As part of its mission to create a modern academic enterprise with innovative teaching, learning, and scholarship and to encourage, sustain, and reward our faculty, the Merrimack College and the Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the creation of the Zampell Family Faculty Fellowship at Merrimack College.

The Zampell Family Faculty Fellows will be an elite group of academics seeking to pursue professional development through a variety of methods such as research, writing, presenting, attending academic conferences, student collaboration and strategic equipment purchases designed to enhance their classroom and field work. The Zampell Family Faculty Fellowships will encourage scientific inquiry, research, artistic creation, clinical/technical expertise and innovative teaching. These fellows will be teachers committed to a student-centered experience that begins in the classrooms yet not limited by walls and doors. As scholars, the fellows will be expanding knowledge in their fields with students and community members, enriching the life of Merrimack’s campus and beyond.

Funding Level

Zampell Family Faculty Fellows are eligible for awards up to $20,000. The awarded amount for Zampell Fellows will vary and will be determined on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the provost. Fellows will have the opportunity to carry the title “Zampell Family Faculty Fellow” in their professional title and in any publications resulting from the year(s) they are/were a recipient.


All full-time, tenured or tenure-track Merrimack College faculty can apply to receive a Zampell Family Faculty Fellowship. Initial appointments for Zampell Family Faculty Fellows will be for a term of one year.

How to Apply

Faculty interested in applying for the 2019/20 year should submit to the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, officeoftheprovost@merrimack.edu by February 15, 2019 a letter of interest that describes in no more than two pages how they propose to:

  • Provide unique opportunities for joint faculty and student research projects
  • Launch research projects worthy of seeking additional outside grant support
  • Recruit and retain faculty
  • Stimulate innovative pedagogy
  • Improve teaching in the classroom
  • Enhance institutional recognition and prestige

The proposal should include:

  • The research question that the Fellow will address
  • The academic, theoretical, and/or disciplinary perspective(s) from which this research question will be addressed
  • The ways that this project will use existing research on teaching and learning to adopt and adapt pedagogies, and advance best practices at Merrimack and beyond
  • A plan for involving other faculty across disciplines in the Faculty Fellow’s research agenda
  • How the efficacy of the pedagogies examined in this research will be assessed
  • How the results of this research will be disseminated and the positive impact that will result

Application Deadline

Faculty interested in applying for the 2019-2020 year should submit to the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (officeoftheprovost@merrimack.edu) by February 15, 2019. For more information, please contact Dr. Kathryn Nielsen nielsenk@merrimack.edu.