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CBMR Faculty Fellowship Application Deadline Extended

February 17, 2014

The Center for Black Music Research (CBMR) Faculty Fellowship application deadline has been extended to March 1.

The CBMR Faculty Fellowship recognizes that black music (broadly conceived) is a powerful locus and generator of expressive culture across disciplines, practices, history and geography. The CBMR has been documenting, creating, and disseminating information about the black music experience worldwide since 1983. The holdings of its Library and Archives cover all idioms of black music of the United States and the African diaspora. Collections include books, periodicals, sound recordings in several formats, printed music, photographs and videotapes, manuscripts and archival materials, and a comprehensive collection of theses and dissertations on black music. While the CBMR has developed successful fellowship programs and opportunities (including multiple rounds of Rockefeller Residential Research Fellowships and an ongoing Travel-to-the-Collections grant program), this is its first fellowship designated specifically for Columbia College faculty. It is designed to support a faculty member who is currently working on or is interested in creating a project that would benefit from interaction with CBMR materials, research expertise, and other resources and to generate projects that model cross-disciplinary scholarship, teaching, and/or creative practice.

The Center for Black Music Research Faculty Fellowship Initiative is generously funded through the Provost’s Office.

Fellowship Overview
One fellowship will be awarded per academic year, each to last two semesters (strong preference given to fall/spring). Fellows will pursue significant new or continuing scholarly and/or creative projects the result of which could take the form of, for example, new curricula; digital or traditional publications, tools or apps, and/or a public program or event (exhibition, symposium, performance, etc.) designed and hosted in collaboration with CBMR staff, among other possibilities. Preference will be given to projects that

  • creatively disregard or problematize the theory/practice divide or that grapple with the connection between scholarship and art making;
  • have a strong and thoughtful student engagement component;
  • model collaborative and/or cross-disciplinary work;
  • feature in-depth, sustained, and creative use of CBMR resources.
The recipient of the CBMR Faculty Fellowship will receive one course release each fall and spring semester of the fellowship year. To support their work, CBMR faculty fellows will also receive a stipend beyond their base salary of up to $5K for the academic year, work space and office resources at the CBMR, and CBMR staff support as appropriate (research, reference, administrative, programmatic).

All full-time Columbia College faculty are eligible to apply.

For more information: http://www.colum.edu/CBMR/What_We_Do/fellowships/faculty.php