Aila K O'Loughlin is the recipient of a 2022 Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowship

Aila K O'Loughlin

Aila K O'Loughlin
Year: 2022-2023
North Hennepin Community College Faculty
PhD Candidate Philosophy, University of Minnesota

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce and congratulate Aila K O'Loughlin who is the recipient of a 2022 Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowship. Aila is a faculty member of North Hennepin Community College and a first year PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy. 

"Siida from Minneapolis to Sápmi and back: Place-based Teaching and Learning Indigenous Kinship Ethics in the Discipline of Philosophy" 

Aila received their PhD in Education (Culture and Teaching) from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, a Master's of Teaching (Urban Education and Social Justice) from the University of San Francisco, and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Aila has also been an active and engaged participant in our summer program Lives Worth Living: Questions of Self, Vocation, and Community and Catching Lives Worth Living: Participation in the Growth of a Living-Learning Community

“ACLS is proud to have led this singular program, which has supported exceptional faculty working at community colleges across the country,” said ACLS President Joy Connolly. “The commitment of these fellows to bringing vibrant humanistic inquiry into the undergraduate classroom is exemplary, and we look forward to drawing on their experience and expertise as we develop new opportunities to support scholars in the humanities and interpretive social sciences.

The Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowship program offers faculty teaching at two-year colleges support for research projects in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. Launched in 2018 with the support of the Mellon Foundation, this four-year initiative has recognized the vital and diverse contributions of more than one hundred community college faculty to humanistic research and teaching.

The Mellon Foundation is the nation's largest supporter of the arts and humanities. Mellon believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity, and that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence, and freedom to be found there. Through its grants, Mellon seeks to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive. The Foundation makes grants in four core program areas: Arts and Culture; Higher Learning; Humanities in Place; and Public Knowledge.

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