The Gessell Fellowship in social ethics offers funds to enable an independent research project in social theory or social ethics. The project may be an academic research paper or field experience. Projects with a local focus are particularly encouraged. The award recipient will complete the project during the course of the academic year, and will submit a final paper and give a public presentation on their research topic to the Sewanee community in April.
This fellowship was established in 2004 by John M. “Jack” Gessell, professor emeritus of Christian ethics of The School of Theology, to provide funding for Sewanee students to do an independent research project in social theory or social ethics. One of outcomes that Dr. Gessell hoped for through this fellowship is that the recipient will come up with a “social prescription” to address the social ethics issue that was researched.
Application deadline: April 15, 2014
Eligibility: Students of the School of Theology who will return as full-time students the following year are eligible.
(Awards alternate yearly between students from the College and The School of Theology)
Award: Students are awarded a stipend of $1500, plus expenses (up to $500)
Duration of Internship: Academic year
Previous Gessell Recipients and Topics
2004 – 2005 - Tom Purdy, “Economic Justice in Sewanee: The Case for the Living Wage”
2005 – 2006 – Rosemary Puckette, “Photographic History of the Willie Six Neighborhood in Sewanee”
2006 – 2007 – Joel Turmo, “Study of Handicapped Accessibility on the Sewanee Campus”
2007 – 2008 – Joe Brew, “Race, Privilege, and the Past: African-American Student Presence at Sewanee”
2008 – 2009 – Richard Houser, “The Implementation and Impact of Small Eco-Friendly Changes at The School of Theology”
2009- 2010 – Tina Campomizzi, “Women in Rwanda”
2010 – 2011 – Josh Bowron, “An Examination of the Social Ethics of Sewanee’s Outreach Program”
2011 – 2012 – Carrie Ryan, “Are We Being Good Neighbors? An Examination of the Relationship Between Sewanee and its Local Communities”
2012 – 2013 – Lyn Stabler, “Family Stories: A Genogram of The School of Theology”
Applications guidelines are available in Charline Hookey's office.