Jackie McLean Fellowship: Call for Nominations

January 04, 2022
Submitted By: Office of the Provost

As part of our continuing efforts to diversify the faculty and advance the cultural competence of our campus community, the Office of the Provost invites nominations for the 2022-23 Jackie McLean Fellowship. All departments are welcome to nominate; preference will be given to departments or interdisciplinary programs that anticipate a full-time position opening in the next two academic years. Nominations of a current fellow for a second year are also welcome.

The Jackie McLean Fellowship is open to candidates who have completed all coursework toward a terminal degree (doctoral degree or MFA). Post-doctoral candidates at or near the beginning of their careers are also eligible. Fellows must be in residence during the fellowship year. Responsibilities include teaching one course per semester, conducting research or creative scholarship toward the completion of their degree or as a follow-up to their graduate work, giving at least one performance or presentation to the University and/or Hartford community, mentoring students and/or student organizations, and engaging in academic service. Fellows will be granted non-tenure track faculty status at the rank of Visiting Instructor or Assistant Professor for one year, and will receive a $54,000 salary, benefits, an office and computer, and funding for travel and research.

Nomination papers should provide evidence that the nominee meets the following criteria:

  • A commitment to advancing the role of under-represented minorities in higher education

  • A commitment to working with a diverse student body

  • Promise as a teacher

  • Promise as a scholar/artist

  • Interest in a career in academia

    Nomination materials should include, but are not limited to:

  • Nomination form from the department or interdisciplinary program, with chair(s) and dean(s)


  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae

  • At least two letters of reference, including one from the doctoral or pre-terminal degree advisor.

  • Transcripts of graduate study (unofficial transcripts acceptable at initial stages)

  • A statement from the nominee detailing how they would engage in teaching and research or

    creative scholarship activities during their year at the University of Hartford and how this experience would: (a) further their career goals; (b) advance the intercultural competence of our campus community; particularly in relation to under-represented minorities and (c) advance the university’s mission.

    Jackie McLean was a world-renowned alto saxophonist, educator, composer and community activist who served on the faculty at the University of Hartford for 36 years. In 1968, he established the African- American music department and later the Jazz Studies degree program at The Hartt School. In 1970, he and his wife Dollie McLean founded the Artists Collective, a nationally recognized non-profit, interdisciplinary cultural arts institution serving at-risk youth and the Greater Hartford community through the preservation and perpetuation of the art and culture of the African Diaspora.

    Questions about the fellowship or the nomination process can be addressed to Jackie McLean Committee Chair Dr. Woody Doane at

    See the attached for more information.