A Great Lakes Colleges Association initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

(CLOSED) 2018-2019 Open CFP for GLCA Faculty! Microgrants supporting community-based teaching with interview methods and the digital humanities

2018-2019 OHLA Call for Proposals: For GLCA-affiliated Faculty


PROPOSAL DUE: January 1, 2018

The OHLA initiative is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for the 2017-2018 academic year. We invite faculty or faculty/administrator teams from the Great Lakes Colleges Association to submit proposals for oral history projects that focus upon the teaching of oral history theory and practice. With an emphasis on expanding oral history pedagogy in the liberal arts, stipends will be awarded for projects that afford students opportunities to participate in inquiry-based learning through oral history.

OHLA will review proposals for newly designed projects as well as existing, ongoing endeavors. OHLA seeks to encourage faculty and student collaborations wherein oral history methodologies are emphasized and facilitated, and will support such undertakings by providing advice from experienced consultants, sharing access to model forms and documents, giving instruction in digital technologies, providing archival support, and issuing stipends for project leaders.

OHLA Faculty Fellow: Recipient will be awarded a stipend of $3,600/one academic year of participation. Faculty awardees will: Integrate oral history into coursework, implement a digital humanities project with student participation, publish and share materials such as syllabi and blog posts, and write a peer-reviewed case study.

We are particularly interested in projects that:

  • Build on the knowledge base of existing oral history literature.
  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of oral history methodologies and practices for teaching students.
  • Propose new or creative oral history practices and methodologies.
  • Suggest new ideas and best practices for incorporating oral history pedagogy into the classroom.
  • Instruct teachers on teaching oral history.
  • Afford students opportunities to participate in inquiry-based learning through oral history.
  • Develop resources to assist the design and execution of projects that involve students in oral history development.
  • Include participants who are persons of color or who come from historically underrepresented or marginalized populations, who hold varying levels of experience or education, and who come from different types of institutions and organizations.

PROPOSAL DUE DATE: January 1, 2018. The OHLA review committee will begin the submission review process on January 5, 2018. All submissions received by that date will receive full consideration; submissions received after that date will be considered following the first round of reviews only if there are funds remaining after the initial grants are awarded.

RECIPIENT NOTIFICATION DATE: January 31, 2018. Award notices will be issued on or about January 31, 2018.

Please submit proposals here by completing our Google Form.

For more information, please contact Prof. Brooke Bryan at or Prof. Ric Sheffield at, or visit


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Brooke directs Oral History in the Liberal Arts for the Great Lakes Colleges Association, supporting more than 60 Mellon-funded research projects employing interview methodology and digital tools for community-based learning. In its 5th year, the program has grown into a partnership with the Global Liberal Arts Alliance to support transnational interview projects. She travels regularly offering workshops on the philosophy of oral history and critical community pedagogy. An aesthetic philosopher and oral historian who composes work in narrative, media and textiles, Brooke is a practitioner of critical and digital pedagogies. She currently chairs the Writing Program and serves as Assistant Professor of Writing & Digital Literacy at Antioch College, where she convenes the creativity and story area of practice, teaches nonfiction writing, and supports students in self design majors that engage philosophy, media, oral history, critical community studies, and contemporary art practice. Her current research locates the American quilt within a Deleuzeian aesthetic, exploring its praxis and conservation through virtuality, multiplicity, and event.

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