Four Faculty Members win Whiting Foundation Grants

The College has awarded grants from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation to four faculty members for the 2005-06 academic year.

The recipient of a Whiting Teaching Fellowship for the full academic year is Adam Serfass, Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Classics and IPHS. Serfass, who joined the Kenyon faculty in 2002, plans to revise a book manuscript based on his doctoral dissertation, "Treasures on Earth: Church Finances from Constantine to Justinian."

Whiting Research Grants were awarded to Katherine Hedeen and Victor Rodríguez-Núñez, both assistant professors of Spanish.

Hedeen, who came to Kenyon in 2001, plans to study the intersection of ethnicity and gender in contemporary women's writing from the Spanish Caribbean: Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.

Rodríguez-Núñez, who joined the faculty in 2001, will travel to Cuba and the University of Texas to pursue his study of the Cuban poet Fayad Jamís.

Kristen Van Ausdall, assistant professor of art history, received a Whiting Summer Stipend.

Van Ausdall, who also won a Whiting Research Grant in 2003, plans to travel to Italy to study a monument in the church of Sant'Ambrogio in Florence sculpted by Mino da Fiesole. She also plans to begin research on a book about Eucharist theology that she is coauthoring with renowned scholar Gary Macy.

The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, based in New York, supports the humanities and creative writing. Kenyon professors have received fellowships and grants from the foundation under a program established in 2001 to help advance the careers of outstanding junior faculty members.