Working Group on Advancing Arts & Humanities

Sponsored by the Office of Research, the Working Group on Arts & Humanities is a collaborative team of faculty striving to develop and articulate a strategic approach to enhancing arts and humanities research, scholarship, and creative production system wide. Led by Faculty Fellow Ashley Boyd (English), members of the 2023–2024 Working Group are: Chris Dickey (Music), Joe Hedges (Art), M.A. Miller (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), Vanessa Cozza (English), Steven Fountain (History), Eliseo Ortiz (Digital Technology and Culture), Samuel Ginsburg (Languages, Culture, and Race) Johanna Phelps (English), and Jacqueline Wilson (Music). The group’s goals include engaging with multiple stakeholders to define a set of activities and outcomes to enhance Arts & Humanities and to lead multiple types of engagements with faculty.

We will be hosting a series of events to meet these goals and expand the conversation around Arts & Humanities at WSU paired with a funding opportunity in support of work in the Arts & Humanities.


Interdisciplinary Dialogues

In Spring 2024, we will initiate a series of Interdisciplinary Dialogues to welcome conversations around a common theme across units. Three presenters from various areas will briefly share their approach to research, scholarship, and/or creative activity on the selected topic and then will engage in informal conversation with audience members about their related work and interests. The first dialogue was held held February 21st and had the theme “Decay and Resilience,” and the second, on March 27th, will focus on “Borders and Bridges.” The second dialogue will be held at the Bundy Reading Room (Avery Hall) and via Zoom, 5:00–7:00 pm, and refreshments will be provided.

Arts & Humanities Showcase

On April 10th, 2024, we will host a Spring Arts and Humanities Showcase to highlight the research, scholarship, and creative production of WSU faculty. We will show short videos created by students in the Digital Technology and Culture major that feature faculty’s community engaged work as well as engage with flash talks from the spring Arts & Humanities Process Award winners. The showcase will be held at the Lewis Alumni Center and via Zoom, 5:00–7:00 pm, and refreshments will be provided.

Arts & Humanities Process Grants

As part of the Arts & Humanities Initiative, competitions will be held in Spring and Fall 2024 to support faculty’s needs for research, scholarship, and creative activity. The grants are intended to support smaller items needed such as: materials, printing, tools, software, permissions, services (transcription or translation), event support, marketing, participant stipends, etc. Travel is not an eligible expense. Grants are open to all faculty engaged in work based in the Arts & Humanities, regardless of track, campus, or unit. We especially encourage faculty of color, queer, trans, gender non-binary, working-class and other underrepresented individuals to apply.

Spring recipients will be expected to share a 3-minute flash talk of the work supported by the grant at the Spring Showcase event on April 10th, 2024. Fall recipients will share a 3-minute flash talk during an event in Fall 2024.

Proposals for the Spring 2024 grants were due February 16th, 2024 for Spring awards. Proposals for the Fall awards will reopen April 1 and will be due September 20th for Fall awards. For questions about the Arts & Humanities Process Grants, email