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Call for Nominations: Constellations / Mellon-Morgridge Professorship 

The College of Letters & Science invites nominations and self-nominations for two Mellon-Morgridge Professorships. This is an exciting opportunity for tenured and advanced tenure-track UW-Madison L&S humanities faculty to develop and teach innovative courses as part of the Constellations program. Constellations is an undergraduate initiative designed to stimulate enrollment in humanities classes and promote the value and relevance of the humanities across the UW-Madison campus. Our Mellon-Morgridge Professors create courses that have broad appeal and work with our program staff to develop co-curricular experiences and opportunities beyond the classroom to engage undergraduate students. Teaching with Constellations is a unique opportunity to create innovative experiences that benefit both UW-Madison undergraduates and the humanities community more broadly. 

Constellations classes are animated by pressing, contemporary questions and are expected to attract students from a variety of majors, including STEM fields. As such, our program aims to support humanities faculty who are interested in developing courses organized around timely problems or powerful questions. Topics for Constellations need not focus explicitly on the present and we welcome proposals that center topics of race, intersectionality, inequality, migration, privacy, sustainability, digital humanities, or computer and/or data science, among many others. Our incoming professors will offer classes that complement our current Constellations which include Fascism: Then and Now, and Truth and Crime. Applicants must be UW-Madison faculty.

Each Mellon-Morgridge Professor (MMP) receives four years of direct support and affiliation with the Constellations program, which includes one month of summer salary, and access to $5000 in annual flexible funds to support Constellations course development, teaching, and program activities. In exchange, each MMP teaches at least one high-enrollment class for Constellations annually (in-person during the fall or spring term), which is typically offered in their home department. This class should be enriched by high-impact practices and co-curricular activities that are supported by the Constellations program staff and our graduate PAs.  

The new Mellon-Morgridge Professors will be selected this spring, to begin their appointment in the fall of 2023. The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, February 6, 2023 

Candidate applications should include a C.V., evidence of teaching excellence (e.g., evaluations or examples of successful, innovative undergraduate teaching efforts), and provide a letter of support from their home department. Prospective candidates also should create a proposal for their Constellation that includes: 

  • A suggested theme for their Constellation and a course description or syllabus. 
  • This can consist of a new course proposal, or an existing syllabus with a plan for how it will be reframed based on the goals of the Constellations program. 
  • Plans for how to integrate project-based learning or out-of-classroom experiences into the class. 
  • Ideas for how the course will stimulate enrollment in the humanities and the potential undergraduate audience for the course. 
  • Connections to current or future certificate programs at UW-Madison. 

Nominations and self-nominations for this professorship should be submitted via email to Lori Demeuse ( by Monday, February 6, 2023. Mellon-Morgridge Professors are appointed by the Dean of the College of Letters & Science in consultation with a selection committee composed of faculty and staff. 

For more information about Constellations, please explore our website. Questions about nominations for the professorship may be directed to L&S Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities, Susan Zaeske ( Questions about the Constellations program and/or nominations may be addressed to the Program Director, Assistant Dean Nathan Phelps (