Hooks Faculty Fellows Program
As with visiting scholars, faculty members at the University of Memphis often seek
opportunities to work for uninterrupted periods on manuscripts and other projects. The two basic needs of faculty members involved in scholarly research are funding
and time. Faculty members seeking funding may use grant funds to pay for graduate assistants,
equipment, or other expenses related to their research. The Fellows Program can also facilitate faculty “opting-out” of teaching for a semester
(which would require payment to departments to replace faculty on sabbatical).
Beverly Bond, Ph.D., is the Director of African and African American Studies and an Associate Professor
in the History Department at the University of Memphis. Her work focused on African
American women in the nineteenth-century urban south. While in residence, Bond authored
an article on Julia Britton Hooks, grandmother of Benjamin L. Hooks and a talented
musician and teacher. Mrs. Hooks championed social and political rights of African
Americans in post-Reconstruction Memphis.
Earnestine Jenkins, Ph.D., then Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Memphis, was a fall
2004 Scholar in Residence. Jenkins prepared her dissertation manuscript, "A Kingly
Craft: Manuscripts, Society, and Ideology in 19th-century Ethiopia," for publication.
In 2008, Jenkins, now an Associate Professor, published her dissertation under the
title A Kingly Craft: Art and Leadership in Ethiopia: A Social History of Art and Visual
Culture in Pre-Modern Africa. (University Press of America,® Inc.)