Three new faculty in tenure-track positions in Africana studies and political science, religion, and ethnic studies comprise the second group of Mellon Faculty Fellows, who began teaching at ACM colleges this fall.
Charisse Burden-Stelly (Carleton College), Chris Hoklotubbe (Cornell College), and Jesus Smith (Lawrence University) have been hired with support from the Undergraduate and Faculty Fellows Program for a Diverse Professoriate, a collaboration among the ACM colleges and 15 major research universities that aims to enhance the diversity of faculty on ACM campuses.
Funded by an $8.1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fellows Program links the ACM with the Big Ten Academic Alliance, a consortium of the universities in the Big Ten Conference, and the University of Chicago.
This year’s cohort joins six Mellon Faculty Fellows hired in 2016, whose disciplines included Spanish, African American history, sociology, critical identity studies, education, and philosophy. The program focuses on faculty positions in the humanities, humanistic social sciences, and the arts.
“This new cohort of faculty fellows will enrich the diversity of their campuses and curricula in important ways, enhancing the impact already achieved by the first cohort of faculty fellows,” said Brian Williams, ACM Vice President and Director, Faculty Development and Grant Programs. “Together with their new colleagues at Carleton, Cornell, and Lawrence, ACM consortial staff look forward to supporting Professors Burden-Stelly, Hoklotubbe, and Smith through the Fellows Program and to observing the positive impact they will have through their teaching and scholarship.”
The fellowships provide funding for the first two years of salary and benefits, with a half-time teaching load for at least the first year. In addition, each fellow will be paired with a faculty mentor and will have opportunities for professional development and networking with other ACM faculty fellows.
During the seven-year term of the grant, 30 faculty fellowships will be awarded to Ph.D. or terminal master’s degree graduates who bring diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives to ACM campuses and who have recently earned their graduate degrees, preferably from Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions or the University of Chicago.
The Fellows Program also includes Graduate School Exploration Fellowships (GSEF) for current students at ACM colleges and hiring and diversity workshops for faculty and staff from the ACM and the collaborating research universities.