Mellon Postdoctoral Program
Haverford College is pleased to have the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in establishing an endowed fellowship program designed to nurture the professional potential of an emerging generation of young humanists. As a liberal arts college dedicated to the complementary pursuits of excellent teaching and advanced scholarship, Haverford has a profound stake in ensuring continuity in the tradition of scholar-teachers. We likewise believe that an institution such as ours, with its opportunities for faculty development through intimate interdisciplinary exchange and innovative pedagogy, 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 Fellows from their recent university training and experience.
Haverford's program for Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellows is organized to provide five key instruments of professional advancement: meaningful teaching (Fellows teach one course per term, with the expectation that they will supplement the curriculum with innovative course designs); collaborative intellectual exploration (through participation during the first year in the year-long John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities Faculty Seminar); interaction with the broader world of scholarship and public life (focused in the Fellowship's second year through the staging of a symposium connected to the Fellow's teaching and research interests); mentoring (through association with host departments and programs, as well as the Faculty Seminar); and the time and resources for scholarly endeavor (a reduced teaching load, support for research, and funds for travel to professional conferences).
2014 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Search
The John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities of Haverford College invites applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities to begin Fall 2014. We seek scholars interested in discourses of time, revision and reconciliation. Area of specialization is open, but might include philosophy, history, political science, anthropology, literature, history of art, music, sociology and cultural studies, among other possibilities. Scholars with broad historical and interdisciplinary interests are encouraged to apply. Women and members of underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
During the first year of the program, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will participate in a yearlong faculty seminar led by Assistant Professor Jill Stauffer (Philosophy/Peace, Justice and Human Rights) entitled “Revision/How Time Passes.” The topic orbits around discourses of justice and reconciliation. A main aim of those fields is to create a present moment that redresses a past in order to open up a future not entirely determined by past harms. That is in itself a will to revision: to make a traumatic past manageable one may need to learn how to, as Nietzsche called it, "will backwards." Questions such as these can be pursued in practical terms (what kinds of institutions and procedures succeed in being revisionary?) and in more philosophical ones (what kind of being is a human being such that revision—of self, of the past and present—is possible?). Reconciliation will be an orienting theme of the seminar, but time will be its larger focus, with the content of reading and conversation determined at least in part by the interests of the seminar's participants—to see how a conversation about time in its various aspects might open up new possibilities. (View a detailed description). In the second year, the Fellow will organize and present a spring symposium related to his or her 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. Applicants should submit two brief course proposals related to their area of interest, one for a broad-based introductory course, the other for a more specialized or advanced course. The successful candidate will demonstrate readiness to teach a diverse student body.
Candidates who have received the Ph.D. in 2009 at the earliest, or who have completed the requirements for the Ph.D. by the application deadline of January 13, 2014 are eligible. Applicants should use Interfolio to submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, two course proposals and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted. Materials may also be submitted to Kerry Nelson via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or regular mail:
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Search
Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041
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