Unpacking the History of Higher Education, George Mason University Summer Institute, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Are you eager to explore the history of higher education in the United States? Improve history of higher education courses nationally? Deepen humanities engagement among future higher education leaders?

A collage of primary sources related to the history of higher education.

This 4-week summer institute is designed for faculty, advanced doctoral students, librarians, and archivists who teach or support courses on the history of higher education in the U.S. Project scholars will introduce research on a range of topics — including student activism, women in higher education, federal policy, the legacy of slavery, HBCUs, HSIs, Tribal Colleges, student affairs, internationalization, incarcerated students, and town-gown relationships — during engaging, interactive workshops. We will explore many kinds of primary sources that historians use to study the past — including films, advertisements, yearbooks, newspapers, institutional documents, legislation, and oral history — and learn effective strategies for engaging students with these sources.

Who should apply:

  • Full- and part-time faculty, including tenured, tenure track, and non-tenure track, as well as advanced doctoral candidates who teach or plan to teach the history of higher education in the United States.
  • Librarians and archivists who work on the history of higher education and/or support history of higher education courses

Complete the application form by March 5, 2024, including 2 short responses about your interest in the history of higher education and a 2-page CV or resume. Accepted participants will be notified starting April 5, 2024. Each accepted participant will receive a stipend of $3,450 intended to offset or help with costs. More details available here.