Appel Fellowship

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Overview

The Appels established the Robert and Helen Appel Fellowships for Humanists and Social Scientists in the College of Arts & Sciences in 1995. The Appel Fellowships enable newly tenured associate professors to take a semester's sabbatical leave, at full salary, to write, develop new courses, conduct research or otherwise enrich their teaching and scholarship. The fellowships not only recognize and reward faculty excellence, but also help retain the best faculty to ensure the university's ongoing strengths in teaching and research. Some of the university's most prominent professors carry the designation "Appel Fellow" and bring distinction to Cornell through the extraordinary quality of their professional work both in and out of the classroom.

About Robert & Helen Appel

Bob and Helen Appel are among Cornell University’s most influential leaders and generous benefactors.

An economics major in the College of Arts & Sciences with an MBA from Wharton, Bob retired in 2002 from a 33-year career at Neuberger Berman, a global investment and securities brokerage firm. At Cornell, he is an emeritus trustee and presidential councillor, vice chair of the Weill Cornell Medical College Board of Overseers, and member of the Principal Gifts Committee; he has also served on the advisory council for the Johnson Museum of Art and has chaired the Class of 1953 Major Gifts Committee. During his tenure as a trustee, Bob served on the Executive Committee and chaired the Investment Committee. Outside of Cornell, Bob is the chair of the board of Jazz at Lincoln Center and a trustee at NY Presbyterian Hospital and Lincoln Center, and has provided leadership for the Cancer Research Institute and the 92nd Street Y.

Helen was a history major in the College of Arts & Sciences and received her masters degree in history from Long Island University. She taught social studies in the Great Neck school system for 30 years and currently teaches world and American history in the district’s adult program. She also teaches history in the Continuing Education Program at Hunter College. At Cornell, Helen is a presidential councillor and an emeritus member of the advisory council for the College of Arts & Sciences. She was a member of the advisory council for the Johnson Museum of Art, and with Bob, she was the national co-chair of the Tower Club. Helen is on the board of trustees for the Hunter College Foundation and the New York Historical Society.

Recipients

2016-17

  • Roger Moseley, music
  • Lori Khatchadorian, Near Eastern studies

2015-16

  • Sarah Murray, linguistics

2014-15

  • Pedro Erber, Romance studies
  • Sarah Kreps, government

2013-14

  • Jenny C. Mann, English

2012-13

  • Thomas Pepinsky, government

2011-12

  • Lawrence McCrea, Asian studies
  • Nick Salvato, performing and media arts
  • Alison Van Dyke, performing and media arts
  • Dagmawi Woubshet, English

2010-11

  • Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, English
  • John Hale, linguistics

2009-10

  • Jason Frank, government
  • Aaron Sachs, history

2008-09

  • Andrew Chignell, philosophy
  • Francesca Molinari, economics
  • Samantha Zacher, English

2007-08

  • Karen Bennett, philosophy
  • Laurent Dubreuil, Romance studies
  • Durba Ghosh, history
  • Masha Raskolnikov, English

2006-07

  • Eric Rebillard, classics and history
  • T. Robert Travers, history

2005-06

  • Tracy McNulty, comparative literature
  • Cynthia Robinson, history of art

2004-05

  • Xak Bjerken, music
  • Bruno Bosteels, Romance studies
  • Kim Weeden, sociology

2003-04

  • Mary Pat Brady, English
  • José Edmundo Paz-Soldán, Romance studies

2002-03

  • Charles Brittain, classics
  • Ted O'Donoghue, economics
  • Amy Villarejo, performing and media arts
  • David Yearsley, music

2001-02

  • Michael Spivey, psychology

2000-01

  • Stephen Hilgartner, science & technology studies
  • Viranjini Munasinghe, anthropology

1999-00

  • Ellis Hanson, English
  • Natalie Melas, comparative literature

1997-98

  • Jane Fajans, anthropology
  • Andrew Galloway, English

1996-97

  • Abigail Cohn, linguistics
  • Molly Diesing, linguistics

1995-96

  • Maureen McCoy, English