Along the Shore

Application Information & Instructions

Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops are offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide community college faculty with the opportunity to engage in intensive study and discussion of important topics and issues in American history and culture, while providing them with direct experiences in the interpretation of significant historical and cultural sites and the use of archival and other primary evidence.

Before completing an application, please review the Director's Letter and consider carefully what is expected in terms of residence and attendance, reading and writing requirements, technical considerations, and general participation in the work of the project. While this workshop is open to all community college teachers, it will be especially useful to those teaching or with an interest in history, English, sociology, art, architecture, or urban studies.

Landmarks workshops will allow 25 educators at a time to collaborate with core faculty and visiting scholars and guides. Our workshop has been designed to present the best available scholarship on a unique cluster of landmarks, while enabling you to gain a sense of the importance of historical and cultural places, to make connections between the workshop content and what you teach, and to develop materials for your classrooms and, if applicable, for your research interests.


Full-time faculty members, part-time lecturers, and adjunct faculty at American community colleges are eligible to participate You do not need an advanced degree in order to qualify.  However, you must be a United States citizen, a resident of U.S. jurisdictions, or a foreign national who has been residing in the United States or its territories for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline.  Foreign nationals teaching abroad at non-U.S. chartered institutions are not eligible to apply.  Individuals may not apply to participate in a workshop given by the same director on the same topic in which they have previously participated; in other words, they should not apply to attend the same workshop twice.  Individuals may not apply to study with an NEH Landmarks director who is a family member or a colleague.  Applicants must complete the NEH application cover sheet (see link below) and provide all the information requested to be considered eligible.

Please Note: An individual may apply for one or two NEH summer projects (NEH Landmarks Workshops, NEH Summer Seminars, or NEH Summer institutes) but may participate in only one.  Please note also that eligibility criteria differ between the NEH Landmarks Workshops and the NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes programs.

Selection Criteria

A selection committee will read and evaluate all properly completed applications. The committee will consist of the project director and two other scholars in the field; at least one will be a community college faculty member.

Special consideration is given to the likelihood that an applicant will benefit professionally and personally from the workshop experience. It is important, therefore, to address each of the following factors in preparing your application essay:

  1. your professional background.
  2. your interest in the subject of the workshop.
  3. your special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the workshop.
  4. your understanding of or willingness to learn the technologies that will be employed in the workshop.
  5. how the experience would enhance your teaching and/or research.

When choices must be made among equally qualified candidates, several additional factors will be considered. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously participated in an NEH Landmarks Workshop, an NEH Summer Seminar, or an NEH Summer Institute, or who will significantly contribute to the diversity of the workshop.

Stipend, Tenure, and Conditions of Award

Community college faculty selected to participate as NEH Summer Scholars will receive a stipend of $1,200 at the end of the residential workshop session.  Stipends are intended to help cover travel expenses to and from the project location, books, and ordinary living expenses.  Stipends are taxable.

Workshop participants are required to attend all scheduled meetings and to engage fully in all project activities. Participants who do not complete the full tenure of the project will receive a reduced stipend.

Summer Scholars will provide NEH with an assessment of their workshop experience, especially in terms of its value to their personal and professional development.  You will be asked to provide a confidential online evaluation at the close of the workshop and to post your digital journals on the project’s website within three months of the end of the project.  If you ultimately use these techniques in your own teaching, we would ask you to also post samples of student work.

Application Instructions

These general application instructions have been accompanied by a Director's Letter that contains detailed information about the content of the workshop, the institutional setting, what is expected of participants, and specific provisions for lodging and subsistence. All application materials must be sent to the project director, Richard E. Hanley, at the address listed on the program announcement or in the Director’s Letter.  Application materials sent to the Endowment will not be reviewed. Please indicate on the application cover sheet your first and second choices of workshop dates.

Application Checklist

A completed application consists of three copies of the following collated items:

  • the completed application cover sheet
  • a résumé or short biography
  • an application essay (one to two double-spaced pages—no more) as outlined below.

In addition, it must include one letter of recommendation as described below.

Application Cover Sheet

The application cover sheet must be filled out online at this address:

Please fill it out online as directed by the prompts. When you are finished, be sure to click on the “submit” button. Print out the cover sheet and add it to your application package. At this point you will be asked if you want to fill out a cover sheet for another project. If you do, follow the prompts and select another project and then print out the cover sheet for that project as well. Note that filling out a cover sheet is not the same as applying, so there is no penalty for changing your mind and filling out a cover sheet for several projects. A full application consists of the items listed above, as sent to the project director.


Please include a résumé, curriculum vitae, or brief biography detailing your educational qualifications and professional experience. This should be no longer than five double-spaced pages.

Application Essay

The application essay should be one to two double-spaced pages (no more). The essay should address your professional background; your interest in the subject of the workshop; special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the workshop; your understanding of or willingness to learn the technologies that will be employed in the workshop; and how the experience would enhance your teaching and/or research.

Reference Letter

Applicants should provide a letter of recommendation from their department chair/division head or other professional reference. It is helpful for referees to read a copy of the director’s description of the project and your application essay. Please ask your referee to sign his/her name across the seal on the back of the envelope containing the letter, and enclose the letter with your application.


Completed applications should be submitted to :

Richard E. Hanley / Department of English
New York City College of Technology
300 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201


Postmarked no later than March 1, 2012.
Application materials sent to the NEH will not be reviewed.

Successful applicants will be notified of their selection by April 2, 2012, and they will have until April 6, 2012 to accept or decline the offer. Applicants who will not be home during the notification period should provide an address and phone number where they can be reached. No information concerning the status of an application will be available prior to the official notification period.

Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (NEH Landmarks Workshop, NEH Summer Seminar, or NEH Summer Institute), you may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.


Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age. For further information, write to NEH Equal Opportunity Officer, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20506.
TDD: 202/606 8282 (for the hearing impaired only).

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