2014 Dean’s Fellows: (L-R) Taylor Elyse Bryant, Gloria Clemencia Perez, Robert C. P. Steiner, M. Brielle Harbin and Yun Cha. Not pictured, Kevin Patrick Milewski.
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Complete applications must be submitted by May 14.
The Dean’s Fellowship program is designed to create in-depth learning experiences for students. The program is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors and graduate students who are interested in participating in strategic projects for the Jean and Alexander Heard Library over the course of a semester or two. With professional librarians as mentors, students work on tactical library projects that will benefit library users. Selected students learn new skills and complete projects that add to their expertise and resumes. Projects may involve work with rare print and digital collections enhancing accessibility, social media, exhibits and print resources. Through the Dean's Fellowship program, our libraries promote undergraduate and graduate research.
* Under special circumstances, exemptions may be granted to allow for fewer hours.
To be considered for a Dean’s Fellow position, candidates must be in good academic standing and submit the following to the project mentor:
Selected applicants will interview with the Dean of Libraries. Accepted students will receive a formal letter of acceptance.
For any additional information about the current positions, contact the project mentor.
For general information about the Dean’s Fellow program, contact Celia Walker.
Vanderbilt is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. We particularly encourage applications from minorities and women.
The Dean's Fellows program is an important way in which our libraries foster student involvement and offer students opportunities to exchange ideas and learn new skills. If you would like to sponsor a Dean's Fellow, please contact Celia Walker.
M. Brielle Harbin is a fourth-year doctoral student in political science. Her dissertation examines how political leaders use narratives to engage citizens and their effect on citizens' political beliefs and behavior. Brielle holds an M.A. in political science from Brown University and a B.A. in government from Smith College. She is a recipient of a Provost Graduate Fellowship and is a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Scholar.
Brielle presented her project at the Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellows Institute at Vanderbilt University; at the Center for Teaching's 2014 "Celebration of Learning;" and at the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Preconference of the American Library Association in Las Vegas, NV.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Vanderbilt Television News Archive: Online Exhibit of Presidential Speeches
Kevin Patrick Milewski is a Vanderbilt junior, majoring in history with minors in French and English. A member of the Arts & Sciences College Scholars Honors program and the Phi Alpha Theta Historical Honor Society, Kevin recently participated in the Vanderbilt-in-France program in Aix. He was twice named a junior fellow at the Library of Congress, where he worked on the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection of book illustration.
Kevin presented his project at the international conference "Cultural Modernism II: Latin America" at Vanderbilt University; at the Center for Teaching's 2014 "Celebration of Learning;" and at the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Preconference of the American Library Association in Las Vegas, NV.
"My favorite part of the project, other than working in the Bandy Center, was designing the website. I think one of the most unique things about the Dean's Fellowship is the trust placed within students to produce something visual that will be linked to the Library's website. Considering digital humanities and the needs associated with presenting library materials to a large, public audience, [it] is an opportunity rarely afforded to undergraduates."
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Illustrated editions of Les Fleurs du Mal (1857) by Charles Baudelaire
Gloria Clemencia Perez is a first-year doctoral student in Socio-Cultural Anthropology, conducting work on how internally displaced groups bargain and navigate their environment in difficult times. For ten years, Gloria worked as a physician in the Colombian Andes, followed by research at the Immune Disease Institute at Harvard Medical School. A native Colombian, Gloria holds an M.A. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Toronto. She is the 2013 recipient of The Bob Shirley Prize in Anthropology and also the recipient of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Doctoral Fellowship, the most important award for social scientists in Canada.
Gloria presented her project at the Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellows Institute at Vanderbilt University. Her project was the focus of a cover story for the Center for Latin American Studies newsletter in spring 2014 and a presentation at the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Materials in Salt Lake City, UT..
"My work with the collection has made me realize that in my academic work the historical analysis cannot be restricted to the 20th century and must reach back further, because the roots of the current Colombian problems are still traceable to key issues in the 19th century. While this may not greatly affect my career path, it significantly impacts how I view my academic project."
PROJECT DESCRIPTION:: Helguera Colombian Collection
Robert C.P. Steiner is a first-year candidate for Master of Education in human development counseling. He holds his J.D. from the University of Wyoming and an M.S. in family financial planning & counseling and B.A. in history and political science, cum laude, from the University of Alabama. Robert is the recipient of the Peabody College Dean’s Tuition Scholarship and numerous past scholarships and awards.
Robert presented his project at the Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellows Institute at Vanderbilt University.
"The project was tough and challenging at times but it was not too difficult. The project allowed me to integrate and synthesize a few of the different skills I've developed. It also allowed me to add a few more skills to my toolbox."
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Historical Tour of the University
Taylor Elyse Bryant is a junior, double majoring in human and organizational development and Spanish. She is a Chancellor's Scholarship recipient, on the Dean's List, and a member of the Junior Athenian Honors Society. Taylor has a background in web design and blogging, and contributes to magazines and websites as a writer and photographer.
Taylor presented her project at the Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellows Institute at Vanderbilt University.
"I liked that I got full ownership of the project. I never knew how much I liked the process of researching a problem in many different ways (conversations, articles, focus groups) and combining the results to present a recommendation. Now I'm doing a very similar thing in my summer internship. I love it!"
PROJECT DESCRIPTION:: Vanderbilt Libraries Website Visual Communications
Yun Cha is a junior majoring in Sociology. A member of the Sociology Department Honors program, Yun is also a College Scholar and a member of Collegiate Leadership Vanderbilt. He has worked as a teaching assistant at the Gyeonggi Academy of Foreign Languages in South Korea and attended the International Summer Institute at Seoul National University.
Yun presented his project at the Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellows Institute at Vanderbilt University.
"I must say I greatly appreciated and enjoyed the various meetings and events that Dean Dowell invited us to! "
PROJECT DESCRIPTION:: Vanderbilt Libraries Special Collections Topics in Wikipedia
In 2012, Emily Carlton Cook , a Vanderbilt senior, curated an interactive exhibition with photographs selected from the Jack Corn Collection at Vanderbilt University Special Collections. Mr. Corn worked for The Tennessean for 23 years, after which he worked as the director of photography for the Chicago Tribune from 1984 to 1991. His photograph was selected by Lady Bird Johnson to be part of the publicity for President Johnson’s War on Poverty. His collection of photographs of coal mining communities in Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, taken from 1956 to 2003, convey the hardship, exploitation, and steadfastness of the communities during the 49-year period.