the way to Ph.D.
Fellows get started at Marquette
Adams and Ebony A. Utley joined Marquette’s
faculty as the 2005-06 Mitchem Dissertation Fellows. They
are spending the academic year on campus, working on their
dissertations with faculty mentors and teaching one course
each in their respective disciplines.
Adams earned her master’s
degree in English from Pennsylvania State University. She
graduated magna cum laude from Marquette in 2000 with degrees
and secondary education. In her dissertation titled “As the Spirit Gives
Utterance: The Language and Literacy Practices of Black Women Preachers,” Adams
is exploring the practices of contemporary African-American women preachers.
Utley earned a master’s degree in communication studies from Northwestern
University, where she held a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. She earned her undergraduate
degree in speech communication at Indiana University. In her dissertation titled “God’s
in the ’Hood: Raps Rhetorical Reconstitution of Religious Authority,” Utley
is studying how figures of God function in rap music.
The Mitchem Fellowships
were established to increase the number of minority faculty at the nation’s
colleges and universities by supporting doctoral candidates as they complete
their studies. ”
First Mitchem Fellows Class
In 2002, Marquette established the Arnold L. Mitchem
Dissertation Fellowship Program, intended to increase
the presence of underrepresented ethnic groups in the
professoriate by supporting doctoral candidates in
completing the final academic requirement, the dissertation.