planning will not typically include a course release, proposals may request up to one course release per faculty team.
  • Call for Proposals 2019: Course Planning Grants cover Summer 2019 and Course Implementation Grants cover Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020, and/or possibly Summer 2020, according to each faculty team’s teaching plans.
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.