Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is the mission of the Eudaimonia Institute?

A: The mission of the Eudaimonia Institute is to study the nature of human flourishing and the institutions that support that flourishing. We chose eudaimonia—Aristotle’s word for “flourishing”—to indicate that we are exploring a concept much deeper than simply “happiness” as that term is used in everyday conversation. The Eudaimonia Institute will support research and teaching that investigates all aspects of eudaimonia from multiple disciplinary perspectives.


Q: What activities or initiatives will the Eudaimonia Institute engage in?

A: The Eudaimonia Institute will host and support speakers and conferences, visiting and regular faculty, independent research projects, faculty workshops, teaching, and scholarship connected with eudaimonia in all its facets.


Q: Will the Eudaimonia Institute consider research proposals or affiliated faculty from a wide variety of disciplines and/or perspectives?

A: Yes. The Eudaimonia Institute welcomes partnership and research proposals from any discipline and any perspective that furthers the understanding of the nature of and institutions that support eudaimonia. To apply for a grant or propose a research project, see here.


Q: How will research proposals be evaluated?

A: Reviews of research proposals will be conducted by Eudaimonia Institute-affiliated faculty. The proposals will be evaluated by the independent Faculty Advisory Board of the Institute, and, where appropriate, the relevant deans and/or the Office of the Provost, in accordance with the institute’s Declaration of Research Independence. Standard university practices will be followed when reviewing the work of faculty affiliated with the institute.


Q: How will the Eudaimonia Institute ensure the academic freedom and academic integrity of its activities?

A: The Eudaimonia Institute has a four-layered protection of its academic freedom and integrity. First is Wake Forest University’s longstanding institutional commitment to academic freedom and diversity of thought. Second is the Institute’s Declaration of Research Independence, which provides a firewall between donors to the University or to the Institute, and the research and activities of the Institute. Third is the oversight provided by the independent Faculty Advisory Board, made up of faculty members and staff from across the University. Finally, the existing policies and practices of our academic units will apply when reviewing faculty appointments and the teaching, research and service contributions of faculty members affiliated with the institute.


Q: What prompted the creation of the Eudaimonia Institute?

A: The Eudaimonia Institute grew out of research and teaching interests of Wake Forest University faculty. Like other major initiatives of Wake Forest University, the proposal for the creation of the Eudaimonia Institute was evaluated according to the University’s standard procedures and approved on its merits after due consideration.