Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellowships Call for Applications 2014-15/2015-16

RISD Museum invites interested RISD faculty to apply for Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellowships. Two fellowships are available in this cycle, one in the Museum’s Department of Costume & Textiles and the other in Prints, Drawings & Photographs. The Mellon Faculty Fellowships are designed to engage faculty members from across disciplines in research, teaching, and public engagement through the RISD Museum’s collection. During the two-year appointment, each Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow will be resident in a curatorial department, with the expectation of learning the collection and conducting research related to it and to his or her area of expertise. Research should enhance the Faculty Fellow’s work and teaching practices, as well as the educational mission of the curatorial department and the Museum overall. Fellows should engage audiences in the academic community and beyond, to both broaden and deepen access to the collections. In addition to conducting their own research based on the collection, the Fellows will participate in the day-to-day workings of the curatorial department. Fellows will collaborate with faculty to select objects for their class visits, present collection pieces to visiting classes, and facilitate learning by students, faculty members, and members of the visiting public.

During the fellowship period, each Faculty Fellow will lead a workshop for colleagues in order to share research methods and results, as well as pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning with and from objects. Upon completion of the appointment, each Fellow will also make a presentation to staff and faculty about this work. A report on the results of the fellowship is additionally required.

Full- and part-time faculty members with a demonstrated interest in teaching and learning with objects are eligible to apply. Mellon Faculty Fellows are released from teaching one course per year, and are expected to be resident in the curatorial department for 7 hours per week during the academic year, including open study hours. Fellows will receive a stipend of $6,000 for the two-year appointment ($3,000 per year). A committee composed of members of the Provost’s Council and Museum staff will select two Faculty Fellows for 2014-15/2015-16.

Application Requirements

1) A statement of interest describing:

- The qualifications and experiences that will enable you to participate in the mission of the selected department, including evidence of your interest in teaching and learning with and from objects;
- How the Mellon Faculty Fellowship will support your work and teaching practice, and the kind of research you envision during the Fellowship period;
- What you intend to offer to the curatorial department, the academic community and the public.

2) A letter from your Dean supporting the application.

*Please consult with your Dean and Department Head in advance of submitting an application so that departmental course tables can be adjusted accordingly.

Applications for Mellon Faculty Fellowships are due January 7, 2013. The selection committee will interview finalists and announce the two Mellon Faculty Fellows on or around February 22, for fellowships commencing September 2014.

For more information or to submit applications contact:
Carol Strohecker, Vice Provost, 401-454-6417
To submit applications:
by email: cstrohec@risd.edu
by mail: Carol Strohecker, Vice Provost, Academic Affairs, 2 College St., Providence, RI  02903