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Newcomb Fellows

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