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ACLS Announces New Fellowships for Community College Faculty


The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce a new fellowship program for community college faculty. The Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships, made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will support the research ambitions of humanities and social science faculty who teach at two-year colleges.

“Community colleges are a vitally important component of the higher education ecosystem in the United States and of the academic humanities in particular,” said ACLS President Pauline Yu. “Not only do a substantial proportion of undergraduates experience their first or only encounters with college-level humanities in community college classrooms, but community college faculty produce important humanistic knowledge, scholarship on teaching and learning, and innovative methods of classroom teaching and community engagement. These fellowships aim to support and valorize the research endeavors of these teacher-scholars.”

These fellowships deepen ACLS’s commitment to extending the reach of its programs to humanities scholars from a broader range of institutions as the organization approaches its centennial in 2019. Last fall, the Council announced that it was expanding the number of awards offered in its central ACLS Fellowship program with the goal of increasing support for scholars at teaching-intensive colleges and universities. The program is also part of a larger Mellon Foundation initiative. Since 2014, Mellon has made 12 grants in support of humanities faculty at community colleges.

ACLS will award up to 26 Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships in 2018-19, which will be the first of three competitions funded by this grant. The research projects in the humanities or humanistic social sciences to be supported by this program may have a wide range of outcomes, including scholarly or pedagogical articles, book chapters, or books; course plans and textbooks; exhibitions and community/campus events; online resources, etc. Fellowships carry a stipend of $40,000, which may be used flexibly as salary support, research funds, or for any other activity that advances the proposed project.

Proposals must be submitted through ACLS’s online application system, which will begin accepting applications in late July. Further information about the program and eligibility criteria will be available online at www.acls.org/programs/community-college-faculty/. The application deadline is September 26, 2018.

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