February 8, 2001
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—The Trustees of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have approved a grant of $91,000 to Amherst College to use in collaboration with Williams College to help plan to address needs for faculty career enhancement.

Tom Gerety and Morton Schapiro, the presidents of Amherst and Williams, in their application for this grant, expressed their hope that it would “enable us to examine a broad range of issues that affect faculty during their professional lives, such as juggling teaching and research at a liberal arts college, the challenge of employing new pedagogies and technologies, and the need for long-range professional planning.”

Amherst’s Faculty Career Enhancement Project will be directed by Rose Olver, L. Stanton Williams ’41 Professor of Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies, and Michele Barale, Associate Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies. At Williams College, James B. Wood, Willmott Family 3rd Century Professor of History, George R. Goethals, Webster Atwell Class of 1921 Professor of Psychology, and Karen B. Kwitter, Ebenezer Fitch Professor of Astronomy, will oversee the project.

Founded in 1821, Amherst College enrolls approximately 1,650 students from nearly every state and 48 other countries. Amherst offers the B.A. degree in 33 fields of study. Founded in 1793, Williams College enrolls approximately 2,000 students from nearly every state and 50 other countries. Williams offers the B.A. degree, with 31 majors plus concentrations and special programs.