Mellon Foundation Awards $1.5 Million to Vanderbilt University

Mellon Foundation Awards $1.5 Million to Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University has announced a grant of nearly $1.5 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create a faculty development partnership with Tennessee State University, Tougaloo College, and Berea College.

The Mellon Partners for Humanities Education initiative will support specialized training for Vanderbilt Ph.D. students preparing to teach at liberal arts and historically black colleges and universities, as well as provide education related to public and digital humanities. Vanderbilt will establish two programs for doctoral students in the humanities or humanistic social sciences — the Mellon Seminar in Liberal Arts Teaching and the Mellon Institute for Early-Career Scholars in the Digital and Public Humanities. In addition, three Vanderbilt Ph.D. recipients in the humanities or humanistic social sciences will receive Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships and teach at Tougaloo, Berea, or TSU starting in the fall of 2014, with six more fellowships to be awarded in subsequent years. The program will begin accepting fellowship applications in early 2014.

The grant also will fund a postdoctoral and faculty exchange among the four schools to promote the sharing of ideas and perspectives and provide opportunities for research through campus visits to Vanderbilt by faculty at the three partner schools and vice versa.

"This program not only expands our understanding of humanities scholarship, but it invests in the faculty and students of the future," said Carolyn Dever, dean of the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt.  "Our Ph.D. alumni will benefit from focused training and teaching in diverse environments. Our partner schools will gain teaching resources, and all four schools will profit from trans-institutional exchanges of ideas and faculty."