Mellby Lecture

Nomination Instructions for the Mellby Lecturer

Please consider nominating a fellow faculty member for next year’s Mellby Lecture Series.  The Mellby Lecture Series is named for Carl Mellby who served the college as professor and administrator from 1901-1949.  Dr. Mellby’s career exemplified the distinctive contribution that liberal arts colleges make to higher education: excellence characterized by comprehensiveness, intellectual rigor in both scholarship and teaching, and a creative concern for interrelationships and communication amongst disciplines.  In honoring Carl Mellby with a lecture series in his name, we honor his successors among current faculty by inviting two of them who continue in Mellby’s tradition to reflect upon the significance of their own professional work and developments in their chosen fields.

To nominate someone please submit a letter providing evidence of excellence in professional activity (scholarship and/or artistic activity) and teaching which places the nominee within the intellectual tradition established by Mellby.  The letter should thus show that the nominee’s work is characterized by comprehensiveness, intellectual rigor in both scholarship and teaching, and a creative concern for interrelationships and communication across disciplines.  In addition, the letter should show that the nominee is well-situated to give an excellent presentation to an audience who may or may not have background in the subject matter addressed.

The letter of nomination should be at least one page and no more than two pages in length.  You may nominate someone collectively, with everyone in the group signing the letter of nomination, or instead have several colleagues write separate letters supporting a nomination.  Please send all nominations to the Dean of the College by noon on the date indicated on the Application Deadlines page.

Mellby Lecturers for 2014-15

  • Fall Term:Rebecca Judge, Economics, November 3, 2014
  • Spring Term: Mary Titus, English, March 24, 2014

To view a speaker history of past Mellby Lecturers, please go to the History of Mellby Lecturers.