This year’s Chancellor’s Leadership Fellows are immersed in their fellowship projects to develop and implement enhancements to faculty life at UMass Amherst. Laura Doyle, professor of English, Sarah Poissant, associate professor of communication disorders, and Laura Valdiviezo, professor of teacher education and school improvement, were awarded the fellowships for the 2021-22 academic year. Additionally, Jenny Adams, associate professor of English, and Christiane Healey, senior lecturer in biology, have been awarded 2021-22 Faculty Fellowships in order to continue their work as 2020-21 Chancellor’s Leadership Fellows.
The Chancellor’s Leadership Fellowship program cultivates future campus leaders by offering half-time, one-year temporary appointments to an administrative area on campus and providing shadowing and mentoring from the leaders of the host units. Fellows are expected to launch a significant program during the fellowship year that will demonstrate capacity for leadership. The Office of Faculty Development coordinates the annual application process for the Chancellor’s Leadership Fellowship. A full list of all past Chancellor’s Leadership Fellows by year can be found here.
2021-22 Chancellor’s Leadership Fellows:
Laura Doyle, professor of English, is working with Barbara Krauthamer, dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, on a project to enhance campus structures for interdisciplinary co-teaching across departments and colleges. The project was prompted by the findings of the 2020 COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey in which UMass faculty expressed a desire for more such opportunities. “Many UMass faculty produce rich interdisciplinary and collaborative research, yet they have few opportunities to channel that learning and those dialogical relationships into their classrooms,” says Doyle. “In this era when students seek interdisciplinary learning and the world needs holistic interdisciplinary solutions to pressing problems, UMass Amherst has an opportunity to model innovative forms of collaborative thinking and teaching for both students and other institutions.”
Doyle’s research is itself interdisciplinary, forging models that integrate literary-cultural studies with history, existential philosophy, and political economy from a decolonial and intersectional perspective. Together with Professor Mwangi wa Gĩthĩnji (economics) she co-directs the World Studies Interdisciplinary Project, which has recently been awarded a Mellon Foundation grant to build an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in Decolonial Global Studies. Doyle’s new book, Inter-imperiality, “Vying Empires, Gendered Labor, and the Literary Arts of Alliance” was awarded the Immanuel Wallerstein Prize; and her earlier books include “Bordering on the Body: The Racial Matrix of Modern Fiction and Culture;” “Freedom’s Empire: Race and the Rise of the Novel in Atlantic Modernity, 1640-1940.” Awards include a Leverhulme Research Professorship at Exeter University-UK; a Rockefeller Fellowship in Intercultural Scholarship in Afro-American Studies at Princeton University; and two Fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies.