The Henderson-Harris Fellowship Program honors the memory of George Washington Henderson and Andrew Harris. George Washington Henderson was one of the first African American students elected to Phi Beta Kappa and to graduate from the University of Vermont (class of 1877). Andrew Harris was not only the very first African American graduate of the University of Vermont (class of 1838), but he was also the first African American college graduate in the United States to champion the abolition of slavery and to demand full equality for people of color.  The Henderson-Harris Fellowship Program, offered in cooperation with academic departments, sponsors post-doctoral scholars who can help to advance UVM’s research and teaching goals and assist in reaching identified diversity goals, especially with respect to the specific academic curricula.

"In some very important respects, this fellowship extended and deepened my graduate a fellow I had many opportunities to become involved in undergraduate teaching and life, which provided valuable hands-on training for the tenure track position I would eventually assume."

- Luis A. Vivanco, Ph.D., Henderson Fellow (1997-1999), UVM Professor of Anthropology

Below is list of the past UVM Henderson Fellows.

  • Nancy Gauvin

    Nancy Marie Gauvin

    Nancy Marie Gauvin (August 1, 2016 - August 1, 2018) is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders. Dr. Gauvin comes to the University of Vermont with a plethora of specialty experience in various areas within the speech and language profession. She has international experience providing accent modification therapy to clients from various countries of the world. In addition, she has a professional history of working on a craniofacial team for over four years and has been an invited lead lecturer to Managua, Nicaragua for 'Operation Smile' to address her specialty area of craniofacial anomalies, cleft lip and palate. Dr. Gauvin has experience working with prosthodontists to create unique and individualized obturator appliances for craniofacial and cleft palate patients who are no longer candidates for surgical intervention. Her research interest includes the supervisory process and its impact on graduate students from culturally diverse populations. On the heels of completing her dissertation, Dr. Gauvin is presently conducting research to address the supervisory process as it relates to cultural diversity and graduate students.

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"The Fellowship gave me a wonderful opportunity at UVM to experience faculty life and finish writing my dissertation.  I found many opportunities to be involved and meet some wonderful people both on and off-campus."

- Sherwood Smith, Ph.D. Henderson Fellow (1995-1996), Senior Executive Director, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The fellowship program is administered through the Division of Faculty Affairs. It is one of many initiatives and opportunities for the professional advancement of UVM faculty. Questions about the Henderson-Harris Fellowship Program should be emailed to Vice Provost Jane Okech.