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Elizabeth D. Rockwell Lecture and Residency Program

The Elizabeth D. Rockwell Lecture and Residency Program will award up to $10,000 to colleges, departments, or faculty to bring ethics and leadership scholars and practitioners to campus for public events. Funds can also be used to support one lecture or event or a series of lectures or events by different scholars or practitioners over the course of the year. The maximum award per applicant is $10,000 but applications for lesser amounts are welcome. The Center has allocated a total of $30,000 per year toward this program.  Some preference will be given to applications that align with the Elizabeth Rockwell Distinguished Lecture theme for the year. The 2022-23 theme is adapt:


/əˈdapt/ verb: to become adjusted to new conditions.

We have all had to adapt to the new conditions posed by the pandemic over the last couple of years. This year’s Elizabeth D. Rockwell Distinguished Lecture invites reflection on the theme of adaptability with particular attention to ethics and leadership. What role does adaptability play in ethics and leadership? How can we adapt to new conditions in positive ways without losing our moorings? We conceive of this theme in a broad sense. Contributions might address adaptability in terms of climate change, growing social movements, or technological change.

Applications for the 2022-23 academic year are due by May 1, 2022 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?

The EDR Center conceives of ethics and leadership broadly and seeks applications across the university from all different disciplines. In the past, for instance, we have sponsored STEM events as well as scholars in the Humanities. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at or jluttre2@Central.UH.EDU.

Please note that the EDR Center will be able to reimburse faculty or departments only for the amount awarded so please make sure your event stays within budget. In cases where a proposed speaker is not able to visit in a given year, the funds allocated for the visit will be forfeited.

Selection criteria will include:

  1. Likely impact of the event for UH students, faculty, staff, and community.
  2. Potential for the visit to enrich scholarship and scholarly activity of UH faculty and students.
  3. Feasibility of the proposal and budget.
  4. Alignment with Elizabeth Rockwell Lecture theme and other EDR Center events in a given year.

Please submit applications by May 1 to the EDR Center email address ( and copy Dan Engster (