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Newcomb Fellows

The Newcomb Institute provides academic and co-curricular programs designed to enhance women’s leadership and gender equity.

Beginning in spring 2020, the Newcomb Institute will be redefining what it means to be a Newcomb Fellow. A brief description of the new structure is below, but we invite you to attend one of the following information sessions about the new Fellows program, where you can meet with Sally Kenney, hear about the revised mission of the Institute, and get a full briefing on the new structure of the Fellows program and opportunities for faculty engagement with Newcomb.

Please RSVP for one of these information sessions to Laura Wolford (

  • January 21 at 4pm, Commons Diboll Gallery
  • January 28 at 8:30am, Commons Diboll Gallery

At the information session, we will provide information about Newcomb Fellows Committees, including an elected Executive Committee.

We look forward to meeting with you and engaging Tulane faculty in a vibrant community dedicated to advancing gender equity.


To apply, fill out this application.  


The Newcomb Fellows is a voluntary association of faculty from all undergraduate colleges of Tulane University. A Newcomb Fellow supports women’s leadership/gender equity and participates in activities of Newcomb Institute that foster faculty-student interaction and research. The Newcomb Fellows program was established by a resolution of the Tulane Board of Administrators in November of 1987. Newcomb Institute administers the Newcomb Fellows program.

A Newcomb Fellow will continue to be a faculty member (full-time, visiting, administrative, post-doc or professor of practice) who supports undergraduates in achieving gender equity at Tulane University. However, we are creating two categories of Fellows:

Core Newcomb Fellows engage in research and/or teaching in one of the following areas:

  • Gender
  • Women’s intersectional political leadership
  • Women and prison
  • Gender-based violence
  • Gender/Women and performance
  • Sexual and reproductive health (especially in Louisiana or Kenya)
  • Women’s literature (especially memoir)
  • Women and technology
  • Women and STEM
  • Women’s history (especially the history of women/gender/feminism in the Gulf South)

Affiliate Newcomb Fellows are faculty members or administrators with a demonstrated interest in gender equity and/or a strong connection to and affiliation with the historic Newcomb College and the Newcomb Institute.

We are asking each prospective fellow to complete a brief online form in which they self-identify which category of Fellow best fits their interests and to identify how they are able to contribute to the mission of the Newcomb Institute.  

Benefits of Being a Newcomb Fellow
  • Access to administrative and programmatic support 
  • Participation in lunches, book discussions, and other community-building events
  • Research funding
  • Support for student research and technology projects and internships
  • Opportunity to book space in the Commons for mission-serving events
Expectations of Newcomb Fellows

Fellows would be expected to identify which of the following activities we might expect them to do:

  • Promote Newcomb Institute events (class announcements, poster sharing)
  • Nominate students for end-of-the-year awards
  • Nominate and encourage students to apply for Newcomb Institute programs and opportunities
  • Serve on a Newcomb Institute committee 
  • Teach a course with gender in mind, or a course in the Scholars program, what we hope will be a Gender-Based Violence certificate program, the leadership track, or the Newcomb Summer Session
  • Attend Newcomb Institute events or programs, such as Fridays at Newcomb
  • Advise a Newcomb Institute student group
  • Work with us to develop and issue a research report (corporate boards, the status of women in New Orleans, women in New Orleans post-Katrina) or other research projects (online journals, etc.)
  • Actively work to identify and bring speakers to campus in partnership with Newcomb Institute
  • Attend Under the Oaks
  • Help the Institute liaise with other campus units
  • Identify new faculty who should become involved with the Institute
  • Nominate faculty for the Distinguished Fellow Award
  • Propose, organize, and put on specialized conferences or symposia


For more information, contact:
Laura Wolford
Assistant Director of Newcomb Institute
Director of Newcomb Research Center