William James Forum

Request for Proposals

WJF will support both major events and smaller events, as identified below.

Proposals should be submitted electronically by the appropriate deadline to the current WJF Curator, Erin Anderson at eanderson3@washcoll.edu.

Smaller events (up to $1000)

Deadline for Fall 2015 semester: October 2, 2015

Decisions (by committee) announced by: October 12, 2015

Deadline for Spring 2016 semester: February 1, 2016

Decisions (by committee) announced by: February 15, 2016

Goal: Provide a regular source of funding assistance for campus speakers and events each semester

Major events ($1000-$8000)

Deadline for 2015/2016 year: October 9, 2015

Decisions (by committee) announced by: October 23, 2015

Deadline for 2016/2017 year: March 1, 2016

Decisions (by committee) announced by: March 151, 2016

Goal: Help fund 1 or 2 major events for the 2016/17 academic year

Proposal Components

  • Identify a primary contact person and the department or program hosting the event.
  • Identify the speaker and/or event and any relevant credentials.
  • Briefly clarify how the event fits with the mission of WJF.
  • Identify your target audience(s) (e.g., students, alumni, community).
  • Specifically, what is the appeal of this event for students? An ideal proposal will have a plan to encourage student engagement (e.g., include event in syllabus, host a student discussion forum after the event).
  • Provide a detailed budget estimate for the event.
  • Specify a goal/date for when the event will occur.
  • Plan to assess the success of the event by providing WJF with post-event feedback on attendance and appeal to target audience(s).

Future Opportunities

WJF will host 1 or 2 major events each year for at least 3 consecutive years starting 2013/14. Up to 3 smaller events will be supported each semester on an ongoing basis with deadlines early in the semester.