Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Hurford Center hosts two Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellows each academic year. Haverford has a profound stake in ensuring continuity in the tradition of scholar-teachers. The college offers opportunities for faculty development through intimate interdisciplinary exchange and innovative pedagogy and provides an ideal setting for cultivating the creative energies of young scholars. At the same time, Haverford has much to gain from the steady infusion of fresh intellectual and pedagogical perspectives brought by the Postdoctoral Fellows.
The program offers five key instruments of professional advancement: meaningful teaching (Fellows teach one course per term); collaborative intellectual exploration (through participation during the first year in the year-long Faculty Seminar); interaction with the broader world of scholarship and public life (through the staging of a symposium connected to the Fellow's teaching and research interests, which occurs in the spring semester of the Fellow’s second year); mentoring (through association with host departments and programs); and the time and resources for scholarly endeavor (a reduced teaching load, support for research and travel).
During the first year of the program, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will participate in a year-long faculty seminar, led by Molly Farneth (Religion), that will bring together faculty with a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including Political Science, History, German, and English. Applicants should make clear the nature of their potential contributions to this interdisciplinary and intersectional inquiry that will explore how people make and remake borders and boundaries through ritual and performance, discipline and policing, care and tending, habituation and imagination.
In the second year, the Fellow will organize and present a spring symposium related to their scholarly field funded by the Hurford Center. During each of the four semesters at Haverford College, the Fellow will teach one course at the introductory/intermediate or advanced level and engage a diverse student body. Applicants should submit two brief course proposals related to their area of interest: one for a broad-based introductory or intermediate course and the other for a more specialized or advanced course.
Candidates who earned their Ph.D. no earlier than 2014 and have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by the application deadline of January 9, 2019 are eligible to apply.
Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, two course proposals, and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages, and should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation submitted via Interfolio.
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