In March 2012, AUB received a three-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to integrate faculty development with curricular innovation in the arts and humanities (including the humanistic social sciences). This is a dynamic initiative that incorporates fellowships and programmatic activities to nurture the development of a core group of arts and humanities faculty and provide them with opportunities for personal and professional development. Our long-term objectives are to nurture a sustained community capable of strengthening the environment for humanistic inquiry at AUB; and to promote the arts and humanities as viable areas of inquiry among our students.
In the first year of the grant (2012-13), the core group will be composed of five AUB faculty fellows and two Mellon postdoctoral fellows, as well as interested faculty of all ranks from humanistic disciplines. They will participate in a regular program of activities (luncheons, seminars, workshops, and an annual conference) that will give equal emphasis to research, teaching, and curricular renewal. During the second and third years of the grant, the number of participants is expected to rise as former fellows continue taking part in selected activities. Other potential participants include senior faculty serving as mentors to Mellon postdoctoral fellows; visiting professors with one- or two-year appointments; and promising students working with current or former AUB faculty fellows.
Summary of the Arts and Humanities Initiative as proposed
to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
AUB Faculty Fellowships in the Arts and Humanities
AUB Faculty Fellowships are open to assistant and associate professors in the departments of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages, English, Fine Arts and Art History, History and Archaeology, Philosophy, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Political Studies and Public Administration; as well as to faculty of the same ranks appointed to the University’s Civilization Sequence Program.
2013-14 Fellow: Dr. Angela Harutyunyan (FAAH)
Fall Fellows: Dr. Lina Choueiri (English), Dr. Paul de Quenoy (History)
Spring Fellows: Dr. Kirsten Scheid (Anthropology), Dr. Hermann Genz (Archaeology)
2012-13 Fellow: Dr. Sonja Mejcher-Atassi (CVSP)
Fall Fellows: Dr. Alexis Wick (History), Dr. David Wrisley (CVSP/English)
Spring Fellows: Dr. Dina Kiwan (Sociology), Dr. John-Pedro Schwartz (English)
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Arts and Humanities
The Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Arts and Humanities are open to recent recipients of the PhD whose research and teaching interests involve one or more of the following disciplines: Arabic language; Arabic literature; archaeology; art history; English language; English literature; fine arts (visual arts, theatre, and music); history; and philosophy. AUB is particularly interested in innovative work that pushes disciplinary boundaries. The normal term of appointment is one year, although some fellows may be considered for a second year at the conclusion of their first semester. Appointees are attached to the relevant department and are expected to remain in residence for the duration of the academic year. They teach one course per semester.
2013-14 Postdoctoral Fellows: Dr. Nadia Bou Ali, Dr. Samir Mahmoud
2012-13 Postdoctoral Fellows: Dr. Sarah Bin Tyeer, Dr. Karim Sadek
For more information on the Arts and Humanities Initiative, contact Dr. Maher Jarrar or Ms. Rita Bassil at firstname.lastname@example.org.