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A multi-million dollar grant is funding an interdisciplinary fellowship program at the College of William & Mary.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a $2.6 million grant to the college to support the development of the W. Taylor Reveley III Interdisciplinary Faculty Fellows program.
The program will provide William & Mary faculty members with fellowships to develop and teach courses and produce research that crosses boundaries of academic disciplines.
Provost Michael Halleran was selected to lead the program, which is named after current William & Mary President Taylor Reveley.
Reveley previously served on the Mellon Foundation Board of Trustees for 21 years before retiring earlier this year.
“It is very fitting that it is named in honor of President Reveley, who has been William & Mary’s strongest advocate for interdisciplinary teaching and research across the university,” Halleran said in a news release. “It is also a strong endorsement of the creative integrative teaching and research that we believe in at William & Mary – crossing standard boundaries and pushing us into new areas of inquiry.”
The fellowship will provide faculty members with a stipend for three years, in which time they will develop new interdisciplinary courses and methods for their instruction. The first year will focus on course development, while the second and third years will cover course instruction.
The fellowships will be awarded through a competitive application process open to all faculty members from all schools and departments at the college. Halleran said preference would be given to proposed courses that involve more than one school and advance the college’s “strategic priorities.”
Halleran said there would be at least seven faculty fellows every year once the program is operational.
Reveley said the grant would continue the college’s pursuit of interdisciplinary study.
“Often collaborative efforts across disciplinary boundaries are the most effective way to learn these days; at times they are the only viable way,” Reveley said in a news release. “This marvelous Mellon grant to William & Mary will help spur teaching and research across the boundaries of our schools, departments and programs.”