The Byron A. Nichols Fellowship

for Faculty Development



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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 fellows 2023-2026

Image: Angela Commito and Stacie Raucci

Angela Commito & Stacie Raucci

Angela Commito, Senior Lecturer in Classics, and Stacie Raucci, Frank Bailey Professor of Classics, have collaborated on a course project titled, “Ancient Roman Gardening: Cultivating Interdisciplinarity, Community and Well-Being” using historical and interdisciplinary evidence to explore gardening in Ancient Rome.

The students will be building their own pop-up gardens to meet specific campus community needs while engaging with with experts in the larger Schenectady community.

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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.