Special Collections Research Center Accepting Proposals for 2025-2026 Faculty Fellows Program

March 1, 2024, 2 p.m.

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Anthropology student Katie Hunt presents her work from Professor of Anthropology and 2018-2019 SCRC Faculty Fellow Shannon Novak’s ANT 400/600: Excavating Bodies in the Archive course at a public showcase of student research in Spring 2023.

The Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is accepting proposals now through April 26, 2024, for two Faculty Fellows for the 2025-2026 academic year. The SCRC Faculty Fellows Program provides a $5,000 fellowship payment, pedagogical guidance in centering archival and special collections and ongoing class support for those interested in providing students with an experiential learning opportunity by incorporating primary source materials as central to their course. Applications are being accepted for the development or revision of a three-credit course to be taught in the Fall 2025 or Spring 2026 semester from any discipline on campus.

Syracuse University Libraries’ SCRC Faculty Fellows Program aims to support innovative curriculum development and foster new ideas about how to transform the role of special collections and archival research in university instruction. During the four-week summer residency, each Fellow receives expert guidance through workshops and training sessions on handling special collections materials, teaching students how to research within and across collections and designing hands-on, individualized, creative and critically minded assignments with rare materials.

SCRC’s primary sources span over 4,000 years--from the 21st century BCE to the 21st century CE--and represent an array of topics and perspectives relevant to the study of human culture and knowledge. They include various formats, including written and printed material, art, architecture and design, and music and recorded sound. Engaging with SCRC’s rare and archival collections allows students, faculty and researchers to explore and question historical evidence and testimonies while connecting with the innovative and enduring ways people have communicated, documented their experiences and recorded personal memories throughout history.

For questions or additional information about the SCRC Faculty Fellows Program, contact Jana Rosinski, SCRC Instruction & Education Librarian, at jrosinsk@syr.edu. More information on the SCRC Faculty Fellows Program is available online.

The Libraries is thankful to George Bain G’06, a member of the Library Associates, for his generous gift of funding toward the Faculty Fellows in 2022-24 The original funding for the SCRC Faculty Fellows Program was made possible through the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, which promotes the advancement and perpetuation of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity by encouraging excellence in scholarship and in the performing arts, and by supporting research libraries and other institutions that transmit our cultural heritage. The SU Libraries and Library Associates invite gifts to support the SCRC Faculty Fellows Program and this unique opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students. Each $5,000 gift will support a Fellow for a semester-long class. Please contact Ron Thiele, Assistant Dean for Advancement for the Libraries, at rlthiele@syr.edu or 315.560.9419 for more information about making a gift.

About Special Collections Research Center and Syracuse University Libraries:

Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center collects, preserves and provides access to materials that document the history of Syracuse University and our global society, including rare printed materials, original manuscripts, photographs, artworks, audio and moving image recordings, University records and more. Collection areas include activism and social reform, radicalism in the arts, architecture and industrial design, photography, the history of recorded sound and more. Located on the 6th floor of Bird Library, the SCRC is a vibrant research and learning environment for Syracuse University students, faculty and the broader scholarly community, providing access to world-renowned rare and archival collections and expert guidance in their use to facilitate personal discovery and the creation of new knowledge.

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