The Thomas Jefferson Society of Postdoctoral Fellows allows young scholars the opportunity to teach in a collegial interdisciplinary setting while continuing their own research. Fellowships are awarded to scholars in all areas of the liberal arts who have in the past 7 years completed doctoral dissertations on one or more of the great books and have shown a commitment to the interdisciplinary study and teaching of the great books. The fellowships normally carry a teaching load of one course each semester and are renewable for a second year.
The Society of Postdoctoral Fellows has been supported by generous grants from the Jack Miller Center for Teaching American Founding Principles and History, the Veritas Fund, the Thomas Smith Foundation, and a number of individual donors in Texas. In announcing its most recent gift to the Jefferson Center, Rear Admiral Mike Ratliff, President of the Jack Miller Center, said:
"The Thomas Jefferson Center has made a remarkable contribution to education at the Austin campus and established a national reputation for excellence and innovation in a short period of time. This has been possible because of the support and encouragement of Dean Randy Diehl and the leadership Lorraine and Tom Pangle. The JMC is honored to be a partner in this work, and to provide support for these fellowships, which provide crucial help to young scholars just starting their careers."
Application Information for 2015-16 will be posted in December or January.
David Newheiser received his Ph.D. in theology from the University of Chicago in 2012. He works on classical Christian thought and contemporary continental philosophy. By attending to affinities between texts that are apparently distant in context and concern, his research aims to open possibilities for productive conversation among disparate communities - within the academy and in the public sphere. His first book, The Darkness of Hope, draws upon Dionysius the Areopagite and Jacques Derrida in order to argue that faithful life is nourished by a self-critical hope that presses forward without guarantees. He has published articles on the gift of love, the responsibilities of reading, and the debate over same-sex unions, and he is co-editor of a volume on the relation between faith and desire.
Bio coming soon!