The MGTF Program

MGTF Fellowship

  • Apply by February 5, 2018 by 12pm
  • Guidelines
  • Information session: January 23 (12pm, 206 Administration Bldg)

The Mellon Foundation Graduate Teaching Fellowship is a unique partnership and collaboration between Emory University, four local colleges and universities (Agnes Scott College, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College), Dillard University in New Orleans, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

About the Program

The core of the Mellon program is the graduate teaching fellows: Each year, between 6 and 10 Emory graduate students are selected to teach two courses over a year at the partner institutions. The Mellon Fellows are selected by a committe of liaisons from the partner institutions, ensuring that the Fellows will fill genuine needs at their teaching institutions.

This straightforward arrangement is surrounded by a number of features which together create a model for helping students through the final phase of their graduate school careers, and for allowing them to complete their degrees with a sense of professional confidence and knowledge of the career they are entering. The program:

  • Focuses on professional development. Throughout the year, the Fellows participate in a biweekly seminar led by the Mellon Directors. The seminar functions as a sounding board for the fellows’ teaching experiences and dissertation progress, and encourages interdisciplinary dialogue on the issues and debates shaping higher education.
  • Establishes mentoring relationships. Each Fellow acquires an insitutional mentor who introduces the Fellow to faculty life.
  • Aims at degree completion: mentoring, a moderate teaching load and the professional development seminar reinforce the expctation that fellows complete their degress during the fellowship year.



  • Professor Benjamin Reiss: Benjamin Reiss joined the Mellon program in 2014. He is Professor of English and a founding director of the Emory Disability Studies Initiative.  He specializes in American literature, disability studies, and the history of medicine.  He was awarded a 2015-16 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and his new book, Thoreau’s Bed: How Sleep Became a Problem in the Modern World, is due out from Basic Books in 2017. 
  • Professor Falguni Sheth: Falguni Sheth joined the Mellon program in 2016. She is a Mellon Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research is in the areas of continental & political philosophy, legal and critical race theory and philosophy of race, post-colonial, theory, and sub-altern and gender studies. She has published numerous articles and two books, Race, Liberalism, and Economics (coedited, U. Michigan Press, 2004) and Toward a Political Philosophy of Race (SUNY Press, 2009). She is also a columnist at, where she writes about National Security, race, and politics. 

Current Fellows

  • Sasha Klupchak (Agnes Scott College)
  • Kira Jones (Agnes Scott College)
  • Irem Ebeturk (Clark Atlanta University)
  • Sarah Megan Smith (Clark Atlanta University)
  • Joel Reynolds (Dillard University)
  • Caroline Schwenz (Dillard University)
  • Oliver Cowart (Morehouse College)
  • Erica Serrato (Morehouse College)
  • Emma Meyer (Spelman College)
  • Catherine Ngoh (Spelman College)

Partner Schools & Liaisons

Agnes Scott College

  • Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Associate Dean of the College Lila C. Harvey

Clark Atlanta University

  • Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Danille K. Taylor

Dillard University

  • Assistant Dean Robert Collins

Emory University

  • LGS Senior Associate Dean Cathryn Johnson

Morehouse College

  • Humanites and Social Sciences Chair Mel Foster 

Spelman College

  • Interim Vice Provost and Director of Undergraduate Research Dolores Bradley Brennan