December 19, 2018

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) is pleased to announce the competition for the 2019–2020 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs, and invites interested faculty from across the University of Minnesota to apply for this award.

The Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs provides one year of support for the research activities of a University of Minnesota faculty member on a project related to urban and regional affairs in Minnesota. 
Funds may be used to obtain release time or other support for the project and may be used for either new or current projects. Previous holders of the chair have used this support to complete projects on population changes in Minnesota, employee turnover and retention rates at Minnesota companies, and the impact of computer networks on civic life in rural Minnesota communities.
The selected faculty member will be expected to prepare a 3500-word manuscript for publication in the CURA Reporter, CURA’s report of faculty research.

Application Requirements

Applicants for the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs must submit the following items:

  1. A letter of no more than four pages describing the project—including the specific work to be accomplished while holding the chair—and discussing the project’s importance for understanding urban or regional issues. The letter should include a proposal for how the funds will be spent.
  2. A brief statement outlining the applicant’s experience and preparation for undertaking the proposed project and discussing how carrying out this project will strengthen the applicant's future teaching and research/scholarship.
  3. A current curriculum vitae.

Application materials may be emailed to cura-fl@umn.eduApplication materials must be received by 4:30 p.m. on March 15, 2019. The review process begins soon after the application deadline and applicants will be notified by the middle of April.
For more information about CURA, visit Questions about the competition, the application process, or the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs should be addressed to CURA Director Edward Goetz.

About the Program 

The Fesler-Lampert Chair is one of four endowed chairs made possible through the generosity and vision of David and Elizabeth Fesler to honor Mr. Fesler’s grandfathers, Bert Fesler and Jacob Lampert. The endowment is intended to stimulate interdisciplinary research and teaching by supporting the work of distinguished, broadly learned scholars at the University of Minnesota. The award is given biannually or as endowment funds are available.