3/28/2014 Peter Durantine

New Faculty Center Awarded Mellon Grant

  • 2013 faculty center logo final copy

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Franklin & Marshall College a $700,000 Grant to provide operating support over the next four years to the new Faculty Center.

Launched in fall 2013 following a faculty-led planning process, the Center is a new resource for the F&M faculty that focuses on faculty development and supports, sustains and celebrates faculty in their roles as teachers, scholars and college citizens.

"Our ability to conceptualize a powerful resource for our faculty, establish a dynamic Faculty Center and attract major investment bodes well for the Center’s future and for the College’s as well," said F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield, who provided a $100,000 New President's Grant to support the Center's first year of operations, which was in addition to an earlier Mellon Foundation planning grant. "I am delighted that we have the opportunity through this Mellon grant and through the upcoming comprehensive campaign to secure this valuable resource for generations of faculty to come." 

The new grant will secure the Center’s operations for four years while the College builds the Center into the operating budget and seeks more external support through foundation grants and through the upcoming comprehensive fundraising campaign.

To help guide the Center's development, Interim Director and Associate Professor of Anthropology Mary Ann Levine, who along with Associate Director and Dr. E. Paul and Frances H. Reiff Professor of Geosciences Carol DeWet, convened an Advisory Board comprised of Assistant Professor of Biology Jaime Blair, Associate Professor of Italian Giovanna Faleschini Lerner, Professor of Sociology Katherine McClelland and Professor of History Ben McCree. 

Located in newly renovated space in the Shadek-Fackenthal Library, the Faculty Center has developed a wide range of programs. In its first year, the Center has hosted faculty writing circles, sponsored a series of post-sabbatical research talks, and coordinated workshops on developing courses for the new Connections curriculum, teaching international students, community-based learning, preparing for junior faculty leave, and applying for grants and fellowships.

A search for the Center’s permanent director is already under way.

Porterfield congratulated Levine and DeWet, who developed the Mellon proposal together with Interim Provost Joe Karlesky, Vice President for Planning and Vice Provost Alan Caniglia and Senior Director of College Grants and Foundation & Corporate Relations Ryan Sauder.  

Porterfield also thanked the initial Faculty Centers Advisory Committee that Provost and Dean of the Faculty Ann Steiner convened, which spent 2012-2013 exploring with the faculty potential models for the Center and proposed the structure that exists today. The Committee was chaired by Associate Professor of Astronomy Andrea Lommen and included Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of Humanities and Dance Lynn Brooks, Associate Professor of Sociology Jerome Hodos, Associate Professor of Religious Studies John Modern, Professor of Chemistry Rick Moog, Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology Fred Owens and Tim Jackson ’12. 

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