As the ACM-Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship Program enters its final year, three of the current fellowships have been extended for a third year. Burcu Bakioglu (New Media Studies, Lawrence University), Michael O’Brien, (Ethnomusicology, Luther College), and Jeremy Pool (African History, Monmouth College) will continue with the program in 2013-14, joining the group of four Fellows who will be in the second year of their appointments.
The program places new PhDs in two-year teaching and research residencies on ACM campuses in the arts, humanities, humanistic social sciences, and environmental studies. The fellowships combine campus-based mentoring with consortial orientation and workshops to introduce Fellows to the challenges and rewards of teaching, scholarship, and professional development at residential liberal arts colleges.
According to David Schodt, ACM Senior Program Officer for Faculty and Staff Development Programs, the three extensions, which were awarded through a competitive process, will be supported by funds remaining in the generous $4 million grant that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded to ACM to establish the program.
“As we’ve seen throughout the program, the Post-doctoral Fellows have actively contributed to the intellectual life on their host campuses,” said Schodt. “In their proposals for a third year extension, the academic deans at Lawrence, Luther, and Monmouth emphasized the many ways that their Fellows have enriched the curricula by teaching new courses, contributing to the development of new programs, collaborating with faculty colleagues, and sharing their research interests with students.”
The extension year will have the same structure as the regular two-year fellowship, including a reduced teaching load, mentoring by a departmental faculty member, three workshops for the Fellows organized by ACM, and funding to support the Fellow’s scholarly research activities. During the third year, however, the colleges will place additional emphasis on supporting their Fellow’s development as scholars.
When the program ends a year from now, it will have sponsored 26 fellowships at ten ACM colleges in disciplines ranging from film studies to classics to anthropology. Fellows have gone on to take tenure-track positions at ACM members Coe College and Luther College, and at institutions nationwide including Truman State University, Canisius College, Denison University, and Portland State University.