UT Welcomes New Class of the Harrington Faculty Fellows

The University of Texas at Austin is proud to announce the latest class of the Harrington Faculty Fellows Program, which supports a group of visiting scholars each academic year. For 2021-22, the university is expecting six faculty fellows.

The Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program is one of the best endowed visiting scholar and graduate fellow programs in the nation. Sybil Harrington established the program as a tribute to her husband, Don Harrington, to support young faculty members and graduate students who have academic records of success and ingenuity.

2021-22 Harrington Faculty Fellows

Dr. Rachel Wang is being hosted by the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences in the College of Natural Science. She is currently a Lecturer (equivalent to a tenured Assistant Professor) in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney. Her field of study is developing scalable statistical inference procedures and computational tools with theoretical guarantees and applying them to big data-driven scientific problems.

Dr. Dominique Baker will be hosted by the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy in the College of Education. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Education Policy at Southern Methodist University. Her field of study is education policy, specifically the ways that education policy can shape minoritized students’ access to and success in colleges and universities.

Dr. Maegan Fairchild will be hosted by the Department of Philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts. She is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on extraordinary answers to otherwise ordinary questions about material objects. She is especially interested in varieties of ontological permissivism and the rich range of puzzles they give rise to. 

Dr. Anne Meng will be hosted by the Department of Government in the College of Liberal Arts. She is an Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. Dr. Meng’s research centers on authoritarian politics and institutions 

Dr. Amira Rose Davis will be hosted by the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. She is currently an Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies at Penn State. Dr. Davis’s scholarship examines the emergence of sports as a key forum for debates about race, gender, sexuality, and nationalism in the mid-twentieth century and why sport is such an essential site of exploration for these dynamics.

Dr. Justin Lavner will be hosted by the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences. He is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Georgia. His research focuses on understanding and improving family well-being with a major emphasis on experiences of underserved and marginalized populations.

Each year, fellows visit UT Austin to pursue their research and collaborate with colleagues. A Harrington Faculty Fellow is on leave from their home university and is appointed as a visiting member of the UT Austin faculty. The fellowship includes a competitive stipend, relocation expenses, and full medical benefits along with office space and administrative support provided by the host department, organized research unit (ORU), or institute.

Faculty Fellows also participate in an annual symposium. This was the first ever virtual symposium and included participants from the Amarillo Area Foundation, the Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation, Amarillo College, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and West Texas A&M University.

Learn more about the program here.

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