Ivanov awarded Notre Dame fellowship

October 22, 2018
Andrey Ivanov

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Dr. Andrey Ivanov, assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, was recently awarded a residential fellowship at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Advanced Study. Ivanov is the first faculty member from the UW System to win this award. UW-Platteville is the second university in the history of Wisconsin to send a fellow to the institute.

The fellowship is a combination of individual and collaborative work. As the principal investigator, Ivanov will complete his book project, “A Spiritual Revolution: The Impact of Reformation and Enlightenment in Orthodox Russia 1700-1825.” At the same time, as a fellow and visiting assistant professor, Ivanov joins a collaborative team of visiting and permanent faculty at the University of Notre Dame. These faculty come from such disciplines as quantum physics and engineering, surgery and geriatrics, environmental science, constitutional law, mathematics, theology, English literature, ethics, political science and the philosophy of physics. 

Ivanov noted that the fellowship is a unique professional development opportunity to attain critical skills in pedagogy and scholarship.

“The continued interaction with scholars from very different disciplines has taught me how to make my research more relevant to folks outside the humanities and social science,” said Ivanov. “At the same time, I have learned the value of such collaboration when fellows, from areas as wide as physics and philosophy, invest in each other’s projects. This mutuality creates environments in which new ideas, fresh approaches and rigorous inquiry thrive. We all share the common dedication to higher education and to the success of our students, and therefore, can learn a great deal from each other as teachers.”

Dr. Donald Stelluto, associate director of the NDIAS, noted that fellowships are awarded annually to the top 4 to 7 percent of each annual pool of applicants, with applications submitted from top scholars, scientists and engineers from all academic ranks and from some of the most prestigious international institutions.

Finalists are selected following four stages of evaluation, including external review by some of the best-known scholars in their respective disciplines and fields.

“We are very pleased to have Professor Ivanov as a fellow at the NDIAS this year, and we believe that he will benefit from this fellowship by engaging with a diverse community of scholars from a range of disciplines,” said Stelluto. “It is also our hope that UW-Platteville and the College of Liberal Arts and Education will benefit from new research opportunities offered to Professor Ivanov as well as the enhancement this work will provide to his teaching and scholarship as a member of the UW-Platteville faculty.”

The fellowship is funded, in most part, by a grant from the University of Notre Dame, administered by UW-Platteville’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

“I am very grateful for the guidance and assistance provided through UW-Platteville’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and Academic Affairs, especially Dr. Chanaka Mendis, Will Hoyer and Tammie Engelke, whose guidance and expertise in grant administration made it possible for me to spend the semester in the capacity of the UW-Platteville visiting faculty at Notre Dame,” said Ivanov. “In applying for this grant, I am greatly indebted to my mentors at UW-Platteville’s College of Liberal Arts and Education, particularly Dr. Adam Stanley and Interim Dean Dr. Melissa Gormley.”

“The fellowship Dr. Andrey Ivanov received from the University of Notre Dame is a true reflection of his exceptional record of scholarly and research accomplishments in his field of study,” said Mendis, assistant provost at UW-Platteville. “This prestigious fellowship not only provides Andrey a great opportunity to advance his scholarship but also to interact with other residential fellows from around the world. Andrey is a great example of the talent we have here at UW-Platteville and I’m looking forward to working with him in the years to come.”

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, University Relations Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu, in collaboration with Dr. Andrey Ivanov, Department of History.

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