ACLS Names 2012 New Faculty Fellows
The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the 2012 cohort of New Faculty Fellows. The 39 recent Ph.D.s will take up two-year positions at one of the participating U.S. universities. This initiative, supported by The Andrew Mellon Foundation, began in 2009 as a rapid response to an urgent problem: the need to preserve a new generation of humanities scholars in the face of an uncertain academic job market. See the full list of 2012 New Faculty Fellows and appointments.
During the current competition, 50 institutions nominated close to 600 of their most qualified recent Ph.D. recipients. The submitted dossiers underwent a rigorous multi-stage peer-review leading to a very competitive group of candidates to whom universities could offer two-year affiliations. Participating institutions made offers to those individuals whose expertise answered curricular needs. Pamela Schirmeister, associate dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Yale University, recently noted that these ACLS-funded postdocs provide an "infusion of good ideas" to the university community. Indeed, the program aids both the careers of younger scholars and the universities and colleges that they join. This year's third cohort brings the total number of New Faculty Fellows to 147.
"This program has been a unique collaboration between ACLS and research institutions, and has been possible only through the dedicated efforts of many committed individuals on campus," remarked Nicole Stahlmann, director of fellowship programs. "Fellowships are long-term investments; these very much so. Many of the teacher-scholars who are beginning their careers with this initiative will someday have students whose own careers will stretch throughout this century. On behalf of the Fellows who have been able to start their profession with help of NFF, I would like to thank all of those who enthusiastically supported the program."
ACLS New Faculty Fellows Program
"Yale Attracts Humanities Postdocs" (Yale Daily News)
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