Prestigious NEH Summer Grant Awarded

Associate Professor of Sociology John Baugher was recently awarded a summer grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The NEH Summer Stipends program provides awards for individuals to pursue scholarly work in the humanities.  Projects may contribute to scholarly knowledge in a particular discipline or to the general public's understanding of the humanities, and they may address broad topics or focused research in a single field.  Recipients typically produce scholarly articles, books, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools in either traditional print or electronic formats.

This prestigious award, worth $6,000, was awarded to Baugher for his grant proposal “Understanding the Emotional and Spiritual Journeys of Hospice Volunteers: A Humanistic Inquiry.”  From his research, he plans to publish a book on how routine encounters with dying persons shape the caring capacities of hospice workers, and how those individuals integrate such experiences into their own narratives of self.  He previously published an article, Facing Death: Buddhist and Western Hospice Approaches, in the journal Symbolic Interaction (2008).

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