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ASA Trustees Approve New Chayes Awards

Monday, May 29, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Van Camp
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The Board of Trustees of the American Society for Aesthetics has approved several new opportunities for ASA members using the revenue from the generous bequest from the estate of Irene H. Chayes.

Members were invited to submit proposals to the Board for how best to make use of the funds for the benefit of aesthetics and the ASA. An ad hoc committee appointed by the ASA President reviewed the proposals and made recommendations to the Board. After extensive discussions, the Board has approved the following new programs.

Irene H. Chayes Travel Grants to the ASA Annual Meeting

Commencing with the 2018 Annual Meeting in Toronto, up to three travel grants of $1250 each will be available to persons with papers accepted for the program who do not otherwise have access to travel funds. The Board recognizes that the expense of travel to ASA’s annual meetings, as well as its divisional meetings, is very problematic for an increasing number of our members. In the past, when tenure-track jobs with travel support were more plentiful, that was the usual way for members to pay for their travel to these meetings. With the general decline in such jobs throughout the academy, and the increasing reliance on part-time faculty and temporary lecturers, more of our members find themselves without access to travel funds to meetings. In recent years, ASA has added generous support for full-time students whose papers are accepted, as well as ASA editors, program committee members, and winners of ASA prizes. But no funds have been available for those who have finished their PhDs but have not secured a full-time job with travel support.

To apply for these funds for the 2018 annual meeting, interested ASA members should submit a paper to the program committee as they normally would. In addition, they should notify the Program Chair that they wish to be considered for a Chayes Travel Grant. They must meet these conditions to receive the award:

·They are not eligible for any other travel funds from ASA for that meeting (as a full-time student, editor, program committee member, or prize winner).

·They have no other access (or only de minimis access) to professional travel funds during the academic year. (Note: This means that if they have some access to professional travel funds but prefer to use it for a different meeting, they are not eligible for a Chayes Travel Grant.)

·They are a member of ASA in good standing in the calendar year of the paper submission and presentation and register for the meeting.

·They notify the program chair that they wish to be considered for a Chayes Travel Grant, but should not make any such indication in the paper itself.

·The program committee, after papers have been selected for the meeting, will select up to three eligible papers for these awards.

·Should more than three papers qualify for this award, preference will be given to persons who have not previously received a Chayes Travel Grant. If this does not limit the papers to three, then the Program Committee will decide which, based on merit, programmatic, and diversity priorities, should get the awards.

·These travel awards will follow the same guidelines as the other travel awards for the annual meeting, viz., reimbursement only for actual expenses for hotel, travel, registration, and ground transportation.

The ASA expects one additional payment from the Chayes estate. If funds are sufficient, it is possible that additional grants will be made available, subject to Board of Trustees approval.

Irene H. Chayes Travel Grants to ASA Divisional Meetings

Commencing in 2018, each of the three ASA Divisions will have available $1000 to use for travel support for meeting organizers and persons presenting papers at the meeting, with these conditions: 

·They have no other access (or de minimis access) to professional travel funds at their teaching institution(s) during the academic year. (Note: This means that if they have some access to professional travel funds but prefer to use it for a different meeting, they are not eligible for a Chayes Travel Grant.)

·They are a member of ASA in good standing in the calendar year of the paper submission and presentation and register for the meeting.

·Eligible persons include faculty members, independent scholars, students, and organizers, with the final allocations made by each Division.

·Policies and procedures for how to allocate the funds should be discussed at the Division’s business meeting, with decisions made by the organizing committee and officers.

·Credit to the Irene H. Chayes Travel Fund and the American Society for Aesthetics must be given in any announcements of these awards in advance publicity, web sites, programs, etc.

With the additional funds expected from the Estate, it is possible that the funds available to each division will be increased, subject to Board of Trustees approval.

Irene H. Chayes New Voices Award

The ASA Board of Trustees approved establishing a New Voices Award, inviting paper submissions and personal statements from scholars who meet the conditions specified [below], and a) including the winning submissions in the annual ASA meeting program and b) providing EITHER a monetary award of $1000 and a travel subsidy OR a subvention equivalent to the student travel stipend to the award winner, if any, to help cover travel and accommodation expenses incurred in the course of attending the ASA annual meeting in which the presentation will be made.

Which of these disjuncts will be enacted and the details of requirements for submission and evaluation of applications for this award will be determined subsequently, but no later than November 2017.

The personal statements required to establish eligibility must address the following:

1.An “understanding of the barriers facing women, domestic minorities, LGBTQ individuals, [persons] with disabilities, [persons from low-SES backgrounds], and other members of groups underrepresented in higher education careers, as evidenced by life experiences and educational background.” . . . (Evidence of this understanding includes but is not limited to the following: attendance or employment at a minority serving institution, ability to describe and explain the barriers in question, and participation in higher education pipeline programs such as the McNair Scholars or Diversity summer institutes. Applicants may cite this evidence in their personal statement.)

2. The capacity to “bring to their academic research the critical perspective that comes from their understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in U.S. higher education or under-served by academic research generally.” . . . (Applicants should demonstrate this critical perspective in the scholarly presentation they propose to deliver with the support of the Chayes New Voices Award. The demonstration might involve, for example, addressing research topics that pertain in a substantial way to the artistic production or aesthetic experience of underrepresented groups.)

 Biographical information and a list of her publications are here.


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