Mellon 2016-18 Postdoctoral Fellowship: "Environment, intervention arts, sustainability, and design"
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.
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.