The NEH/Harry Jack Gray Teaching Enhancement Grant


Distinguished Visiting Humanists

Distinguished Teaching Humanists

- Spring Workshops
- Summer Workshops

- Bulletin Board

Outstanding Teacher Awards



University of Hartford


In 1991 the University of Hartford received a grant, written by Professor Virginia Hale, in the amount of $225,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to be matched in the amount of $675,000 over a 5 year period. Harry Jack Gray provided the entire match in a single generous gift of $675,000 to form an endowment, the income of which is used to fund activities designed to enhance teaching in the Humanities.

From the beginning, although there has been a focus on the humanities, many of the initiatives sponsored by the grant have encompassed teaching in all disciplines. Major continuing activities include the appointment of a Distinguished Visiting Humanist who conducts a workshop on campus in the summer and returns in the fall to reconvene its membership and to offer a public lecture. Additionally, to recognize that the University also has distinguished professors in its ranks, the grant provides for the appointment of a Distinguished Teaching Humanist on our faculty who serves for two years.