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).
We seek scholar/practitioners interested in the study of environment, intervention arts, sustainability, and design.
The area of specialization is open, but might include anthropology, geography, landscape design/architecture, or sustainability studies. Candidates should have broad theoretical and interdisciplinary interests.
During the first year of the program, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will participate in a year-long faculty seminar led by Professors Markus Baenziger (Fine Arts) and Joshua Moses (Anthropology/Environmental Studies), entitled Environmental Design, Sustainability, and Artistic Intervention. Applicants should make clear the nature of their potential contributions to this interdisciplinary seminar. The seminar will focus on the intersection of arts with the politics of sustainability, and will explore relationships among pedagogy, practice and theory in response to current pressing environmental challenges. We are particularly interested in candidates who have applied skills and theoretical knowledge in permaculture, restoration ecology, or other ecological design principles. (Download Seminar Description » )
In the second year, the Mellon 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 Mellon Fellow will teach one course at the introductory/intermediate or advanced level.
Should you have any questions, please email to Kerry Nelson. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: January 9, 2017
Position Begins: Fall, 2017
Candidates who earned their Ph.D. as early as 2012 or who have completed the requirements for the Ph.D. by the application deadline of January 9, 2017 are eligible to apply.
Rafter Sass Ferguson earned his Ph.D. in Crop Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and M.S. in Agroecology from the University of Vermont. His doctoral dissertation, "Permaculture as Farming Practice and International Grassroots Network" represents the first systematic examination of the permaculture movement. Ferguson's research is informed equally by themes in agroecology and political ecology, integrating questions about the quantifiable performance of farming systems with a concern for the ways in which our ideas about agriculture translate into policies and practices that have different consequences for different communities. Using a mix of methods, Ferguson's dissertation addresses the status of permaculture theory and practice vis-à-vis contemporary agroecology, diversity and participation in the international permaculture movement, and livelihoods on US permaculture farms. Guided by the belief that the social transformation we need requires robust cooperation across sectors, his research is designed to help build bridges between grassroots activists and the scientific community.
Ferguson recently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at University of Lisbon, supported by the EU project Bottom-Up Climate Adaptation Strategies Towards a Sustainable Europe. He has published articles in Agronomy for Sustainable Development and Ecology and Society, and chapters in Designing the World We Want (forthcoming from International Institute for Environment and Development) and The Routledge Guide to Radical Politics (forthcoming). He has taught extensively on permaculture, movement strategy, and related themes, in academic and popular settings.
Kristen Mills holds degrees in English Literature from Cornell University (B.A.) and in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto (M.A., Ph.D.). Her doctoral dissertation, “Grief, Gender, and Mourning in Medieval North Atlantic Literature,” examines the intersection of grief and gender in medieval texts, challenging the established stark divisions between male and female mourning. Mills’ interdisciplinary research focuses on the history of emotions, constructions of gender, and critical animal studies; current projects include a monograph on grief and mourning in pre-Conquest England and a study of animal emotions, primarily grief, in medieval texts.
Mills has taught medieval and modern literature at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Trent University in Ontario, and the University of Toronto. She has published articles in the Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Folklore, and Éigse, and chapters in Anglo-Saxon Emotions: Reading the Heart in Old English Language, Literature and Culture (2015) and Knowing Sorrow: Grief, Gender, and Identity in the Middle Ages (forthcoming 2017).