About The Program

Since 1996, over 100 BGSU faculty members have completed ICS fellowships. The projects of ICS faculty fellows broadly demonstrate the power of innovative humanities work to expose, address, and respond to complex social problems. Faculty fellowship work has focused on topics such as human trafficking in Costa Rica, the opioid crisis, teaching the Holocaust, forgotten Black composers of classical music, the history and legacy of the 19th Amendment, and many others. We invite you to explore past projects at the bottom of this page. We hope these examples spur innovative ideas for ICS fellowship projects. 

About the Program

Each year up to four BGSU faculty members may receive an ICS Fellowship to pursue community-engaged interdisciplinary research, pedagogical, or creative work for one semester. During the award period, Fellows are freed from teaching and service responsibilities so that they may devote unimpeded time to their projects.

ICS supports interdisciplinary projects in areas where external funding is likely to be limited. We especially encourage applications from Qualified Rank Faculty (QRF) who have few institutional resources to support scholarly and creative work, as well as tenure-track assistant professors early in their careers. 

We are unable to support the following: projects of a purely scientific, technological, or quantitative nature; projects centered on academic unit curriculum (such as a revised major/minor); projects without a community engagement component; or projects from scholars external to Bowling Green State University.


All full-time BGSU faculty members who have successfully completed one Enhanced Performance Review (EPR) are eligible to apply for a fellowship. Awards to untenured (probationary or QRF) faculty are contingent upon reappointment.

Faculty who have previously received an institute award must wait at least five years before reapplying. No more than two faculty from one department or program may be in residence at ICS in any given academic year. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received an ICS Fellowship.

Expectations of the Program

During the award period, recipients are expected to collaborate closely with a community partner, participate actively in the intellectual community at ICS, and offer at least one public event sharing their work. Meaningful public engagement requires purposeful interaction between university and community populations, with the goal of generating tangible, mutual benefit. ICS aheres to an expansive notion of community engagment which may include communities beyond Northwest Ohio. 

Fellows remain on regular academic-year salary throughout the award period. Instructional units receive compensation to offset the release time of selected faculty (a maximum of $5,000 for a one-semester residency in all cases). 

ICS Fellows are asked to acknowledge the role of the institute in publications and creative projects that result from their residency. An ICS fellowship award may be combined with a one-semester Faculty Improvement Leave for a two-term residency at ICS.

Have questions about ICS Faculty Fellowships?

Watch the recording below of our 2023 informational session on ICS Faculty Fellowships, where past fellows and director Jolie Sheffer shared their experiences with the Fellowship Program and answered questions about applying for and utilizing ICS Fellowships!

YearNameTitle of ProjectAffiliation
2023Ryan Ebright Making American Opera after EinsteinMusicology 
2023Angela AhlgrenPlaces, Please: Stage Managers, Gender, and Invisible LaborTheatre and Film 
2022Michaela WalshNavigating Crisis Across Borders: Experiences of a Mexican Indigenous Community in Times of Covid Ethnic Studies 
2022John Dowd AI and Everyday Life: Finding Our Footing in Contemporary Digital SocietySchool of Media and Communication 
2022Niki Kalaf-HughesThank you for Listening: Effective Messaging in Constituent Communications
Political Science
2022Alli HoagLight Forms: Glass Modular Elements for Creating Built EnvironmentsSchool of Art
2021Christopher WitulskiMusic, Memory, and Change in Arab America
2021Bruce ColletSanctuary Churches and Sanctuary Schools in a Context of Migration Securitization
School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy
2020Nicole JacksonWomen Writing Black to the British Empire History
2020Starr Keyes Disability, Race, and the School-to-Prison PipelineCounseling and Special Education
2020Albert DzurThe Challenges of Collaborative Governance in the Opioid CrisisPolitical Science 
2020 Lori LiggettThe Bicycle and the Ballot Box: How American Suffragists Pedaled Their Way to PowerSchool of Media and Communication 
2019Melissa MillerMoms on the Run: Breakthroughs and Barriers in the 2018 ElectionPolitical Science
2019Arne SpohrForgotten Voices: Rediscovering Europe's Black Musical Past
2018Lisa HanasonoThe M-Word: Shattering the Silence of Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss
School of Media and Communication
2018Lara Martin Lengel
Community Organizations' Role in combating Sex Trafficking
School of Media and Communication
2018Nancy Patterson
But I Wanna Say What I Wanna Say: Ohio Student and Teacher Perspectives on the First AmendmentSchool of Teaching and Learning
2018Sheri Wells-JensenImagining Life on Other Planets -- Re-imagining Life on EarthEnglish
2017Amy Robinson"Bad Hombres": Mexican Criminals as Popular HeroesWorld Languages and Cultures
2017Walter GrundenTales of Wa (Harmony) and Woe: Japanese Organizational Culture and the Production of Science and TechnologyHistory
2017Rebecca KinneyRust Belt Chinatowns: Restaurants, Race, and Redevelopment in the Twenty First CenturySchool of Cultural and Critical Studies
2017Cheryl LachowskiDitches: A Montage of the Great Black SwampGeneral Studies Writing
2016Michael ArrigoLeg Up/Land on Your FeetSchool of Art
2016Christina GuentherJulya Rabinowich's Transnational Poetics: Remembering Border Crossings in Theater and FilmGerman, Russian, and East Asian Languages
2015Rebecca Skinner GreenForging the Path: Establishing Contemporary Art in Trinidad and TobagoSchool of Art
2015/2016David BixlerThe Hughes ProjectSchool of Music
2015Montana MillerBlue Skies, Black Death: Skydivers and the Ambiguity of BeliefPopular Culture
2015Philip DickinsonMere Pseud…: The Secret 1980s Journal of a Teenage ModernistEnglish
2015Dalton JonesWhy is this Man Smiling?: The Reification of Louis ArmstrongEthnic Studies
2014Philip XieIndustrial Heritage Tourism: Landscapes of NostalgiaTourism, Leisure, and Event Planning
2014Satomi SaitoNarrative in the Digital AgeGerman, Russian, and East Asian Languages
2014Erin Felicia LabbieThe Medieval Remainder: Faust, Debt, and Social ContractsEnglish
2014Edgar LandgrafNietszche's Will, Luhmann's Inheritance. On the Physiological and Philosophical Underpinnings of Nietzsche's and Luhmann's PosthumanismGerman, Russian, and East Asian Languages
2013Christopher Frey"Benevolent Care": Education and the Ainu in Japan's North, 1790-1868Educational Foundations, Leadership & Policy, EDHD
2013Pedro PorbenDesired Revolution: Cultural Practices of the New Man in CubaRomance & Classical Studies, Spanish
2013Theodore RippeyThe Anxious Ear: Aural Experience in German ModernityGerman, Russian, and East Asian Languages
2013Clayton RosatiInfrastructure of Feeling: Media, Materialism, and Struggles for the Geographies of CultureSchool of Media and Communication
2013Geoff HowesUtopian Visions of Madness in Austrian LiteratureGerman, Russian, and East Asian Languages
2012Sharona MuirNaked Men, Naked Women, and Invisible Beasts: Tales of the Animals That Go Unseen Among UsCreative Writing/English
2012Kristen RudisillSecond Honeymoons, Jurassic Babies: Identity and Play in Chennai's Post-Independence Sabha TheaterSchool of Media and Communication
2012Kimberly CoatesDancing With Freud: Female Sexuality, Modernist Women, and the Intoxication of MovementEnglish
2012Dena Elisabeth EberHer Mikvah: Kedushat YetzirahSchool of Art
2011Heather Elliott-FamularoBearing Witness: The Voices of Our SurvivorsSchool of Art
2011Ellen W. GorsevskiDangerous Women: The Rhetoric of the Women Nobel Peace Laureates`School of Media and Communication
2011Ruth Wallis HerndonChildren of Misfortune: Growing up Poor in Early New EnglandHistory
2011Maisha Wester English
2011Cynthia BaronBreaking the Hourglass: Documentaries that Shatter the Illusion of the Corporate Food SystemTheater and Film
2010Eftychia Papanikolaou College of Music
2010Jolie ShefferThe Romance of Race: The Familial Origins of American Multiculturalism 1880-1930English
2010Stephannie Gearhart English
2009Victoria EkstrandRevealing John Doe: The Origins and Culture of Anonymous Speech in U.S. LawJournalism
2009Shannon Orr Political Science
2009Beatrice GuentherTrading on Cultural Capital: Madame de Stael's Politics of LiteratureWomen's Studies
2009Vikki KraneThis is a Female Athlete: Interpreting Self-Representations of Female College AthletesSport and Leisure Studies
2009Allie TerrySomaesthetics and the Renaissance: Medieval Torture to Aesthetic Redemption at the BargelloSchool of Art
2009Ellen BerryStray Ejections, Misplaced, Shrouded in Forgetting: History, Trauma, and the Politics of Absence in Theresa Cha's DicteeEnglish
2008Neil EngelhartPetty Despots: Rethinking Human Rights Discourse After the Cold WarPolitical Science
2008Charles KanwischerReal Estate Drawings and Recent WorkSchool of Art
2008Vibha BhallaAmerican Dreams: Gender, Migration and the Work Experiences of Asian Indian Community in Metropolitan DetroitEthnic Studies
2008Christina GuentherCartographies of Identity: Memory and History in Ruth Beckermann's Documentary Films from 1980-2006German, Russian, and East Asian Languages
2007Bill AlbertiniBodies and Pain: How to Be Ill and UnhappyEnglish
2007Apollos O. Nwauwa History
2007Amy Robinson"True Stories" of Mexican Banditry: The Case of Chuco el RotoRomance and Classical Studies
2007Andrew SchocketErrand to Africa: Boston King, the British Empire, and the Founding of Sierra LeoneHistory/American Culture Studies
2007Rebecca Green School of Art
2006Lawrence Coates English
2006Liette GidlowAdvertising the American Presidency, 1952-PresentHistory
2006Sridevi Menon Ethnic Studies
2006Susana PenaOye Loca: The Making of Cuban American Gay MiamiEthnic Studies
2006Leigh Ann Wheeler Women's Studies
2005Peter WayCulture War: The French and Indian War and the Construction of Social IdentityHistory
2005Rekha MirchandaniWhat's So Special about Special Domestic Violence Courts? Social Movements and the StateSociology
2005Edgar LandgrafInspiration and Artistic Creativity in Pre-Romantic and Romantic Thought: Inquiries into the Emergence of Modern ConsciousnessGerman, Russian, and East Asian Languages
2005Albert W. DzurDemocratic Professionalism: Civic Task Sharing in Domains of Hidden AuthorityPolitical Science
2005Lynn WhitneyThe I-280 Maumee River Crossing ProjectSchool of Art
2005Gary R. HessExplaining America's Lost War: The Forty-Year Debate Over VietnamHistory
2005Sridevi MenonDiscursive Realms and Colonial Practice: Contrapuntal Studies of Race in Colonial India and the United StatesEthnic Studies
2004Apollos O. NwauwaNeo-Colonialism and Academe: The British Intellectual Imperialism and its Aftermath in West Africa, 1948-1990History/Ethnic Studies
2004Ana Del SartoFailures of Memory, Memories of Failures: Contemporary Latin American Women's NarrativesDepartment of Romance Languages
2004Rachel BuffFirst World, Third World, New World: Im/Migration, Gender and Empire in and Around the 20th Century United StatesHistory
2004Halifu OsumareHip Hop's Globalization in Ghana, West AfricaSchool of Human Movement
2004Lisa Wylam Theater and Film
2003Theresa MahProperty Value, Race, and Worth: The Cultural Politics of Housing in San Francisco's Sunset District, 1924-1944Ethnic Studies
2003Gregg BrownellMedia Literacy, Democracy and the SchoolsSchool of Teaching and Learning
2003Robert BuffingtonThe Sentimental Education of the Mexican Working ClassHistory
2003Carol A. HessMusic and the Spanish Civil WarSchool of Music
2003Eithne LuibheidBabies of Convenience? African Asylum Seekers and Childbearing IrelandEthnic Studies
2002Hai RenThe Countdown of Time: Public Displays and Symbolic Economy in China and Hong KongPopular Culture
2002Opportune ZongoCultural Forces and the Construction of WidowhoodDepartment of Romance Languages
2002Vickie Rutledge ShieldsA Cultural Studies Reception Analysis of How Adolescent Girls and Boys Make Meaning of Idealized Images of Gender in AdvertisingWomen's Studies
2001Rosalie H. PolitskyBuilding an Interpretive Repertoire in the Visual Arts: An Examination of Cultural Values in the Art of Richard HamiltonSchool of Art
2001Sharona MuirA Father's SecretsCreative Writing/English
2001Ken KipleThe Cambridge Food Histories: The Long and Short of ThemHistory
2000Philip G. TerrieA Biography of Robert MarshallAmerican Culture Studies
2000Marvin BelzerThe Z Files: Reflection on the Practical Implications of Views about Personal IdentityPhilosophy
2000Ewart Skinner Media and Communication
2000Fujiya KawashimaThe Great Families in Confucian KoreaHistory
1999Mary NatvigImitative Techniques in Masses of the 15th CenturySchool of Music
1999Jacquelyn CuneenGender Portrayals in Sport-Related Advertising: Pring, Point-of-Purchase, and World Wide Web Versions of Women in SportSport Management
1999Scott C. MartinViolence, Gender, and Drinking in the Early National United StatesHistory
1999Donald SchererThe Place of the Humanities and Arts in Ecological Restoration EducationPhilosophy
1999Judith SealanderRe-Inventing Childhood: Twentieth Century American State Regulation of Children's Labor, Education, Health, and WelfareHistory
1998Michael E. StaubAfrican American Activism, Jewish Identities, and Holocaust ConsciousnessEnglish
1998Delia D. AguilarFeminism and Nationalism: The Philippines as a Case StudyEthnic Studies/Women's Studies
1998Lillian Ashcraft-EasonAfrican Women's Cosmological Thought, Economic Roles and Agency in Africa and the British ColoniesHistory
1998Federico ChalupaEthnicity, Social-Self, and Narrative in the Andean RegionDepartment of Romance Languages
1998Jaak PankseppImpulsive Children on Ritalin: A National Scandal in the MakingPsychology
1997F. Scott ReganA Play for Young Audiences Based on the "Faust" LegendTheatre and Film
1997Jack SantianoPersonal, Private, and Public: The Display of Symbols in Northern IrelandPopular Culture
1996/1997Loren E. LomaskyGood, Better, Best: A Theory of Reason and ValuePhilosophy
1996/1997Tom MuirMetal VesselsSchool of Art
1996Gary HessWarmaking and Democracy: Trauma, Johnson, Bush and Congressional Authorization in Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian GulfHistory
1996Burton BeermanJesus' DaughterSchool of Music
1996Ellen BerryExperiments in Transculture: Rethinking Russian and American Models of Creative CommunicationEnglish
1996Don K. RowneyContinuity in Russian History: State and Economy, 1885-1991History
1996Ryan D. TweneyFree Will in American Psychological Thought: From Jonathan Edwards to The Bell CurvePsychology
1996Vikki KraneThe Experiences of Lesbians in Collegiate SportsHealth, Physical Education, and Recreation
1996Khani BegumPostcolonial and Gender Discourses in Contemporary Irish Women's WritingEnglish
1996Geoffrey HowesMental Illness as Cultural Problem with Examples from Modern Austrian LiteratureGerman, Russian, and East Asian Languages
1996Epifanio San JuanRaymond Williams's Theory of Culture: Intersections of Class, Gender, and EthnicityEthnic Studies

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