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Elizabeth D. Rockwell Lecture and Residency Program

The Elizabeth D. Rockwell Lecture and Residency Program will award up to $15,000 to colleges, departments, or faculty to bring ethics and leadership scholars and practitioners to campus for a brief residency or a series of public events. The main goal of the program is to bring prominent scholars to campus for a week “residency” in which they provide a public lecture, meet with faculty, visit classes, and engage in other activities that advance ethics and leadership scholarship at the University of Houston. The $15,000 award is intended to allow for a high honorarium sufficient to entice prominent scholars to visit campus for 4-5 days. A sample itinerary might look something like the following:

Day 1: Teach a graduate seminar.

Day 2: Teach an undergraduate class, meet with faculty, give a public lecture.

Day 3: Provide feedback on faculty works-in-progress. Host a session in which they discuss their own work and answer questions about it.

Day 4: Additional possible activities.

Funds can also be used to support a thematic series of lectures or events by different scholars or practitioners over the course of the year. The maximum award per applicant is $15,000 but applications for lesser amounts are welcome.

Applications for the 2024-25 academic year are due by December 1, 2023 and should include the following: 1) person or group making the application. 2) nature of the application: Who will be invited to campus? Why? What will they do? Will the event be open to the public? Will you be charging money for the event? Are you proposing one lecture by one person, a panel discussion by several persons, a series of lectures by different speakers to be held on separate days? 3) Estimated budget: How much are you allocating for travel? Room rental? Food? Honorarium?

Selection criteria will include:

  1. Likely impact of the event for UH students, faculty, staff, and community.
  2. Potential for the visit to enrich scholarly activity on ethics and leadership by UH faculty and students.
  3. Feasibility of the proposal and budget.

Please submit applications by December 1 to the EDR Center email address ( and copy Dan Engster ( If you have any questions, please email Dan Engster at