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Faculty Fellowships

2021/2022 Warren Center Fellows Program  

The RPW Center announces two fellowship opportunities for faculty at Vanderbilt.

  • One is our traditional, themed fellowship. This fellowship is a residential, one-year interdisciplinary faculty seminar. For 2021/2022, the theme is "Environments." It is open to faculty from all ranks in A&S, Blair, Peabody, and Divinity. 
  • This year, the RPW Center is also pleased to announce a new Collaborative Teaching Fellowship. This fellowship focuses on developing interdisciplinary engagement with the Warren Center’s 2021/2022 theme, “Environments,” across a cluster of courses in multiple disciplines and schools. It is open to all faculty, in all ranks, from all Vanderbilt schools.


Application Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2021   

The Topic.  The Robert Penn Warren Center will host a year-long interdisciplinary faculty seminar to explore the broad theme of “Environments.” All approaches to this question are welcome. 

The Program.  Fellows will convene on a regular basis to discuss  scholarly work-in-progress.  The schedule and nature of the meetings will be established collectively by the Fellows, in consultation with the Center Director. At the end of the appointment, Fellows will be expected to have completed an academic research project (such as an article, book chapter, or for more advanced projects, a book manuscript), a creative/artistic project, or a scholarly public engagement project. Each Fellow will also give a public talk or organize a public event related to their research.  

Who Can  Apply.    Faculty from all ranks in A&S, Blair, Peabody, and Divinity are invited to apply. Tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible for course release. RPW will provide non-tenure track faculty with $3000 in professional development funds.    

Note:   This is a residential fellowship. All Fellows, including those on leave, are expected to be participate fully, in person, in the collaborative work and scheduled meetings of the group.    

To Apply.   Applicants for the Faculty Fellows Program should provide a shortened version of their curriculum vitae (5 pages maximum) and a  1,000 word  statement that describes their project, its relevance to the fellowship theme, and the work to be completed over the course of the fellowship. Preference will be given to candidates who reflect on the specific aspects of their work that could benefit from collaborative, interdisciplinary engagement with other colleagues. All materials will be reviewed by the RPW Director and the Center’s Faculty Advisory. They will recommend a slate of candidates to the A&S Dean and where appropriate, the Deans of Blair, Peabody, and  Divinity Fellowships. Fellowships may be held only once every four years .  

Send all application materials (CV, statement) with "Faculty Fellowship" in the subject line to Mary Gray Lindstrom by  February 15, 2021.  

For all questions, please contact Holly Tucker, Director, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities.


Application Deadline: Monday, March 15, 2021   

The Program.  This year-long teaching collaboratory will foster interdisciplinary engagement with the Warren Center’s 2021-2022 theme, “Environments,” across a cluster of courses in multiple disciplines and schools. The resulting cluster(s) of courses may provide a foundation for future Immersion projects or otherwise facilitate student collaboration across disciplines and classes through collaborative class projects that engage the insights and methods of multiple disciplines to address real-world problems. 

Teaching Fellows will receive a stipend of $3000.  Fellows will meet during Summer and Fall 2021, participating in workshops organized in partnership with the Center for Teaching on developing learning goals, activities, and assignments that leverage the expertise and methods of other disciplines in the humanities and sciences. Courses associated with this fellowship must be taught during the academic year 2021-2022. 

In addition to stipends for each Teaching Fellow, the cohort will have a budget of up to $5000 for visiting speakers, research/field trips for students, equipment or software for student or class projects. The Warren Center will also fund a showcase of student work at the end of the year.  

Who Can Apply.  Faculty may apply as individuals or as teams. Open to all faculty, in all ranks, in all undergraduate schools.  

Submit the Following to Apply: 

  •  1-2 page description or syllabus for a new or already-existing course (or courses, for teams) that addresses the theme (“Environments”) scheduled to occur during the year 
  •  250 word statement explaining how participation in the interdisciplinary Collaborative Teaching Fellows Program will enhance the learning experience for students both in the course and more broadly (i.e., Immersion, collaborative cross-class projects, etc.)  
  • All materials should be sent in a single PDF or Word file with "Collaborative Teaching Fellowship" in the subject line to Mary Gray Lindstrom by March 15, 2021.  


For faculty interested in finding team members to apply or discussing interdisciplinary and collaborative teaching more generally, RPW is hosting bi-weekly Teaching Collaboratively discussions throughout the spring semester; sign up for Zoom link here.  

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Meadows (RPW Associate Director)