Call for Research of a Critical Historical Review

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Type: 
Home Office Notices (Jobs, Reviews)
Date: 
October 31, 2022
Location: 
Texas, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Local History, Race / Ethnic Studies, Slavery

 

Call for Research of a Critical Historical Review

of St. Edward’s University’s Possible Links to Racial Oppression and Prejudice

October 2022

St. Edward’s University (SEU) is seeking the services of a qualified professional to prepare a historical review of the University’s possible links to racism and slavery. We seek additional examination of relationships and positions of the University throughout its history with focus on the social context. This document will be used to advance institutional Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) strategic planning and university initiatives.  Under the direction of the President of St. Edward’s University and for reasons of objectivity, perspective, and to avoid any perceived conflict of interest, we are seeking external candidates only with no prior relationship to the institution.

 

Project Background

In the spring semester of the year 2021 the Board of Trustees began the process of renaming Doyle Hall at St. Edwards’s University. This was in response to the campus community’s desire for a deeper commitment to anti-racism and social justice.  Initial concerns were raised about a reasonable assumption that Mary Doyle, a significant donor who gave the land where the University is located, may have had ties to slavery.  A preliminary review of the University’s connection to slavery was also conducted in spring of 2021.  This led to a desire to gain additional understanding of the University’s possible connections to systems of oppression within the broader societal context, beyond the preliminary report.  

Historical Review Goals

The historical review should:

  • Research and document the establishment and management of the land owned by Mary Doyle and to place it within the larger context of slavery and community development.
    • Understanding of how Mary Doyle came to own the land that she later donated to the Congregation of Holy Cross to establish a Catholic school.
  • Analyze larger social relationships of power, particularly racism and colonization, within the SEU’s history.
  • Review of previous documents addressing oppressive practices at SEU, including the Red Doors Manifesto created by students in 2017, previous research and white papers by faculty committees, books such as: Saint Edward's University: A Centennial History by William Dunn, and other internal documents relevant to the topic. 
Scope of Work

This historical review should be written in an academic format (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.), including citations, appendices, and other appropriate documentation. St. Edward’s will provide the researcher with access to relevant source material. The report should include an integrated analysis of facts and published documentary sources. There is no expectation of recommendations such as specific strategies to address the issues and constraints identified in the assessment. The report will be accepted by the DEIJ Core Team who will submit it to the university’s President.

 
Oral Histories and Image Collection

The researcher will be responsible for obtaining permission to use any images or other material that is not in the public domain.

 
Deliverables and Outcomes 

The expected final deadline for the report is April 17, 2023.

The researcher should have knowledge of genealogy and the construct of relations of power. Deliverables must be submitted as part of completing this project. A suggested time table is included as a starting point for discussion; specific deadlines will be determined at the start of the project.

  1. Notification to selected researcher. (November 8, 2022)
  2. Start-up meeting with researcher, DEIJ Core Team, SEU leadership within one week of researcher selection. (November 15, 2022)
  3. The researcher submits a detailed outline for the study that includes a working title, a general overview of the organization of the report and specific topics to be covered, projected length of the written manuscript, and a preliminary bibliography by December 5, 2022.
  4. Researcher submits a first draft of the study after receiving feedback on the outline. (January 17, 2023).
  5. SEU will review the draft and submit comments to the researcher, within 10 days of report submission. (January 27, 2023)
  6. Researcher submits final, copyedited Historical Review, which includes all the elements of the full draft plus a title page, table of contents, and executive summary, by March 1, 2023
  7. Researcher will also submit permission to publish all images not in the public domain.
  8. Researcher delivers a presentation to project leadership and delivers research materials no later than two (2) weeks after submitting the final report. The presentation will include an overview of the study findings; the researcher will join a facilitated discussion with the project team.

Proposal Submissions

The selected researcher will be the Principal Investigator (PI) for the project.  Interested researcher should submit a complete proposal (specified below) in response to this Call for Research to diversity@stedwards.edu no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on Friday, October 31, 2022.

Please submit electronic research proposals to: diversity@stedwards.edu with a subject line of: Research Proposal for Critical Historical Review. 

Proposals will be evaluated for selection based on the project narrative; and the experience and qualifications of the researcher(s).  For evaluation purposes, proposals should provide sufficient information as to assist SEU in determining the most qualified professional for the project. Those interested in bidding should submit a formal written proposal that includes the following elements in a single digital file:

  1. Contact information for the Principal Investigator.
  2. Project Narrative: Please explain how this project will be accomplished and the desired outcomes achieved. Indicate if work is to be subcontracted and/or student/intern labor used. This would also be the place to discuss any adjustments to the suggested time table presented in the “Deliverables and Outcomes” section of this Call for Research.
  3. Researcher Qualifications: Please include a narrative discussion of qualifications, relevant experience, and past projects of the individual(s) who will be involved in the research, including a designation of a principal investigator, if there will be more than one person on the research team. In addition to the narrative discussion, please include a curriculum vitae or résumé for all known members of the research team
  4. Project Budge: Indicate how much money is required to complete the work described, indicating how much will be spent for labor, travel, research supplies, printing etc. Please Note: It is expected that the selected researcher will complete this project within a budget of $10,000.

SEU will confirm receipt of submissions. If there are any issues (e.g., with attachments working correctly), please reach out to ezamora2@stedwards.edu.

Terms and Conditions
  1. SEU reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, and to waive minor irregularities in any proposal.
  2. SEU reserves the right to request clarification of information submitted, and to request additional information from any consultant.
  3. SEU will not be responsible for any costs incurred by consultants in preparing, submitting, or presenting its response to this Call for Research.
  4. All intellectual property and copyright options will reside with the university.
Questions

Respondents are invited to submit written questions requesting clarifications or explanations of the information contained in this Call for Research. Please direct all research proposal or project-related questions by October 28, 2022 to diversity@stedwards.edu

Posted: October 2022

Contact Info: 

Office of Diversity and Inclusion: diversity@stedwards.edu

Erica Zamora, Director of Diversity and Inclusion:  ezamora2@stedwards.edu.

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