Center Fellows

The Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast awards up to three research and creative fellowships each academic year.

The Center (CHC) seeks to support the creation, preservation, and transmission of knowledge of the people, history, culture, institutions, and environment of Southeast Texas and the Gulf Coast between Corpus Christi and Pensacola. Through its interdisciplinary, multicultural programs, the CHC is dedicated to engaging, enriching, and transforming communities across our region.

The Center encourages applications from any discipline.

We are especially interested in projects that consider our core region within broader national, hemispheric, or global frameworks. Working in tandem with the Center’s Director, Judith W. Linsley, Fellows will be expected to produce high quality outcomes (publications, lectures, creative activity, pedagogical materials, etc.) that contribute to our mission. Projects may address important problems of local significance or work to enhance understanding of the region in areas such as energy, history, art, music, literature, environment, society, government, and others. Near the end of the academic year, each Fellow will give a lecture, exhibition, or performance to invited guests, faculty, students, and the wider community.

Fellowships are open to advanced graduate students and faculty at Lamar and other institutions of higher learning, as well as artists, writers, and independent scholars from the wider community. For their service, Lamar Fellows will be given up to a $5,000 grant to cover their related expenses and may be eligible for a one semester 25% teaching load reduction. Non-Lamar Fellows will receive a $5,000 grant. If warranted, Fellows may apply for an additional year.

Previously funded projects include archival research resulting in scholarly publications, a short documentary film, an oral history project, a poetry anthology, and both music and theater performances.

Criteria for Lamar Fellows:

  1. Full-time tenured or tenure-track Lamar faculty with at least one year of full time service to receive funding.
  2. Endowed chair holders and administrators above the level of chair are ineligible.
  3. Faculty may not hold more than one fellowship at a time.
  4. Only applicants with “adequate performance and merit” or higher on the F2.08s are eligible.
  5. Evidence of professional accomplishments in discipline.

Criteria for Non-Lamar Fellows:

  1. Record of professional accomplishments in discipline.
  2. Evidence of a commitment for a high quality outcome (ie. book contract, upcoming exhibition/performance, developmental leave from another institution, etc.)  

The call for applications will be posted in February and the deadline for applications is April 1. Fellows will be announced by the end of each academic year.

2017-2018 Fellows

2017-2018 Center Fellows Marilyn Manson-Hayes, Penny Clark and Dr Bryan Proksch with Center Director Dr Mary Scheer