Initiatives requiring funding

Endowed faculty research fellowships: Currently, aside from one endowed faculty research fellowship (Ernest Moll Fellowship), all OHC faculty research fellowships are funded through either non-recurring institutional funds from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation and the Office of the Provost or private gifts. Because these funds are neither dedicated nor recurring, OHC research support programs are always subject to shifting institutional priorities and economic conditions.

Interdisciplinary faculty research fellowships: A new competitive, collaborative faculty research fellowship program to provide two faculty members, ideally from different units, a term off from teaching to collaborate on a single interdisciplinary research project.

Endowed graduate fellowships: Currently, the OHC does not have any recurring, permanent funding to support the OHC dissertation and graduate research support fellowship programs, and annual gifts and unrestricted endowment funds are entirely relied upon. Based on OHC metrics, these programs speed dissertation completion and increase students’ likelihood of job-placement.

Faculty conference support fellowships: A new competitive faculty conference support fellowship to provide one or two faculty members funding support to organize and host a significant academic conference on the UO campus, focused around a pressing research area. Proposed conferences would involve visiting scholars, faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates from UO, and include at least one event aimed at a broad, general audience.

Visiting scholar program: Similar to the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics’ visiting scholar program, this program would bring leading humanities researchers from around the US and the world to campus for residencies (of varying lengths) in order to share their research expertise and mentor UO faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates with related research interests.

Update technology in OHC conference room: Technology improvements would allow for more interactive online collaborations, conference calls, and up-to-date facilities for presentations and meetings that serve other departments.

Reestablish full OHC staffing: The OHC is currently staffed by a director, an associate director, a communications coordinator, a program coordinator, and a work study student assistant. An additional staff position of office specialist 2 (OS2) has remained vacant for over five years due to budgetary constraints. The faculty conference support fellowship (see above) would require an additional OHC staff member to organize the conferences.