UBC-Vancouver Public Humanities Hub Public Engagement Award

The UBC-Vancouver Public Humanities Hub (PHH) is delighted to announce this year’s competition for three Public Humanities Public Engagement Awards.

New this year

On the advice of the Awards Committee, the awards that were formerly construed as two $1500 awards have been re-defined as three $1000 awards:

  1. One award to recognize the contributions of a tenured or tenure-track UBC-Vancouver faculty member (in research or educational leadership streams) in the Faculty of Arts, Allard School of Law, or the Faculty of Education.
  2. One award to recognize the contributions of a UBC-Vancouver lecturer, sessional, or postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Arts, Allard School of Law, or the Faculty of Education.
  3. One award to recognize the contributions of a UBC-Vancouver graduate student in the Faculty of Arts, Allard School of Law, or the Faculty of Education.

The three awards will be given to individuals who have exhibited outstanding public humanities engagement in the past two years. The Public Humanities Hub recognizes that there are many diverse publics and many diverse modes of engaging these publics. We encourage nominations of individuals a) who employ more traditional forms of engagement, i.e. through print and broadcast media, and/or b) who employ more creative approaches like community partnerships, podcasts, videos, films, exhibitions, festivals and more. We are particularly interested in recognizing scholars whose work has contributed to the expansion of the range of voices in public discourse and who attempt to facilitate two-way dialogue with broader publics. For examples from previous years:

See the winners of the 2021 Public Engagement Awards

Adjudication

The Public Humanities Hub’s Awards Committee will consider the following criteria when considering nominations:

  1. the creativity and innovation of the forms of public engagement,
  2. the impact of these forms of engagement (qualitative, i.e. uptake by students and colleagues, policy changes, translations, etc. OR quantitative, i.e.  readership, attendance figures, etc.)
  3. the degree of knowledge exchange fostered, and
  4. the timeliness of the scholar’s contributions.

Nomination Procedures

To nominate someone (or yourself) for the prize, please upload to the link below by May 4, 2022, 4pm Pacific Time the following:

  1. a letter (maximum 3 pages) addressed to Dr. Mary Chapman, Academic Director of Public Humanities Hub, that includes a rationale for the nomination and describes two examples of the nominee’s public humanities engagement in the past two years;
  2. links to or attachments for these two examples;
  3. a short CV that highlights the nominee’s public engagement work.

If possible, please upload save these documents as a single PDF file and name it using the following format:
PEA 2022 nom – Nomineesurname.pdf

We encourage those who wish to nominate themselves to consult their unit’s Head or awards committee to ask for their support. The prizes will be awarded later in May. Each winner will receive $1000 and be recognized on the Public Humanities Hub webpage. Winners can use prize funds for any purpose.


Deadline: May 8, 2022, 4pm Pacific Time 
Terms of Reference and Instructions (PDF)

For queries related to this award, please contact public.humanities@ubc.ca.