The Presidential Fellowship Program was launched to strengthen and expand the work of the Interdisciplinary Institute. The first cohort of fellows will be introduced in 2019-2020.

The key objectives of this new signature program are:

  • Fostering curriculum transformation

  • Supporting pedagogical innovations

  • Encouraging faculty collaboration

  • Nurturing professional development and innovation

Tenured and tenure track Merrimack College faculty members will be selected each year to join a community of scholars and spend one semester in residence at the institute. Presidential fellows will receive a stipend and a course release.

Presidential Fellows will participate in a bi-monthly seminar, open to the public, and explore new ways of engaging with faculty and students. Fellows may also pursue additional activities including:

  • Host interdisciplinary scholars

  • Develop new curriculum

  • Explore innovative pedagogies including team-teaching

  • Co-author publications and grants

  • Travel to regional, national & international conferences

  • Propose and participate in faculty retreats

  • Support interdisciplinary initiatives on campus