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.

Applications are closed for the semester.

Dean's Fellows


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.

Program Benefits

  • Opportunity to add discrete project to resume and build contacts
  • Expand research skills
  • Applied learning opportunity
  • 20 hours per week*; flexible hours
  • Work with leading experts in the library field
  • Lunch with the Dean of Libraries

* Under special circumstances, exemptions may be granted to allow for fewer hours.

Fall 2014

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.

“As the Dean’s Fellow for Website and Visual Communication, I had the opportunity to study the library and its resources so that I could understand how best to visually represent it. My fellowship included library tours, meetings with the directors of each library, and conducting focus groups and interviews to gain user insight. The culmination of the fellowship was a digital marketing strategy document, which included guidelines and processes for the Library’s visual identity. My time as a fellow deepened both my technical skills and my appreciation for all that the Library has to offer.”

PROJECT: 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.

PROJECT: Vanderbilt Libraries Special Collections Topics in Wikipedia

Current Projects

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.

PROJECT: 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.

PROJECT: 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.

PROJECT: 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.

PROJECT: Historical Tour of the University

Application Process

Applications are closed for the semester.

To be considered for a Dean’s Fellow position, candidates must be in good academic standing and submit the following to the project mentor:

  • Cover letter addressed to the project contact
  • Curriculum vitae including name, address, email, and telephone
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member
  • Maximum of 350 words on what you hope to achieve in the project

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.