Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship

​The Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Program at CMU offers opportunities for professional development and to make substantive contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts by tenured faculty members at the university. The program builds leadership skills to become more effective in their current positions, to have a meaningful impact on diversity, equity, and inclusion policy, and to explore intensively an interest in becoming administrative leaders in the future. Each faculty member selected for the program serves under the mentorship of, and in partnership with, the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer to accomplish one or more mutually defined projects, takes part in a formal diversity and inclusion seminar series, engages with a range of university senior administrators and administrative groups, leads a conference team off campus, and meets regularly together with the Vice President.

The full program description:

2021 CMU Faculty D and I Fellowship Prog Description.pdf

Application for calendar year 2021:

2021 CMU Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Program Application.pdf

Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Recipients:

The second cohort of this fellowship awarded in January 2020:

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"This fellowship has been invaluable in providing the time and space to investigate rural students and their college-going intentions. As CMU continues to center equity and justice, it is critical that we understand all our diverse populations, including geography."


Dr. Anne Hornak brings a commitment to ethics, social justice and gender in higher education to her research and teaching as a member of the faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership. Her project this year is looking at the experiences of rural students and their participation in higher education across the state and here at CMU. Seventy-two percent of the U.S. is considered rural and 18% of K-12 public school students attend a school classified as rural (Crain, 2018). Her project generated data which offered important insights to make teaching, learning, and co-curricular experiences accessible for this important group of students.


Veronica Barone headshot.jpg“This fellowship provided the time for me to focus on better understanding implicit bias and gender. Through this study, I was able to look into approaches taken at other institutions to increase representation for a diversely rich workplace and adapt these approaches to develop a new initiative that fits our needs here at CMU."

As a Physics professor, Dr. Veronica Barone has specialized in electronic structure calculations based on quantum mechanics to study novel materials for sustainable energy. As one of the few women tenured professors of physics nationally, she is interested in the dynamics of gender in STEM faculty careers.


The first two fellowships awarded in January 2019:

Shingles headshot.jpeg"Being a Diversity Fellow allowed me the time, resources, and mentoring to achieve my short-term goal of identifying and beginning to fill in the knowledge, skills and ability gaps in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion.  I still have much to learn, and I now have a better understanding of what I need to do.  By facilitating eight workshops/presentations across campus, I was able to implement what I learned, in so doing contribute to the larger CMU core value of inclusiveness through my work with faculty, staff, and students."  History making Dr. René Revis Shingles, the first African-American woman inducted into the National Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame, and professor in The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, and Faculty Athletic Training Education, applied to the fellowship for the purpose of creating faculty development workshops to help faculty teach DEI content. She first sought to obtain time to develop new knowledge, skills and abilities in the area of diversity, inclusion, equity, and advocacy by working with and being mentored by professionals in the discipline. Secondly, Dr. Shingles aspired to develop, implement and assess a faculty development workshop/module and/or materials to help faculty teach diversity.


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"My time as a diversity fellow provided time to focus on my applied research on intersectional civic engagement pedagogy and to develop working relationships with program coordinators at several higher education associations.  These include the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE), the Kettering Foundation, and the American Political Science Association (APSA)."

Dr. Cherie Strachan is the Assistant Dean for the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, the author of High-Tech Grassroots: The Professionalization of Local Elections among many published articles and book chapters and co-founder of the Consortium for Intercampus SoTL Research. Several of her initiatives from her diversity project are outlined in her 2020 keynote address to the American Political Science Association's Teaching & Learning Conference.