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Community Fellowship for

UT Faculty and Staff


In partnership with the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Division of Diversity and Engagement, The Bottom is offering a short term (one semester) community fellowship.


We believe that the work of scholars and other professional staff can enrich civic and community life, and by pursuing such work in dialogue with the public, university research, teaching, and creative expression is elevated. In a semester-long fellowship, Black faculty/staff will serve as a resource and collaborator on a public facing, community identified or agreed upon project. The fellow will work directly with The Bottom’s team, especially with our program ambassadors, to develop a project moving it from ideation to completion. 

The projects produced by this program will aim to document and/or advance the local Black community. The final project could include recurring programming, public forums, advocacy campaigns, workshops, events, publications or public exhibitions among others. This fellowship is especially designed for Black junior faculty (non-tenure and tenure track) and professional staff who might benefit from deliberate connections and invested liaisons with the multifaceted local Black community. 


Each semester one fellow will be chosen. Successful Applicants should be:

  • Collaborative and communicative 

  • Committed to public scholarship 

  • Have an interest in Black knoxville

  • Do research or professional work concerned with Black experiences and/or place

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