[Blackstudies-l] GENESEO alumna earns prestigious Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow Position

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Wed Jun 24 16:42:09 EDT 2020

Some of you will remember our Stephanie -- English and Black Studies Major
join me in congratulating her ❤
[image: Stephanie Catanese Iasiello]
Stephanie Catanese Iasiello
PhD, English, Emory University
*Appointed as Director of Education and Information, Alliance for Higher
Education in Prison*

The ‘Education and Information Director’ will lead the Alliance’s efforts
to increase its educational and professional development support to higher
education in prison practitioners, teachers and students. This position
will spearhead efforts to create, facilitate and disseminate educational
materials and support to the higher education in prison stakeholder
community, including: webinars, toolkits and reports to support
professional development and enhanced program quality, in collaboration
with the Alliance’s core partners, staff and consultants. In particular,
the Information and Education Director will extend the Alliance's quality
framework that was begun in the report: Equity and Excellence in Higher
Education in Prison: A Guide for Higher Education in Prison into a series
of workshops, webinars and toolkits that can be disseminated and delivered
to higher education in prison program (in print, multimedia and virtual
formats) across the country to ensure the growth of quality programming.
Additionally, this position will collaborate with Alliance colleagues
(Community Engagement Director and Information Director) in a leadership
role to launch the first-ever journal solely devoted to the topic of higher
education in prison. Finally, this position will work with the Alliance’s
statewide and regional participants being supported in various technical
assistance and cohort programs, through trainings, workshops and meeting
facilitation, to build the infrastructure to ensure quality educational and
professional development experiences in higher education in prison programs.

2020 Fellows Bring Skills and Perspectives Honed as Humanities PhDs to
Nonprofit and Civic Organizations Across the United States
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*The American Council of Learned Societies Names 22 Mellon/ACLS Public

*2020 Fellows Bring Skills and Perspectives Honed as Humanities PhDs to
Nonprofit and Civic Organizations Across the United States*

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has proudly named 22 new
Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows for 2020.

Now in its tenth year, the Public Fellows program places recent PhDs in
substantive roles in nonprofit and civic organizations. It serves as an
important demonstration of the ways in which humanities and related social
sciences PhDs can add significant value and thrive within a variety of
domains beyond academia. The program is made possible by a grant from The
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The 2020 Public Fellows have roles in policy research, community
engagement, advocacy, arts and public humanities programming, fundraising,
and information management. Each will serve in two-year, full-time
positions with prestigious host organizations including Alliance for Higher
Education in Prison, the American Civil Liberties Union, Children’s Defense
Fund, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, and Oxfam.

“During this time of ongoing uncertainty, the Public Fellows program
provides important opportunities to apply humanistic perspectives and
skills directly to projects led by community-focused initiatives across the
country,” said ACLS President Joy Connolly. “In addition to helping to
blaze new career paths for doctoral students, our partners are energized by
the prospect of increasing their own capacity to address urgent problems
with the distinctive assistance of humanities PhDs. We are deeply grateful
to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their support of our common vision
of a dynamic future for advanced education in the humanities.”

Over the past decade Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows have gone on to make
significant contributions within the organizations they work with and the
communities they serve, as recently highlighted in *The Chronicle of Higher

Each member of the 2020 cohort will receive $70,000 per year, as well as
employer-based health insurance, a relocation allowance, and up to $3,000
in professional development funds over the course of the fellowship. In
addition to contributing to initiatives that will enhance and improve
communities as integral staff members, Fellows have opportunities for
networking, mentoring, and career development programming, both in-person
and virtually, as well as opportunities to contribute to the efforts by
scholarly associations and universities to support career pathways for
humanities PhDs.

Learn more
about the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program.

*About the American Council of Learned Societies*
Formed in 1919, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is a
nonprofit federation of 75 scholarly organizations. As the preeminent
representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social
sciences, ACLS holds a core belief that knowledge is a public good. As
such, ACLS strives to promote the circulation of humanistic knowledge
throughout society. In addition to stewarding and representing its member
organizations, ACLS employs its $140 million endowment and $35 million
annual operating budget to support scholarship in the humanities and social
sciences and to advocate for the centrality of the humanities in the modern

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