We are pleased to invite proposals for the Frederick P. Lenz Residential Fellowship in Buddhism and American Culture and Values. The Lenz Fellowship is an opportunity for faculty and other professionals planning sabbaticals or other leaves-of-absence during the 2020-2021 academic year. The Lenz Fellow will spend a semester or a full year at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado conducting a research, artistic, social action, or other project that relates Buddhist philosophy and practice to an aspect of American culture or values.
The Frederick P. Lenz Residential Fellowship in Buddhism and American Culture and Values Program is an excellent opportunity for faculty throughout the United States to study Buddhism as it relates to education, leadership, the arts and sciences, and a variety of additional interest areas. Various modes of Eastern thought, including Buddhism, are finding their way into such fields as neuroscience (studies into the cognitive impact of meditation), civic engagement (the application of peacemaking models to community advocacy and dispute resolution), and classroom pedagogy (the development of teaching techniques that address students’ inner journeys along with traditional academic content).
There is no application form or fee. Applicants are asked to provide the following materials by January 13, 2020:
1. A cover letter not exceeding four single-spaced pages detailing the following:
2. A detailed resume, curriculum vitae or professional biography.
3. For individuals on sabbatical or other leave from another institution, a letter of support from the applicant’s direct supervisor is required, including a statement about any sources of funding for the proposed leave. Independent scholars, artists and activists should include a letter from a colleague familiar with their work discussing the merits of the proposal.
Hard copy application materials may be sent to:
Lenz Residential Fellowship Program
Office of Academic Affairs
2130 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, CO 80302
Digital application materials may be sent to the Lenz Graduate Assistant.
For more information about the Fellowship or application process, contact Jason Davis.
Fellows will be expected to:
We have attracted Fellows from a variety of disciplines and institutions:
Working with Violence from an Inclusive Worldview
Ryūmon Baldoquin, Sensei
Contemplative Somatic Wellness™: A Body-Mind Centered Movement for Spiritual Social Activism
Melissa Rolnick, MFA
MEISA: Movement Exploration through Imagery and Sensory Awareness
Fall 2013 - Spring 2014
Douglas Lindner, PhD
Integration of Contemplative Practice into STEM Education in Higher Education
Sarah J. Heidt, PhD
Contemplative Pedagogies for Literary Studies
Heart to Organizations: Contemplativeness-Based Organizational Learning & Strategic Thinking
The Great Encounter: Why Buddhism and Modernity Need Each Other
Cary Gaunt, PhD
Cultivating Ecological Enlightenment: Buddhist Pathways to a Sustainable Way of Life
Philip Meckley, PhD
Raft of Straw: The Epistle of James as Jesus Sutra
Kim Russo, MFA
Contemporary artists and Buddhist practitioners
Elise Young, PhD
History as Dharma: Teaching the Middle East and Africa
Hillary Stephenson, PhD cand.
Addressing diversity issues through Zen practice
John Whalen-Bridge, PhD
Buddhism, literary adaptation and progressive politics
Elizabeth Lozano, PhD
Non-violent resistance in the U.S. and abroad
Erin McCarthy, PhD
Zen, ethics, and comparative feminist perspectives
Both the foundation and the university are interested in the unique forms of Buddhism taking root in America. The fellowship program continues Naropa’s leadership role as the pre-eminent accredited university in North America for contemplative studies and a provider of education that integrates Eastern and Western traditions of scholarship and practice. Along with the Summer Seminar in contemplative pedagogy for university professors, the fellowship program enables Naropa to support professionals wanting to enrich their work and their home institutions and communities through a deeper understanding of Buddhism.
Of course, Naropa will no doubt be enriched by hosting fellows as well. It is our hope that the fellows will energize the Naropa campus, by providing our students and faculty with new conversation partners, by offering a public lecture or teaching a course, and by serving as ambassadors to their home departments and disciplines. We also know that new institutional partnerships, collaborative relationships and publications carrying the name of the home institution and sponsoring foundation often live on long after the fellows have completed their campus residency and project at Naropa. Sponsoring multiple visiting fellows each year will provide Naropa faculty and students with opportunities to network with individuals representing a variety of scholarly and Buddhist traditions.
Typical stipends will range from $1,500 to $2,200 per month depending on two factors: The length of the Fellowship and the Fellow's projected total income during the Fellowship period. Fellowships will be three to eight months during the Fall and/or Spring academic semesters by mutual agreement. Sabbatical programs generally work on the principle of bringing a faculty member to "wholeness," that is, up to their regular income level. Fellows receiving other forms of support (e.g., full salary from their home institutions or grants) will receive a smaller stipend than those who, as is more typical, are receiving partial salary. Independent scholars and artists, and those taking leaves-without-pay from their home institutions, will typically receive the maximum award.
Fellows are responsible for locating their own housing for themselves, and for any accompanying family members. Naropa staff will naturally provide fellows with information on local sources of information, sublease options, etc.