Faculty Pursue Prestigious Grants with Provost’s Research Fellowships

Posted On June 12, 2017
Categories Fellowships, News

Three faculty members have been awarded Provost’s Faculty Research Fellowships for academic year 2017-18:

Thomas Crisp
Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Dr. Crisp will complete a proposal for a two-year collaborative, cross-institutional, interdisciplinary research fellowship awarded by the American Council of Learned Societies. Crisp’s collaborative research project is a literature-based content analysis that explores issues of diversity and representation in children’s literature. His project will provide large-scale findings based upon the analysis of books included in early childhood and elementary grades classroom libraries from around the United States.


Marilynn Richtarik
Department of English

Dr. Richtarik will complete proposals for a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to support her book about contemporary responses by creative writers to the peace process in Northern Ireland. Her methodology combines literary analysis, biography, politics, and history in order to give both academic and general readers a heightened sense of Northern Ireland’s diversity of perspectives and the prospects for common ground there.


Neil Van Leeuwen
Department of Philosophy

Dr. Van Leeuwen will complete a proposal for a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. He plans to form a two-year interdisciplinary research group at Georgia State University that will focus on systematically investigating what distinguishes religious credences, as psychological states, from factual beliefs, as psychological states. The research group will integrate philosophical, psychological, and anthropological approaches to studying the nature of belief in its various forms.


The Provost’s Faculty Research Fellowships aid faculty members who are pursuing prestigious and funded external fellowship awards to support their research. The fellowships provide one-semester salary support for faculty members to facilitate their completion of applications for preeminent international and national fellowships or awards. This fellowship program is particularly important in the humanities, arts and professional disciplines where external research funding is not as common. Learn more about the Provost’s Faculty Research Fellowships.




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