Faculty Spotlight: 2023–2024

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Visual and Media Arts professor John Gianvito received a 2023 Ford Foundation JustFilms grant through the non-profit Documentary Educational Resources for the production of “Her Socialist Smile,” a documentary film which explores Helen Keller’s advocacy for social justice.

Marketing Communication professor Seounmi Han (Katie) Youn co-authored an article, “Social Presence and Imagery Processing as Predictors of Chatbot Continuance Intention in Human-AI-Interaction,” which was published in a 2023 Special issue on AI in Human-Computer Interaction in the International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction. The article explores what factors drive consumers to use artificial intelligence (AI)-powered chatbots.

Communication Sciences & Disorders Scholar-In-Residence Maryam Salehomoum co-authored “Assessment in Farsi–English Emerging Bilingual Children: A Tutorial” published in the December, 2023 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Special Interest Group publication on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity. The tutorial highlights the need for culturally sensitive assessments of bilingual children with regard to their language learning histories.

Journalism professor Paul Mihailidis co-authored a research article “Designing equitable media literacy interventions for critical youth agency” published in January, 2024 in the peer-reviewed SAGE Journal Global Studies of Childhood. The article detailed findings from a national study of impactful media literacy that Professor Mihaildis co-conducted with collaborators at the University of Iowa and Syracuse University among others, and shares the process for creating a Field Guide for Equitable Media Literacy Practices.

Affiliated faculty in Writing, Literature & Publishing and Visual & Media Arts, Jocelyn Marshall received a professional development grant from the Modern Language Association. She also received Honorable Mention for the College Art Association’s Professional Development Fellowship in Art History. The exhibition catalog she co-edited for a 2023 Mellon Foundation-funded exhibition she co-curated in partnership with SUNY University at Buffalo has been released digitally with support from SUNY Press.

Part-time faculty and cultural strategist and co-founder of HowlRound Vijay Mathew will be leading a subject matter expert webinar for the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) in May, 2024. His presentation will be the first time faculty/staff from Emerson is represented at IAAP as an expert contributing to the body of knowledge and practice in the accessibility space.

Comedic Arts assistant professor Ken Feil contributed to a new book, Rolling: Blackness and Mediated Comedy which will be released in April, 2024 by Indiana University Press. This edited volume covers a range of cases representing African American humor across film, television, digital media, and stand-up comedy.

Communication Sciences and Disorders assistant professor Lindsay Griffin recently co-authored a research article, Lingual Pressure Generation Measures Using Two Devices, in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. The research was conducted at Emerson in 2021–2022 and at Samford University, Case Western Reserve University, James Madison University and Texas Christian University.

Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies professor Tulasi Srinivas was featured on a January 2024 New Books Network podcast in which she discussed her 2023 book Wonder in South Asia, published by SUNY Press.

Communication Studies assistant professor Lauren C. Anderson has a new research article published in December, 2023 in the academic journal Communication & Sport. Revisiting the Relationship Between Sports Fandom and the Black Criminal Stereotype examines whether sports fans’ perceptions of “the Black criminal stereotype” in athletes have changed over the past several years, especially in light of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Writing, Literature & Publishing assistant professor John Rodzvilla has a book review published in the December, 2023 issue of The Journal of Web Librarianship. His piece, Open Access Literature in Libraries (book review) reviews the authors’ assertion that Open Access has evolved into the most complex challenge of the scholarly publishing, and best practices are needed for librarians to confidently engage with Open Access.

Marketing Communication assistant professor Eric Hogue has a new research article published in December, 2023 in the academic journal Applied Economics. “The complementary relationship between live performances and post-concert streaming for top-performing artists” examines the complementary effects of live concerts on incremental post-concert music streams in 29 US cities, with the aim to gain insight into the influence of live performance on post-concert streaming of artists’ recorded music.

Marlboro Institute associate professor Adam Franklin-Lyons has a book review published in the Fall 2023 issue of The Catholic Historical Review. His piece, The Keys to Bread and Wine: Faith, Nature, and Infrastructure in Late Medieval Valencia by Abigail Agresta (review) reviews the author’s assertion of the coexistence of both religious and technological responses to environmental crises in medieval Spain.

Journalism Assistant Professor Zhao Peng has a new research article published in the academic journal Information, Communication & Society. “A privacy calculus model perspective that explains why parents sharent” investigates what factors explain parents’ sharenting behaviors. Sharenting refers to the practice of parents, caregivers or relatives sharing information about their children online.

Marlboro Institute Assistant Professor Ian McManus recently published an article “Workforce automation risks across race and gender in the United States” in the American Journal of Economics and Society. The article examines different effects of workforce automation across race and gender in the US.

Marlboro Institute Associate Professor Lindsay Beck co-authored a paper “Increases in Intellectual Humility from Guided Conversations are Greater When People Perceive Affiliation with Conversation Partners” published on the education platform The Constructive Dialogue Institute. The paper examines factors that support long-term changes in intellectual humility, including affiliative interactions with new conversation partners.

Professor and Director of the Engagement Lab, Eric Gordon, co-authored a recent article, “Applied visual art for codesign: three case studies of emergent practices,” published in CoDesign: International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts. Codesign is a set of practices that facilitate collaboration in the design process, leading to shared investment in outcomes. The article reviews three case studies and concludes that applied visual art has great potential to support codesign.

Associate professor and director of the Emerson Prison Initiative Mneesha Gellman was featured on the New Books Network podcast, discussing the book Education Behind the Wall: Why and How We Teach College in Prison. Gellman edited the book, which examines different aspects of teaching in prison. Read more in Emerson Today.

Journalism Assistant Professor Gino Canella‘s research article “Cinematic journalism: the political economy and ‘emotional truth’ of documentary film” was recently published in the academic journal Studies in Documentary Film. Professor Canella’s research examines documentary’s surging popularity among news outlets and its effects on journalistic norms.

Journalism Associate Professor of American Studies, Roger House, wrote an opinion piece for The Messenger about how President Joe Biden can stop his slipping support from Black male voters. Read more in Emerson Today.

Journalism Associate Professor Azeta Hatef wrote an article for the Los Angeles Review of Books about Hulu’s new reality television show Secrets & Sisterhood: The Sozahdahs. The show provides a complicated perspective about growing up Afghan in the United States. Read more in Emerson Today.

Marlboro Institute Associate Professor Mneesha Gellman was interviewed by Bill Ayers on his Under the Tree Podcast on Indigenous Peoples’ Day about her research on the benefits of indigenous languages in the public school classroom and the opposition it faces. Professor Gellman is the author of Indigenous Language Politics in the Schoolroom: Cultural Survival in Mexico and the United States. Read more in Emerson Today.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Assistant Professor Lindsay Griffin co-authored a research article, “Dysphonia Outperforms Voice Change as a Clinical Predictor of Dysphagia,” in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. The study investigated if voice change or disorders of the voice after swallowing are valid predictors of dysphagia (swallowing difficulties).

Marlboro Institute Assistant Professor Ioana Jucan recently released a new book, Malicious Deceivers: Thinking Machines and Performative Objects published in August, 2023 by Stanford University Press. The book unpacks the notion of fakeness through the related logics of dissimulation (deception) and simulation (performativity) as seen with software/AI, television, plastics, and the internet. Read more in Emerson Today.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Professor Ruth Grossman is one of five investigators receiving a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project “Ready to CONNECT: Conversation and Language in Autistic Teens,” funded by the NIH’s National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders. Read more in Emerson Today. Read more in Emerson Today.

Communication Studies Professor Richard West has been named the winner of the National Communication Association’s (NCA) 2023 Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Service Award in recognition of a lifetime of contributions to the field of communication. Read more in Emerson Today.

Visual & Media Arts Assistant Professor Ougie Pak was selected to participate in the 2023 TIFF Filmmaker Lab, a talent development program which provides directors with an exceptional professional development experience at the Toronto International Film Festival and an introduction to the global community of filmmaking.

Visual & Media Arts affiliated faculty Heather Cassano is the recipient of a 2023 LEF/CIFF Fellowship, the LEF Foundation’s partnership with Points North Institute to support five New England-based filmmaker teams to attend the Camden International Film Festival and connect with other filmmakers and industry leaders.

Writing, Literature & Publishing Associate Professor Benoit Denizet-Lewis received a Public Scholars award from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his upcoming book, We Don’t Know You Anymore: Identity Change in America. The NEH Public Scholars program offers grants to individual authors for research, writing, travel, and other activities leading to the publication of well-researched nonfiction books in the humanities.

Assistant professor Novuyo Tshuma‘s new novel ‘Digging Stars’ debuted on September 12, 2023, and was reviewed by the New York Times. Blending drama and satire while examining the complexities of colonialism, racism, and being American, ‘Digging Stars’ probes the universes of love, friendship, family and nationhood.

Associate Professor Vincent Raynauld and his co-author Mireille Lalance at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières won a 2023 Best Paper Award from The Northeastern Political Science Association. “The Hyper-Masculine Campaign: Party Leader Brand Image, Heteronormativity, and the 2021 Canadian Federal Election,” won in the Identity Issues Best Paper category.

Affiliated Faculty Professional Development Fund (AFDF): Now Accepting Applications For AY24-25 Support (Due March 15, 2024)

The Affiliated Faculty Professional Development Fund (AFDF) is now accepting applications for support in Academic Year 2024-25.

The AFDF supports the scholarly and creative activities of the affiliated faculty members of Emerson College. The Office of Research and Creative Scholarship administers the fund.

The application deadline for AFDF funding in Academic Year (AY) 2024-2025 will be on March 15, 2024. Grants awarded for AY24-25 must be conducted between July 1, 2024 and June 30, 2025.


To be eligible for these funds, the applicant:

  • Must be a member of the Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College (AFEC-AAUP);
  • Must have taught at least one course during each of the prior three consecutive years, including the current academic year (2023-2024); and-
  • Must be slated to teach at least one Emerson course in the Academic Year for which the AFDF award will be granted (2024-2025).


The AFDF Grant will provide support for approved projects up to $1,500 each. The Provost makes the final decision for funding and determination of awards, based on the recommendations of the AFDF Committee.

Types of Activities Funded

  • Travel and expenses leading to scholarly, peer-reviewed publications
  • Travel and expenses leading to the production of creative and artistic works such as media productions, creative writing, performances, screenplays, exhibitions, audio and music productions, etc.
  • Travel and expenses related to refereed conference presentations of scholarly or creative activities
  • Travel and expenses related to presentations to industry-related conferences and conventions
  • Expenses for attending seminars and conferences related to new course development
  • Expenses for attending faculty development seminars and conferences to improve teaching skills

Types of Activities Not Funded

  • Activities that are already defined as part of affiliated faculty members’ expected duties and responsibilities.
  • Activities for which the affiliated faculty member is already receiving compensation, course release, or some other form of College support.
  • Additional salary or compensation for Emerson faculty and staff.
  • Retroactive expenses and activities

Criteria and Considerations

  • Applications must be complete, clearly written, compelling, well defined and easily understood by all of the reviewers.
  • Applications that are incomplete and do not follow directions may be disqualified.
  • While applicants may apply for consecutive year awards, the committee will evaluate proposals that are a continuation of any previously funded projects to determine if funding is appropriate.
  • Support for travel from the AFDF should be for activities that directly advance proposal activities.
  • Applicants are required to submit a report of their project after completion.
  • Applicants must be slated to teach at least one Emerson course in the academic year for which the AFDF award will be granted (2024–2025).

Application Instructions

Eligible applicants may begin their AFDF application by clicking on this link. After you submit your proposal, you will receive a copy of your responses via email, and will have until March 15, 2024 to make any changes.

AFDF Calendar

January 16, 2024AFDF is announced
March 15, 2024AFDF applications are due via Google Forms
After March 15, 2024Committee evaluation of all proposals and recommendations to the Provost regarding proposal support and level of funding
By April 26, 2024The Provost, in consideration of the recommendations provided by the AFDF Committee, will make final selections and award determinations. The Provost will notify the committee in writing, electronically, about the final awards.
By May 10, 2024AFDF recipients are notified that they are receiving the award.
July 2024 through June 2025Approved projects conducted
June 15, 2025Last day to request reimbursement for eligible expenses in Workday.
November 1, 2025Final report due for projects conducted during FY2025.

The AFDF Committee

Applications will be reviewed by Affiliated Faculty Professional Development Fund (AFDF) Committee (“the Committee”) consisting of five (5) adjuncts, three of whom will be elected by the affiliated faculty, and two of whom will be appointed by the Provost. Members serving on the committee are not eligible to apply for awards from the Fund in the year(s) on which they are reviewing applications.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Eric Asetta at eric_asetta@emerson.edu

Limited Funding Opportunity: Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) Program, Round 2 (Applications Due February 2, 2024)

In partnership with the Graduate Student Association and the Office of Graduate Studies, the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship (ORCS) is soliciting proposals to support Graduate Research Assistants to work with and be mentored by a faculty member for the Spring 2024 semester. In the event the full GRA funding pool is not awarded following the conclusion of the Fall application cycle, a second, smaller application cycle is held at the beginning of the Spring semester. Applicants for the second cycle cannot be Fall GRA recipients.

The intent is to extend the student’s classroom learning, expose them to current challenges in their discipline, build analytical skills, and provide a meaningful work experience that will also benefit faculty in the development of their research and scholarship agenda. Through this program, we also hope to encourage faculty to submit external grant applications that include graduate research assistants.

Funds are available to support a very limited number of GRA positions for the spring semester. If you are interested in mentoring a GRA, please submit a completed proposal, using the Round 2 GRA Application Form, by February 2, 2024.

Note: Proposals that do not use the required Google Form application will not be reviewed.

The application deadline for the Spring 2024 GRA grant will be on February 2, 2024.

Upcoming Grant Period
Grants awarded in Spring 2024 must be conducted between February 12, 2024 and June 15, 2024.

GRA Funding
The maximum award will be $2,000 per student, though amounts awarded are dependent on the number of applications received and availability of funding. The funds can be used to hire a graduate student assistant at a recommended hourly rate of $15.25. Additionally, a portion of the amount requested (inclusive of the $2,000 maximum) may be allocated to the costs associated with a mentored GRA attending a relevant academic or professional conference.

Proposals need to include a clear and concise description of the project, the expected outcomes, and how the work will be evaluated and/or disseminated. Applicants should outline how this work benefits their discipline, their professional research/scholarship agenda, and the student. Applicants should include a short job description for the Graduate Research Assistant position, including responsibilities, required skills, and any other pertinent aspects that will be used when the open position gets posted on the Student Employment website. If the application includes funds for conference travel, the applicant must identify the conference, its location and dates, and explain how it will enhance the student’s learning and academic growth.

FOR FACULTY: Full-time term and tenured/tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply. Current GRA recipients from the Fall application cycle are not eligible. 

FOR STUDENTS: Students must be enrolled in Emerson graduate courses during the academic year, and not be employed by the College as a teacher or affiliated faculty member.

Eligible Projects
Examples of Eligible Projects:

  • Support for a student to assist in research, literature review for a book or other project
  • Support for a student to assist in development or curating of curricular or scholarly materials
  • Support for a student to assist in data collection, cataloging, and analysis
  • Support for a student as a film or production assistant
  • Support for the student to attend an academic or scholarly conference related to their field of study (alongside student wages)

Ineligible Projects Examples of Ineligible Projects:

  • Support for a student to provide general clerical and administrative assistance for regular academic and teaching duties
  • Projects that do not clearly demonstrate a meaningful work and learning experience for students
  • Compensation or support for regular curricular, credit-bearing activities, such as coursework, theses, or directed studies
  • Requests for travel/conference funds that do not also include student wages

Criteria & Considerations Proposals must include:

  • A clear and concise description of the project
  • The expected outcomes of the project or research
  • How the work will be evaluated
  • Outline how this work benefits your discipline, your professional research/scholarship agenda, and the student
  • Include a short job description for the Graduate Research Assistant position, including responsibilities, required skills, and any other pertinent aspects that will be used when the open position gets posted in Workday
  • If the application includes funds for conference travel, applicants must identify
    1. The name of the conference
    2. The dates and location of the conference
    3. An explanation of how the conference will enhance the student’s learning and academic growth

The maximum award will be $2,000 per student at a recommended hourly rate of $15.25/hour.

GRA Application Form
Eligible faculty members can access the FY2024 GRA Application Form here.  Applicants can fill out the application and make changes to the form until the deadline date of February 2, 2024.

Spring 2024 Calendar

  • January 16, 2024: GRA Application cycle opens
  • February 2, 2024: Applications are due via Google Forms
  • February 2 through February 10, 2024: Review and selection of applications
  • February 12, 2024: Applicants notified of funding decisions
  • February 12 through June 15, 2024: Approved projects conducted

Review and Selection of Applications
ORCS will review the applications and make recommendations for selection to the Office of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student Association.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to direct them  to eric_asetta@emerson.edu. 

External Funding Opportunities: Spring 2024

The Office of Research & Creative Scholarship would like to share several popular funding sources accepting applications this spring. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please reach out to the ORCS office.

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Applications due February 25, 2024
The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts fosters the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. The Graham realizes this vision through making project-based grants to individuals and organizations and producing exhibitions, events, and publications.

NEA Creative Writing Fellowships
Applications due March 13, 2024
The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Applications are reviewed for artistic excellence and artistic merit of the submitted manuscript. In 2024, the program is accepting applications for fellowships in poetry. Fellowships in prose will be accepted in March, 2025.

Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program
Applications due early April, 2024
The Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program is nurturing a new generation of serious and enterprising journalists. This year-long program allows writers early in their careers to pursue projects they otherwise would be unable to research and report. Applicants should have less than 10 years’ experience as professional journalists and must be U.S. citizens. There are three tiers to the program: Fellowships provide up to $35,000 in grant money and expense assistance. Full Fellowships, which require that recipients devote their full-time efforts to their project, provide up to $75,000. Alumni Fund Fellowships provide support for recipients to write one in-depth, major essay on their topic.

Creative Capital
Applications due April 4, 2024
The Creative Capital Foundation welcomes innovative and original new project proposals in visual arts, performing arts, film/moving image, technology, literature, multidisciplinary, and socially engaged forms for its 2024 grant cycle. Creative Capital is one of the only non-profit organizations to offer awards to individual artists through an open application process; therefore, it is very competitive, with less than 1% of applicants receiving awards. Creative Capital provides each funded project with up to $50,000 in direct funding, and career development services valued at $45,000. In recent years, more than 75% of awardees have been artists of color—including Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous artists—of all ages, abilities, and regions across the United States.

National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowships
Applications due April 10, 2024
NEH Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Award amount ranges from $30,000 to $60,000 for a 6-12 month project period. Faculty may not teach during the grant period.

Boston Athenaeum Fellowship
Applications due April 15, 2024
The Boston Athenaeum (next to campus at 10-1/2 Beacon St) offers short-term fellowships to support the use of Athenaeum collections for research, publication, curriculum and program development, or other creative projects. Each fellowship pays a stipend for a four-week residency and includes a year’s membership to the Boston Athenaeum. Scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, teaching faculty, and professionals in the humanities as well as teachers and librarians in secondary public, private, and parochial schools are eligible to apply.

NEH Humanities Initiative at Colleges and Universities
Applications due May 7, 2024
The NEH Humanities Initiative at Colleges & Universities strengthens the teaching and study of the humanities at institutions of higher education by developing new humanities programs, resources (including those in digital format), or courses, or by enhancing existing ones. Projects must be organized around a core topic or set of themes drawn from such areas of study in the humanities as history, philosophy, religion, literature, and composition and writing skills. The project period can be between 1-3 years and the total award is up to $150,000.

Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program
Applications due May 15, 2024
The Arts Writers grant supports writers who are writing about contemporary visual art. Ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 in three categories—articles, books, and short-form writing—these grants support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from short reviews for magazines and newspapers to in-depth scholarly studies. The foundation also supports art writing that engages criticism through interdisciplinary methods or experiments with literary styles. As long as a writer meets the eligibility and publishing requirements, they can apply.

Institute for Humane Studies Grants for Course Buyouts
Rolling Deadline; due at least 6 months before the start of the requested semester.
The Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University provides funding to full-time faculty members from various disciplines at research and teaching institutions for course buyouts and salary support in order to work on their research projects and prepare them for publication.

Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
Rolling Deadline
The Delmas foundation intends to further the humanities along a broad front, supporting projects which address the concerns of the historical studia humanitatis: a humanistic education rooted in the great traditions of the past; the formation of human beings according to cultural, moral, and aesthetic ideals derived from that past; and the ongoing debate over how these ideals may best be conceived and realized. Programs in the following areas are eligible: history; archaeology; literature; languages, both classical and modern; philosophy; ethics; comparative religion; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; and those aspects of the social sciences which share the content and methods of humanistic disciplines. The Foundation welcomes projects that cross the boundaries between humanistic disciplines and explore the connection between the humanities and other areas of scholarship.

The Laura Bassi Scholarship for Editorial Assistance: Applications Due November 30

The Laura Bassi Scholarship was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed, within their disciplines. The scholarships are open to every discipline and are awarded three times per year: December, April, and August. The value of the scholarship is remitted solely through editorial assistance as follows:

Master’s candidates: $750
Doctoral candidates: $2,500
Junior academics: $500

These figures reflect the upper bracket of costs of editorial assistance for master’s theses, doctoral dissertations, and academic journal articles, respectively. All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of full-time employment. There are no institutional, departmental, or national restrictions.


Winter 2023

Deadline: 30 November 2023
Results: 11 December 2023

How to ApplyApplicants are required to submit a completed application form along with their CV using the portal prompted by the ‘Apply’ button below by the relevant deadline.

To help defray the Scholarship’s administrative costs, applicants are subject to a voluntary USD 10.00 fee. All applicants who are unable to pay the application fee are welcome to take advantage of the fee waiver option on the application portal. If you wish to pay the application fee in a non-USD currency, please consult the FAQ below for instructions.

Answers to common questions about the application process are provided in the FAQ section. In order to avoid delays, applicants are encouraged to read the FAQ carefully before writing to us with their questions.

Please do not submit your application material by email, as this would breach our impartiality rules and potentially invalidate your application. If you wish to update your application material, please upload your documents afresh using the same email address as your initial submission. Your dossier will then update automatically. Please also note that your application documents need to be uploaded together rather than separately.

Boston Athenæum Fellowship Opportunities

The Boston Athenæum offers short-term fellowships to support the use of Athenæum collections for research, publication, curriculum and program development, or other creative projects. Each fellowship pays a stipend for a residency of twenty days (four weeks) and includes a year’s membership to the Boston Athenæum. Scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, teaching faculty, and professionals in the humanities as well as teachers and librarians in secondary public, private, and parochial schools are eligible.

Applications for most fellowships are due annually by April 15. Additionally, the Athenæum participates in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, a collaboration of 31 major cultural agencies that will offer at least two dozen $5,000 awards for eight weeks of research between June 1, 2024 and May 31, 2025. Applications are submitted online via the Massachusetts Historical Society, and are due February 1, 2024.

Faculty Spotlight – November 2023

Performing Arts Professor Magda Romanska’s celebrated 2013 play, Opheliamachine, will be published by Methuen Drama in February 2024. Bringing together eight different translations and two introductory essays, this new edition was supported in part by an award from the Faculty Advancement Fund Grant (FAFG). 

CSD Associate Professor Rhiannon Luyster was awarded a new subaward from New York University for an NIH-funded project entitled, “Language processing and word learning in preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder.” This is Dr. Luyster’s second NIH-supported collaboration with Professor Sudha Arunachalam of NYU’s Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders.

Three VMA faculty members were awarded Pre-Production and Early Development Grants by the LEF Moving Image Fund for feature-length documentary films they are currently working on. These are Marc Fields and Shaun Clarke for The Midway in Sunlight and Shadow; and Kathryn Ramey for SILVER & earth.

WLP Affiliated Faculty Member Michael Boezi, who is also a musician, released a single, “Fever“, on his website and on all streaming services. Supported in part by a grant from the Affiliated Faculty Professional Development Fund (AFDF), the song is about, in Michael’s words, “having empathy for the victims of disinformation, propaganda, and gaslighting. We have more in common than the media distortions of division, and we have to start talking to one another in order to solve the urgent issues of our time.”

VMA and WLP Affiliated faculty member Dr. Jocelyn E. Marshall published three scholarly articles in 2023: “Collaborative timeslips in Gabrielle Civil’s black feminist performance art and writing” in Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 32, no. 2 (2023): 1-27; “Calling Out and In: In Plain Sight and Queer Feminist Care at the Border(s)” in Public Art Dialogue 13, no. 1 (2023): 101-123; and “Sexual-Textual-Spiritual: Artistic Practice & Other Rituals as Queer Becoming and Beyond” in Rejoinder (journal of Rutgers University’s Institute for Research on Women), Issue 8, May 2023.

AY2023-24 Graduate Student Assistantship (GRA) Grant Recipients

The Office of Research and Creative Scholarship, the Office of Graduate Studies, and the Graduate Student Association would like to congratulate the following faculty members, who were awarded funding from the Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) program this year:

Current RankDepartmentProject
Raquel PidalAssistant
Writing, Literature, and PublishingRe-Visioning: A Guide to Developmental Editing for the Twenty-First Century
Mili MathewAssociate ProfessorCommunication Science DisordersAspects of Hand Gesture and Discourse Production in Persons with Fluent and Nonfluent Aphasia
Joshua Rashon StreeterAssistant
Performing ArtsTheatre for the Very Young: New Work Development Process

Formed from a partnership between the Graduate Student Association, the Office of Graduate Studies, and the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship, the GRA grant intends is to extend the student’s classroom learning, expose them to current challenges in their discipline, build analytical skills, and provide a meaningful work experience that will also benefit faculty in the development of their research and scholarship agenda.

Grants for Creative Individuals (Massachusetts Cultural Council): Application Open Through December 11, 2023

Taking the place of long-running programs such as the Artist Fellowship, Cultural Sector Recovery Program, and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships, the Grants for Creative Individuals program seeks to “equitably advance creativity throughout the Commonwealth with unrestricted grants to individuals who demonstrate achievement of creative expression and commitment to their artistic/cultural practice.”

Eligible applicants can apply for unrestricted grants of $5,000, which will be awarded to “artist[s], culture bearer[s], or creative practitioner[s] active in any artistic/creative discipline… [who] demonstrate achievement of creative expression and commitment to their artistic/cultural practice.”

Who Can Apply

MCC encourages you to apply if you are:

An artist, culture bearer, or creative practitioner active in any artistic/creative discipline. For this program, the definition of “artist/culture bearer/creative practitioner” includes individuals whose creative expression is based in: community-based arts, crafts, dance, design, digital, film/video, folk/world/traditional arts, native/indigenous arts, literature, music, performance, photography, theater, and visual arts.

If you have any questions about whether your work is eligible for this grant, contact the MCC.

AND you meet all the following requirements:

  • You are 18 years of age or older.
  • You are a full-year resident of Massachusetts for calendar year 2023 AND when grants are awarded in Spring 2024. This means you maintain your “legal residence” in Massachusetts, and you meet the definition of a “full-year resident”. Both terms are defined in the Massachusetts tax code.
  • You are not currently enrolled at a college or university as a full-time undergraduate student or as a graduate student in the arts.
  • You did not receive a Cultural Sector Recovery Grant, Artist Fellowship grant, or a Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant over $2,000 in 2021, 2022, or 2023.
  • You are not a governor-appointed Mass Cultural Council member. Mass Cultural Council staff and family are likewise ineligible to apply.

Additional Information

As this award is made directly to the individual, submission through Emerson College and coordination with ORCS is not required.

Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowships for Higher Education of Present and Prospective Teachers- Applications Due January 5, 2024

The Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation recently issued its 2024 call for applications for Fellowships of Higher Education of Present and Prospective Teachers

The primary purpose of the fellowship is to enable teachers (with an emphasis on present teachers at the college or university level) to study abroad or at some location other than that with which they are most closely associated. The aim is to stimulate and broaden the minds of teachers so as to improve and enhance the quality of their instruction.

Grants are primarily for travel and related expenses (salary, scholarships, and equipment are not allowable on these grants). In 2023, the average award was $6,105.

If you intend to apply, please complete and submit an ORCS Pre-Approval Request no later than Friday, December 8 (instructions for using the pre-approval form can be found here). The final application documents must be delivered to ORCS at least three business days before the sponsor deadline of January 5, 2024.

Forms and templates for the program can be downloaded here. The application consists of the following:

  1. Project Description (three pages maximum)
  2. Curriculum Vitae showing the application to be a university or college teacher
  3. Detailed budget indicating the estimated travel expense to be incurred in carrying out the project
  4. Completed Candidate Information Form (see attached document)
  5. Two letters of recommendation from fellow faculty members or professors. One of these must be from your department chair The supporting letters must be on official letterhead.

ORCS will officially submit all proposals for Whiting fellowships on behalf of the applicants and the College. All resulting awards will be made to the College, which manages the funds on behalf of the awardees.

Award winners will be notified by email on Monday, April 8, 2024. Grants typically do not exceed $6,000 and may begin as early as the Summer of 2024. Projects must be completed no later than May 31, 2026. Applications received after January 5, 2024 will not be considered by the Foundation.

If you have any questions about this opportunity or the application process, please contact Eric Asetta or Diana Potter.

The M. C. Lang Fellowship in Book History, Bibliography, and Humanities Teaching with Historical Sources (Application Open through November 17, 2023)

The following fellowship opportunity was forwarded to ORCS from our friends in Iwasaki Library. We are sharing it with faculty for whom it may be of interest. 

If you are interested in applying, or have any questions, please contact eric_asetta@emerson.edu.


Rare Book School (RBS) at the University of Virginia Charlottesville is now offering an exciting fellowship opportunity for those teaching undergraduates about book history: the M. C. Lang Fellowship in Book History, Bibliography, and Humanities Teaching with Historical Sources

The Lang Fellowship is a two-year program designed to animate humanities teaching and equip educators at liberal arts colleges and small universities in the United States to enlarge their students’ historical sensibilities through bibliographically informed instruction with original historical sources. The deadline to apply is Friday, 17 November 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The fellowship includes:

  • tuition waivers for two RBS courses (H-165. Book History, Bibliography, and Humanities Teaching, and a second RBS course), held in the summer months
  • an annual stipend of $1,500 for travel, housing, course books, and other costs related to the Fellow’s RBS course attendance
  • and the opportunity to apply for matching funds of up to $1,000 each year of the fellowship to further the Fellow’s efforts to foster book-historical humanities teaching at their home institution 

RBS will be hosting an informational Zoom session about the program on Wednesday, 25 October at 7 p.m. ET. You may register to attend by filling in this form. The session will be recorded and shared if you miss the live stream. 

For more information about program details, the application process, and eligibility requirements, review the attached brochure, or please visit: https://rarebookschool.org/admissions-awards/fellowships/lang/

Inquiries about the M. C. Lang Fellowship can be directed to rbs_lang@virginia.edu.

About Rare Book School

Rare Book School (RBS) is an independent, non-profit, and tax-exempt institute supporting the study of the history of books and printing and related subjects, governed by its own board of directors. Founded in 1983, it moved to its present home at the University of Virginia in 1992.

RBS is committed to supporting diversity and to advancing the scholarship of persons of every race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, and socio-economic background, and to enhancing the diversity of the professions and academic disciplines it represents. 
RBS is also currently accepting applications for its scholarships (due 1 November) and Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography: Junior Fellows Program (due 17 November).

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