The Byron A. Nichols Fellowship 

For faculty development


“The Nichols Fund has captured the imagination of the College and created an ever-increasing opportunity for growth and development among faculty and students. Nichols Fellows come from a cross-section of disciplines, and each has developed an exciting course that fosters curiosity, engagement, and ethical inquiry in a rigorous and compassionate classroom setting, just as Professor Nichols did for 40 years.” 

- Strom Thacker, Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Union College

About Fellowship

From Byron

How to Apply

Current Fellow

Past Recipients


About Fellowship

The Byron A. Nichols Fellowship for Faculty Development:

During a teaching career spanning 40 years at Union College (1968-2008), Professor of Political Science Emeritus Byron Nichols taught students how to think by making them think. He promoted and engaged in meaningful intellectual, social and personal interactions with students both in and out of the classroom, helping them to recognize and actualize their potential for growth in all aspects of their lives. His approach to the development of students was always rigorous, intellectual, humanistic and compassionate.

In honor of Byron’s distinguished career, Susan Mullaney Maycock ’72 and her husband Alan Maycock, former Professor of Chemistry at Union, established The Byron A. Nichols Fellowship for Faculty Development with a generous lead gift and support from over 100 of Byron’s former students, colleagues, and friends. The rotating 2-3 year fellowship supports faculty members who are committed to broadening their teaching and mentoring skills by undertaking activities that contribute to the intellectual, social, and personal development of students. Consideration for the fellowship is given to recently promoted associate professors who demonstrate a commitment to Union’s academic community, to developing students, and to fostering positive change within the College. An advisory committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to the Dean of the Faculty who makes the final selection.

How to Apply

This fellowship is supported through the generosity of alumni and friends of the College. Its objective is to support Union College faculty in developing programs and skills that enhance intellectual, social, and personal interactions with students

Nichols fellow 2020-2022

Nicole Theodosiou

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and
Co-Director of Biochemistry

Prof. Theodosiou’s project, “Electric City Cottage: A Mobile Cross-Disciplinary Platform for Science Communication,” brings together science, engineering, theater, dance and technical design. It will team students, faculty and community youth to create a mobile learning center during a summer mini-term, develop a course on science communication that integrates these many disciplines, and deliver creative learning modules to urban and rural areas in need.


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Become a Sponsor

With a lead gift from Susan and Alan Maycock and gifts and pledges from more than 100 of Byron Nichols’s friends, colleagues and former students, approximately $830,000 has been raised to date to celebrate Byron’s legacy at Union College. Please consider a gift to help us achieve our goal of $1 million in order to endow the fellowship fund in perpetuity and to continue to honor Byron’s passion for engaging students in discussion and debate on important issues of our time.