Jackie McLean was a world-renowned alto saxophonist, educator, composer, and community activist who served on the faculty at the University of Hartford for 36 years. In 1968, he established the African-American music department and later the Jazz Studies degree program at The Hartt School. In 1970, he and his wife Dollie McLean founded the Artists Collective, a nationally recognized nonprofit, interdisciplinary cultural arts institution serving at-risk youth and the Greater Hartford community through the preservation and perpetuation of the art and culture of the African Diaspora.

The Jackie McLean Fellowship is open to candidates who have completed all coursework toward a terminal degree (doctoral degree or MFA). Post-doctoral candidates are also eligible. Fellows must be in residence during the fellowship year. Responsibilities include teaching one course per semester, conducting research or creative scholarship toward the completion of their degree or as a follow-up to their graduate work, giving at least one performance or presentation to the University and/or Hartford community, mentoring students and/or student organizations, and engaging in academic service. Fellows will be granted non-tenure-track faculty status at the Visiting Instructor or Assistant Professor level for one year, and receive salary, benefits, and travel funds.

Candidates for the Fellowship are nominated by one of our academic departments. Interested applicants should contact the relevant department chairs to explore the possibilities for the upcoming academic year (a list of departments and chairs can be found on our website).  Information on the search process for the 2023/2024 academic year will be posted in the fall of 2022. Candidates committed to advancing the role of under-represented minorities in higher education, to working with diverse populations and conversant in multi-cultural issues are encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in more information about this fellowship, please contact the Jackie McLean Fellowship Program Chair, Dr. Woody Doane (doane@hartford.edu)

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