WOOSTER: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the College of Wooster a $1.1 million grant to support four new, interdisciplinary tenure-track faculty.

The grant will provide bridge funding to hire and support interdisciplinary scholars in anticipation of expected retirements in the arts, humanities, and non-quantitative social sciences. Two will be hired to start in the fall of 2019, and two the following year.

The liberal arts college already offers interdisciplinary majors in a number of fields, including neuroscience; biochemistry and molecular biology; women’s, gender and sexuality studies; urban studies; and Africana studies.

“This funding provides a crucial opportunity to accelerate both our development of new areas of inquiry and the realization of our commitments to increasing the diversity of our faculty,” Wooster President Sarah R. Bolton said in a prepared statement. “This grant will provide the bridge that allows us to build capacity and interest in new programs while supporting existing majors.”

Groups of faculty have been invited to develop proposals for the first two new interdisciplinary lines for review by the college’s educational policy committee this fall.