Visiting Scholars and Academic Speakers
Consortium for Faculty Diversity (hosted by Gettysburg)
Departments and concentrations may request up to $600 to fund academic speakers. These funds are accessed by filling out the request form. We encourage departments and concentrations to collaborate and pool funds if they wish to bring in speakers requiring greater funding. Funds should be used to cover all costs of speakers including travel, meals, lodging, and honoraria.
Funding is available to support visits of recent alumni to give talks.
The Alumni Scholar Program is offered as funding allows. Alumni Scholars will be invited to the College to present their scholarship, to renew acquaintances with faculty, and to meet current students. Past nominations have been received from departments, concentrations, and other faculty groups.
Alumni Scholars should be persons of promise who have graduated from the College within the past 8-10 years and who have their graduate degrees in hand, or very nearly so. "Scholarship" can be defined rather broadly to include not just academic disciplines represented at Grinnell, but also fields such as law, engineering, performing arts, and librarianship.
A visit usually lasts two days and includes a public presentation by the scholar and one or more less formal meetings with students interested in learning about the Scholar's own path from Grinnell to the Scholar's present field of work or perhaps to discuss graduate programs. The Alumni Scholars fund covers the cost of these visits: an honorarium of $250, reasonable travel costs, and meals. Past visits have cost about $1,000 each.
If you have a nomination for an alumni scholar, please consult with your department or concentration first, and then contact Royce via email. The short nomination statement should include the name of the alum, year graduated, what the alum has done after graduation, what the alum would do while on campus, and the approximate date of the visit.
Nominations will be reviewed as they are received in order to give sponsors flexibility for planning. However, visits should be proposed no later than the end of the third full week of classes in the spring.
The Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows program is supported by an endowment from Grinnell College and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for fellowships in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
The Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows Program may not be offered every year. Please note that the Mellon Foundation stipulates that Postdoctoral Fellows must not be more than three years beyond receipt of the Ph.D.
Mellon Fellows are appointed for two years and teach two courses per year. Each Postdoctoral Fellow establishes a close, collaborative mentoring relationship with one faculty member. The courses taught must include at least one course each year that is regularly offered in the College curriculum. The other course can extend Grinnell's curriculum into new areas. The fellow's two courses in the second year may be used either to enable a course release, to provide an opportunity for interdisciplinary teaching, or to otherwise expand the departmental offerings. The program is designed to benefit the Fellow through development of teaching skills and the opportunity to experience an educational environment that prizes excellence in undergraduate education, as well as providing time for Fellows to advance scholarly efforts and share those with students and faculty. The program correspondingly benefits departments by allowing a small increase in the number of course offerings and the opportunity to bring in contemporary perspectives from a recent Ph.D.
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows are eligible to apply for professional development opportunities using the same process as regular full-time teaching faculty at Grinnell College. In addition, the Fellow may be eligible for an additional conference targeted specifically at Postdoctoral Fellows.
Departments interested in applying to host a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow can find further information on GrinnellShare (login required). Proposals are due in the Dean's Office by the first Friday in October. Please feel free to contact Susan Ferrari, Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations, with any questions about this program.