Fourteen humanities scholars have been awarded fellowships to teach and do research at Harvard next year, the Andrew Mellon Faculty Fellowship Program has announced.
Chosen from a group of 190 applicants, the fellows, all non-tenured junior faculty members at colleges across the country, were invited to spend next year teaching and researching here.
The scholars receive $25,000 stipends and are required to teach one course, either in the department with which they are associated or through the Freshman Seminar Program.
The 11-year old Mellon Fellowship program is designed to help junior faculty obtain tenure posts at their schools by giving them an opportunity to "demonstrate their scholarly potential," said University Marshal Richard M. Hunt, the program's director.
The fellows are usually successful teachers who have no access to research oportunities, either because of the high number of courses they must teach or because their institutions lack adequate research facilities, said Susan W. Lewis, a member of the Senior Faculty Selection Committeee and director of the Freshman Seminar Program.
In the past, most Mellon fellows have taught their requisite course in the departments with which they are affiliated. But more than half of next year's fellows said they planned to teach a seminar.
Though many of the fellows said the $25,000 stipend was less than they might receive at their respective institutions, none said they seriously considered turning down the program for monetary reasons.
Robert O. Gjerdingen. a musicologist at Carleton College, said, "The stipend is more than enough [for us] to avoid being street people, but far from enough to live as we do out here in the Midwest."
The fellows for 1987-'88 will be: Elizabeth J. Bellamy, University of Alabama; Elisabeth Bronfen; University of Munich; Howard Brick, University of Chicago; Marcel Cornis-Pop, University of Northern Iowa; Robert O. Gjerdingen, Carelton College; Susan A. Keefe, Davidson College; Ellen F. Martin, Marymount Manhatten College; Carol J. Oja, Brooklyn College; Frederick S. Paxton, Connecticut College; Frances L. Restuccia, Boston College; Margaret Schabas, University of Colorado; Rhys F. Townsend, Clark University; Daniel Vickers, Memorial University of Newfoundland; Marc A. Weiner, Indiana University.