Thirty-two members of the University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty have been awarded 2019-20 faculty fellowships. The awardees span the four divisions — arts and humanities, physical sciences, social sciences and biological sciences — on campus.
“Our faculty are a key component of what makes UW–Madison a world research institute and I am excited that we can recognize a cohort each spring with these fellowships,” says Norman Drinkwater, interim vice chancellor for research and graduate education. “These awards highlight faculty efforts to support the research, teaching, outreach and public service missions of the university.”
Eleven faculty also have been honored with Kellett Mid-Career Awards to support faculty who are seven to 20 years past their first promotion to a tenured position. The award was created to provide needed support and encouragement to faculty at a critical stage of their careers and comes with $75,000 that may be spent over five years. The award is named for the late William R. Kellett, a former president of the WARF board of trustees and president of Kimberly-Clark Corp.
John Hitchcock, professor of art, uses the print medium with its long history of commenting on social and political issues to explore his relationships to community, land and culture. Hitchcock’s artwork consists of mythological hybrid creatures (buffalo, owl, horse, deer) and military weaponry (tanks, bombs, helicopters) based on his childhood memories and stories of growing up in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma next to the U.S. field artillery base, Fort Sill. Many of the images are interpretations of stories told by his Kiowa and Comanche grandparents and abstract representations influenced by beadwork, land and culture.