The Core Fellows Program at Boston College enables early career scholars from across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to develop their research and teaching potential. Core Fellows contribute to the Core Curriculum, the foundational, fifteen-course program in the liberal arts that all Boston College students complete as part of their undergraduate education at a Jesuit, Catholic institution. Fellows are attached to home departments as Visiting Assistant Professors. Salary and research support are competitive. Initial appointments are for one year and are potentially renewable depending on curricular needs.
During one semester, Core Fellows teach lab sections for interdisciplinary Complex Problems courses, team-taught by Boston College faculty. They work alongside experienced teaching mentors on topics such as climate change, race and gender, terrorism, and design and innovation. Labs for Complex Problems courses are devoted to problem- and project-based learning. During the other semester, each Core Fellow teaches an elective in his/her field as well as an Enduring Questions course, linked pairs of classes that two Core Fellows design together.
In 2017–2018, the six Core Fellows represent the fields of Environmental Studies, History, Political Science, Science and Technology Studies, and Sociology. Together they are teaching the following Enduring Questions courses:
In Search of Human Rights: Health and Healthcare (Sociology)
In Search of Human Rights: U.S. Foreign Relations (History)
How Democracies Die: A Political Postmortem (Political Science)
How Democracies Die: A Historical Postmortem (History)
Nature on Exhibit: From Sea Monsters to Sea World (Environmental Studies)
Through the Looking Glass: Business and the Natural Environment (Science and Technology Studies)
Before beginning the program, Core Fellows participate in a workshop on interdisciplinary teaching and active learning at Boston College’s Center for Teaching Excellence.
Information about 2018–2019 fellowships will be available on this website in early November 2017. The application deadline is January 15, 2018.
Required specializations vary from year to year. Candidates should exhibit exceptional interdisciplinary research and teaching skills, display a capacity for originality and innovation, and be open to teaching undergraduate students holistically.
Matthew Berry is the 2017-2018 Visiting Assistant Professor in Political Science and the Boston College Core Fellows Program. A graduate of the Boston College doctoral program, Dr. Berry has written on the subject of equity and the rule of law, as well as on an Aristotelian approach to social justice. He is currently working on a book-length study of conservative and reactionary political thought. He has taught courses on ancient and modern political philosophy, constitutional law, Christian political thought, and the question of justice. Dr. Berry holds a B.A. from Baylor University's University Scholars Program (Class of 2010). He lives in Worcester, Massachusetts, with his wife and two-year-old son.
Office: Carney 221
Jenna Tonn is the 2017-2018 Core Visiting Assistant Professor in Science and Technology Studies. Dr. Tonn received her Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard University and taught in the Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Harvard before arriving at Boston College. Her research centers on the social and cultural history of scientific knowledge, with a specific focus on women and gender in STEM. She is currently working on a book about the gendered social world of nineteenth-century experimental biologists. Her next project is a history of radical feminist biology in the postwar United States. Dr. Tonn also holds a B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University.
Office: Stokes S276
Jesse is from Nashville, Tennessee. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Tennessee before moving to Boston in 2009. Jesse completed his Ph.D. in the Department of History at Boston College in 2016. His research focuses on the intersection of militarization, race, and ideas of sovereignty in the British Empire in the early twentieth century.
Jesse’s book manuscript, The Quest for Security: Race, Sovereignty, and the Defense of the British Empire, 1898-1931, has been supported by Boston College, a year-long fellowship at Yale University’s International Security Studies program, the Smith Richardson World Politics and Statecraft fellowship, the Tobin Project for Sustainable National Security Strategy, and the Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy. He also published the article “‘Grey Dawn’ in the British Pacific: Race, Security, and Colonial Sovereignty on the Eve of World War I,” Britain and the World 9, no. 1 (March 2016), which won the Saki Ruth Dockrill Prize for International History from the Institute for Historical Research (IHR) at the University of London.
Dr. Tumblin has taught courses at Boston College since 2015, including the Modern History Core, electives on both world wars, and a Complex Problems class on environmental issues. Jesse looks forward to adding Core Enduring Questions teaching to that mix, as well as a lab-based course on terrorism. Outside work, Jesse enjoys traveling with his wife and daughter, backpacking, snowboarding, pipe collecting, and exploring New England’s small but burgeoning heavy metal scene.
Office: Stokes S248