Through a program created by the Associated College of the Midwest and generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Monmouth College will welcome two post-doctoral fellows to its faculty, beginning with the 2011-12 academic year.
The fellowships – in classical archaeology and history – were among eight that were selected for approval by the consortium of Midwest colleges, of which Monmouth is a charter member. Ten proposals were submitted by member colleges.
“The committee found both proposals to be well grounded and well connected to the strengths of Monmouth College,” said ACM vice president John Ottenhoff. “Both proposals promise real benefits to both the fellows and to the college.”
“I am very excited about the opportunity to have an archaeologist on the faculty, especially a scholar who can work with students in the Shields Collection and the new Monmouth College Native American Artifacts Collection,” said MC classics professor Tom Sienkewicz. “There is strong student interest in archaeology and the courses taught by this person will greatly enhance the college curriculum.”
The two-year fellowships provide excellent opportunities for recent Ph.D. recipients to develop teaching skills, pursue independent scholarship and gain experience as a citizen of a liberal arts college. During the appointment, the ACM-Mellon fellows will teach half of the typical faculty load, contribute to specific efforts within their academic discipline and devote time to their scholarly work. As part of the program, Monmouth College has agreed to assign an established mentor in the respective fellow’s field.
“It is so good to be at a college that looks forward and combines thoughtful planning and a commitment to the continued flourishing of strong academic programs with a creative and energetic approach to the future,” said Bren Tooley, associate dean of academic affairs. “That’s why we’ve had the unusual gift of receiving authorization for two concurrent post-doctoral fellows. It’s a true endorsement from ACM colleagues of the strength of our proposal and of their confidence in our ability to act as an exemplary liberal arts college host to recently-minted Ph.D.s from outstanding graduate programs.”
One of the oldest academic consortia in the U.S., the ACM comprises member institutions that are among the most successful liberal arts colleges in the country. ACM colleges are known for their collaboration and for their highly regarded teaching faculty, small classes, interdisciplinary curricula, and opportunities for research by undergraduates. All are residential colleges, featuring high levels of student engagement, both on campus and in the wider community.