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Dr. Yael Baldwin Receives ACA Fellowship
Dr. Yael Baldwin, associate professor of psychology at Mars Hill College, is one of eighteen faculty members throughout the region who have received Appalachian College Association (ACA) Faculty Fellowships for research projects related to their disciplines. Baldwin’s fellowship, together with funds from Mars Hill College, will fund a year’s sabbatical. During that time, she intends to complete research and write a book about the art of talk therapy. Baldwin’s research interest centers on talk therapy as a form of treatment to be used instead of, or in conjunction with psychotropic medications. In particular, she focuses on Lacanian psychology, a branch of the discipline that grew from the work of French psychoanalyst Jacque Lacan.
Baldwin said: “I think it’s particularly important in our culture when treatments for mental and emotional issues center on psychotropic medications and other physiological treatments to remind those in the discipline of the importance of talk therapy. So much of what we believe about ourselves and our world is expressed in and shaped by language, and talking through our problems with a trained professional can help us to resolve many of the issues we face in life.”
The Appalachian College Association’s Faculty Fellowship Program is the longest running program of the ACA. The Fellowship Endowment is supported by foundations (notably the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the McCune Foundation and others), member schools, and individual contributions.
To be eligible to apply for and receive a fellowship, applicants must be full-time faculty members at an ACA institution, have held their current teaching position for at least two years, agree to return to their ACA institution to teach for at least twice the term of the fellowship (a minimum of one academic year), and arrange leave time for the fellowship.
Fellowship recipients are selected by the Fellowship Review Committee: graduate school deans (or designees) from the ACA’s Affiliated Research Universities (University of Kentucky, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Tennessee –Knoxville, University of Virginia, West Virginia University, and Virginia Tech) and chief academic officers from ACA schools elected by the ACA Deans’ Council for rotating, three-year terms.