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The Compass: The Newsletter of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences
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Current Psi Iota Fellows

Adrian Brettle

Adrian Brettle studied history as an undergraduate at Pembroke College, Cambridge and received his PhD from the University of Virginia under the direction of Professor Gary W. Gallagher. Adrian's dissertation is entitled "'The Fortunes of War': Confederate Expansionist Ambitions during the American Civil War". He has presented his research at numerous conferences, lectured on the Civil War era to a variety of audiences, and conducted or helped with many Civil War sites & battlefield tours. Adrian is now Psi Iota Fellow at Rowan University and the Bradley Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Virginia.

Elizabeth Gennari-O'Connell

Psi Iota Teaching Fellow-in-Residence

Since 2008-2009, Rowan University's Psi Iota branch of Phi Alpha Theta (PAT), the national history honors society, has sponsored a fellow-in-residence program. The program is designed for an A.B.D. candidate finishing doctoral work but is also available to recent Ph.D.'s. Fellows have received an office with a computer, access to the University's libraries and databases, secretarial support, a modest fund for research or travel related expenses, and a combination of salary and honorarium. Fellows are typically required deliver a lecture and an overview of their research for an audience of advanced undergraduates in history. Fellows also have the opportunity to share a chapter or other in-progress research with faculty members in the History Department's works-in-progress seminar. Fellows teach two upper division courses in their general area of specialty, one in each semester of their fellowship.

The applicants for this part-time fellowship have been extremely impressive, with candidates applying from universities all over the United States and abroad, including:

  • City University of Hong Kong
  • El Colegio de Mexico
  • London School of Economics
  • Princeton University
  • Rutgers University
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • SUNY Stonybrook
  • Temple University
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Iowa
  • University of London
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Toronto
  • And more

As one can see below, the successful candidates have been successful both in their time at Rowan and in finding employment upon completion of their fellowships, which are usually renewable for up to two years.

Year of Fellowship: Name of Fellow (position upon leaving Rowan)
2013-2014: Lauren Pearlman (Visiting Professor, U.S. Military Academy, West Point)
2012-2013: Stephanie Opperman (Assistant Professor, Georgia College)
2011-2013: Laurie Lahey (Assistant Professor, University of South Florida)
2011-2012: Matthew Karp (Assistant Professor, Princeton University)
2009-2011: Gill Frank (Visiting Assistant Professor and ACLS New Faculty Fellow, SUNY Stonybrook)
2008-2010: Isabelle Rohr (Frances Patai Lectureship in Holocaust Studies, City University of New York)