USF Faculty Awarded Prestigious Fulbright, Guggenheim and Getty Grants

TAMPA, Fla. (April 10, 2008) – Five members of the University of South Florida faculty earned internationally-renowned fellowships to expand their scholarship globally.  Three professors in visual and performing arts were awarded Fulbright research grants.  A Guggenheim Fellowship, the seventh in USF’s history, as well as a Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship were also awarded to professors in anthropology and art history respectively.

“These highly competitive and prestigious grants are indicative of the exceptional quality of the scholars who work and study at USF,” said USF Provost Ralph Wilcox.  “We are immensely proud of these outstanding achievements and the honor they bring to our academic community.”

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.  USF’s Fulbright recipients all hail from the College of Visual and Performing Arts:

  • Michael Foley, professor of dance, will teach in Mexico at the Escuela Profesional de la Danza de Mazatlán.  He joins the internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company, Delfos Danza, to work on a major new project while also working with Mexican dance conservatories across Mexico.  His efforts will help streamline coursework to academically correspond with American university standards for dance and help student exchange programs between the two countries.

  • Kerry Glamsch, theater instructor, will teach a course at the University of Craiova in Romania titled “Great Performances on Film” in the university’s American studies program as well as acting classes in the university’s new theater program.

  • Michael Timpson, assistant professor of music composition, will conduct research in Taiwan for his book, “Writing for Chinese Instruments: Orchestral and Philosophical Approaches for Western Composers,” interview performers, and record audio and video of various Chinese instrumental techniques.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships are awarded to U.S. and Canadian artists, scientists and scholars on the basis of stellar achievement and exceptional promise for continued accomplishment.  Of the more than 2,600 applicants in 2008, only 190 fellows were named.  Kevin Yelvington, associate professor of anthropology, will apply his Guggenheim Fellowship in support of his forthcoming book on Melville J. Herskovits (who started the first program in African studies at a major U. S. university) and the making of Afro-American anthropology.  The book will focus on the development of the controversial anthropologist’s thinking, in and through the relationships he formed with Latin American and Caribbean ethnologists.

The Getty Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship supports emerging scholars whose work contributes to the understanding and preservation of the visual arts locally and throughout the world.  Noël Schiller, assistant professor of northern Renaissance and Baroque art history, will use her Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship for her book project "Engaging Laughter: Representing Perception, Sensation, and the Passions in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art."  Her research will take her to a variety of institutions including the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland and the Koninklijk Bibliotheek, in The Hague, Netherlands.

“These major research awards will help establish the recipients as leading scholars in their disciplines,” said Wilcox.  “They also help enhance USF’s national reputation through acknowledging the high caliber of faculty scholarly achievements so characteristic of a major research university.”

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  It is one of Florida's top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year.  The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine.  The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland.  USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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Story written by Jacqui Cash, Academic Affairs