Call for Nominations: Dennis M. Jones Distinguished Teaching Professorship in the Humanities

FOR 2018-2019 and 2019-2020

I invite your nominations for the next Dennis M. Jones Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities, to serve for the two upcoming academic years (2018-19 and 2019-20).

Please send nominations to <[email protected]> no later than Monday, February 26, 2018.  A committee of two former Jones Professors, another faculty member, and a student, together with the Dean and President, will make the selection.

A reminder that the Jones Professorship, named for the late Dennis Jones of our faculty, recognizes distinction in the humanities and carries with it an award of $5,000 to support a two-year project to enhance humanities education at Luther.  In addition to the stipend, the professorship carries a programming budget of $15,000 and three courses of reassigned time over the two-year term (generally two in one year, one in the other, in consultation with the Dean).

Full-time faculty whose work is chiefly devoted to the work of the humanities are eligible to be nominated. According to the 1965 National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, "The term 'humanities' includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following:  language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence;  philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life."

The specific criteria for choosing the Jones Professor were given in the original proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Here they are:

    1.  The person "knows and understands significant issues in his or her humanities discipline."
    2.  The person "demonstrates ability to nurture the intellectual life of students."  This criterion includes a strong emphasis on engaging students in "intellectual interchange" within and beyond class.
    3.  The person "comprehends values and traditions of the humanities." This criterion stresses the person's recognition that humanities learning affects our lives beyond academe.
    4.  The person "provides academic leadership in the humanities." This criterion emphasizes leadership in the college as a whole:  "one who speaks with an authoritative voice and is a vital force in shaping education at Luther."

We look forward to receiving your nominations.

Kevin Kraus
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College