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Funding Opportunity: NEH Summer Stipends

Contributed by: Augusta Wray
Published: Tuesday, 13 June 2017 12:00 PM
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend program supports individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Eligible projects typically result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months.

An outright award of $6,000 is provided for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. In accordance with NEH guidelines, Ball State may nominate two faculty proposals to submit to NEH.

Ball State internal application deadline is August 25, 2017.
Deadline for final submission to the NEH is September 27 for projects beginning May 2018.

Click here for full guidelines on the NEH website.

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Seeking Proposals: Fund for Positive Engagement

Contributed by: Erin Moore
Published: Friday, 26 May 2017 3:30 PM

Seeking Proposals: Fund for Positive Engagement
Campus Compact
Due Date: July 14, 2017

The purpose of Campus Compact's Fund for Positive Engagement is to enable small-scale, short-term experiments that aim to protect academic freedom, cultivate safe learning environments, and empower students to build relationships and exchange ideas across differences.

Up to 40 grants of $5000 per institution will be awarded through a national competition. Projects may be implemented at any point during the 2017-2018 academic year. Applications must be signed by the college or university president or chancellor.

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Stipends available for faculty teaching online for the first time

Contributed by: Nancy Prater
Published: Thursday, 11 May 2017 11:00 AM
Ball State is inviting full-time faculty members who have never developed an online course for Ball State to earn a $2,000 stipend for participating in a professional development opportunity focused on best practices in online education. Learn more.

Storytelling: The Must-Have Career Skill

Contributed by: Cathy Day
Published: Sunday, 23 April 2017 8:00 PM
We live in such a noisy world, so many voices trying to get our attention.

But who captures our attention?

That’s easy: whoever tells the best story.

Storytelling is the new must-have skill in business, advertising, marketing, and public relations. Even Forbes agrees.

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Take an English immersive learning course this Fall!

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Monday, 03 April 2017 11:00 AM
Are you interested in gaining valuable experience in publishing, editing, design, marketing, or professional writing? If you answered yes, an English department immersive learning course might be right for you! In Fall 2017, we are offering three different immersive learning courses. All our immersive learning courses are by application only, and you may be able to receive credit in your major/minor on a case-by-case basis.
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Apply now for marketing and communication immersive learning class Jacket Copy Creative!

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Thursday, 23 March 2017 1:00 PM
#BallState students: Are you interested in gaining valuable professional experience in marketing and communication? Want to create and execute marketing strategies in collaboration with other students for real clients? Need to build out your portfolio with lots of compelling materials? We have a fantastic immersive learning opportunity to tell you about!

Jacket Copy Creative is an immersive learning course in the English Department that handles a variety of marketing and communications tasks for the English Department and other organizations around campus. We do event promotion, marketing campaigns for campus clubs and organizations, graphic design and branding for campus clubs and organizations, social media management and blogging for the English Department, and much more! Past clients have included the Indiana Writing Project, the Digital Writing Studio, the Writers’ Community, the College of Sciences and Humanities, and the Honors College.

We are currently taking applications for both Summer 1 and Fall semesters. In Fall, Jacket Copy Creative will be divided into 2 sections. The first will handle event promotion, marketing campaigns for clubs and organizations, and graphic design and branding. The second will handle primarily writing tasks, including social media management, blogging, e-newsletter writing, and marketing copywriting. You are invited to apply for either section or both sections.

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Diversity Research Symposium Networking Sessions and Call for Proposals

Contributed by: Linh Littleford
Published: Monday, 13 March 2017 10:00 AM
Register now to attend networking sessions at the 9th Annual Diversity Research Symposium (DRS, September 22nd and September 23rd, 2017 at Ball State University) to explore collaborative research and other opportunities. Available networking sessions:
• Community organizers and researchers
• Community organizers and students
• Researchers and students
• Graduate programs and students

Registration for the networking sessions is free. Due to limited seating, registration is required.

You are also invited to submit a proposal to present your diversity-related project at the. Proposals can be submitted between April 1 and June 1, 2017. We are seeking proposals that focus on creating brave spaces for inclusion, equity, and justice. Angela Davis (feminist & writer) will present the keynote address: "Institutional racism in the penal and criminal justice system." At the last DRS hosted by Ball State University, participants represented 81 academic sub-disciplines, 21 institutions & organizations, and 13 states.

For more information, to submit proposals, and/or to register for the networking sessions, visit

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Virginia Ball Center for Creative Inquiry Announces 2017-2018 Fellows

Contributed by: Laura Huffman
Published: Friday, 10 March 2017 12:00 PM

The Virginia Ball Center for Creative Inquiry is pleased to announce the four fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year:

Fall 2017: "American Women in Film Sound" - Vanessa Ament, Telecommunications
Fall 2017: "Fine Focus: Catalyzing STEM Opportunities for Minority Undergraduates" - John Mckillip, Biology

Spring 2018: "Muslims in Muncie" - Elizabeth Agnew, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Spring 2018: "Beneficence Records: Records for a Reason" - Daniel Porter, School of Music
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Celebrate and workshop creative writing at the Writers' Community!

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Thursday, 16 February 2017 3:00 PM
Calling all creative writers! Real life can be overwhelming and sometimes we need a break. For anyone who enjoys community and creative writing, there is the Ball State Writers' Community. Join us on every Monday at 8:00 PM in RB 295 to share your current work, listen to others share their work, give feedback, and receive feedback. Come to one of our meetings to escape reality for an hour by getting the creative juices flowing with a writing prompt, and sharing ideas with people who are just as passionate about creative writing as you are! Learn more.