Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 11:00am – 12:00pm EDT
Key questions addressed:
- How can we refine and strengthen the message— within the university and beyond it — about the importance of scholarly research in the humanities?
- When and how can central resources be used to best support faculty recruitment, retention, and recognition in the humanities?
- How can humanities unit leaders fully articulate their scholarly strength relative to external peers?
- How can a provost or dean of a diverse college give appropriate weight to areas of scholarship that are important in the humanities?
- How might data about research activity in the humanities be used alongside data for STEM fields?
- What do we know about the career choices of humanities PhDs after they leave our institution?
In this session we discuss strategies for campus leaders to recognize, sustain, and support scholarly excellence in the humanities and many social sciences. We look at peer comparisons that can provide context for critical post-pandemic decisions about resources and priorities. We demonstrate that humanities units’ strengths may often be undervalued, and that a fuller appreciation of these strengths can provide a more thoughtful basis for critical conversations among department heads, deans, and provosts.