CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The Meiklejohn-Powell Fellowship
The UW Integrated Liberal Studies Program is pleased to announce its call for the 2012-13 Meiklejohn-Powell Fellowship. A $5,000 fellowship (in addition to the Fellow's regular teaching salary) will be awarded to a faculty or current teaching academic staff member to develop and teach a new class, workshop, or series of Socratic dialogues that in some way reflect the work or concerns of Alexander Meiklejohn and John Walker Powell III.
From 1927-1932, Meiklejohn directed the Experimental College at UW-Madison, where he tested, reworked, and improved his ideas for the ideal liberal education. Meiklejohn deeply believed that education must focus on intensive study in an integrated, unified, and coherent manner. John Walker Powell III took degrees at the UW in Philosophy and Psychology, and returned to teach here for many years. He published books on topics ranging from Judaism, Christianity, and secondary education for adult students. He also edited the abridged version of Meiklejohn's The Experimental College.
The ILS Program announces a call for proposals for the 2012-2013 academic year. The rotating fellowship is available to any member of the UW-Madison faculty and regular teaching academic staff who undertakes:
- To develop and teach a course or seminar specifically dedicated to some aspect of Meiklejohn's and Powell's work and concerns (i.e., a new topics course on American liberal education); or
- To incorporate study and discussion of Meiklejohn's and Powell's thought and/or writings into a preexisting course to which they are appropriate (i.e., introducing a section on Meiklejohn's theory of the First Amendment in a course on constitutional law, or develop Powell's theories of adult education); or
- To develop and teach a workshop or to deliver a saeries of public lectures concerning issues congruent with Meiklejohn’s and Powell's interests.
Examples of appropriate topics: residential learning communities, freedom of speech, critical thinking for an educated citizenry, the philosophy of liberal education, experimental pedagogies in the humanities, or other issues relevant to Meiklejohn's and Powell's concerns.The application deadline is Friday, April 13 for the 2012-13 academic year. For further information, contact Mike Vanden Heuvel (firstname.lastname@example.org, or at  262-2190), Chair of the ILS Program.