5/03/2014 Peter Durantine

New Faculty Center Awarded Mellon Grant

This magazine article is part of Spring 2014 / Issue 77
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the College a $700,000 grant to provide operating support over the next four years to the new Faculty Center. Launched in the fall of 2013 following a faculty-led planning process, the Center is a new resource for F&M 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 operation, 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.”

  • A celebration of the Faculty Center's opening last fall. A celebration of the Faculty Center's opening last fall.


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

Located in newly renovated space in the Shadek-Fackenthal Library, the Faculty Center has hosted faculty writing circles, sponsored a series of post-sabbatical research talks, and coordinated workshops on a variety of topics. Leading the Center in its first year are Interim Director and Associate Professor of Anthropology Mary Ann Levine, and Associate Director Carol de Wet, the Dr. E. Paul and Frances H. Reiff Professor of Geosciences.

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