Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship
The Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Program within the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (OIDEI) offers tenured faculty members opportunities for professional development, in addition to making substantive contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at the university. These efforts include improving leadership skills; increasing effectiveness in their current positions through enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion; and making a meaningful impact on diversity, equity, and inclusion policy.
Each Faculty Fellow will serve under the mentorship of the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer (VP/CDO) to accomplish one or more mutually defined projects, take part in a formal diversity and inclusion professional development series, attend a DEI-focused conference, and participate in the OIDEI Diversity Symposium. Additional tasks and initiatives will be assigned as needed. Time and resources will be provided to support Faculty Fellows and ensure their completion of the program.
Dr. Andrea D. Jasper|Third Fellowship Recipient|Awarded January 2021
Dr. Andrea D. Jasper demonstrates a commitment to excellence, diversity, and inclusion in her leadership, research, teaching, and service. Her project will focus on teacher candidate diversity in the Educator Preparation Program at CMU. Dr. Jasper will investigate factors and strategies (e.g., student behaviors, university practices and procedures, college program policies, state certification policies and procedures) that may be helpful in increasing the number of students from historically underrepresented groups in Educator Preparation Programs.
“This fellowship has enabled me to gain knowledge and experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues at an institutional level. Particularly, the mentoring, time, and resources helped me broaden my understanding of DEI issues impacting CMU and higher education, in general. As a result, I am better equipped to engage in critical discourse and make meaningful contributions related to issues of DEI in my department and college.” — Dr. Jasper
Dr. Anne Hornak | Second Fellowship Cohort | Awarded January 2020
Dr. Anne Hornak, professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Leadership, and Higher Education, 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 Counseling, Educational Leadership, and Higher Education. 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 that offered important insights to make teaching, learning, and co-curricular experiences accessible for this important group of students.
"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. Hornak
Dr. Veronica Barone | Second Fellowship Cohort | Awarded January 2020
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.
“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." — Dr. Barone
Dr. René Revis Shingles | First Fellowship Cohort | Awarded January 2019
Dr. René Revis Shingles, the first African-American woman inducted into the National Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame, and professor of athletic training in The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, 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.
"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 CMU's core value of inclusiveness." — Dr. Revis Shingles
Dr. Cherie Strachan | First Fellowship Cohort | Awarded January 2019
Dr. Cherie Strachan, former CMU professor of political science, is 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 were outlined in her 2020 keynote address to the American Political Science Association's Teaching & Learning Conference.
"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. Strachan
Purpose of the program
- Increase faculty members' awareness of the complexity of the equity, access, and inclusion issues facing higher education.
- Increase faculty members’ understanding of the nature of diversity and inclusion administrative operations at CMU.
- Develop faculty members who demonstrate the potential to become effective diversity and inclusion administrative leaders.
- Create a pathway for faculty members to provide "independent, professional, collegial support and assistance" and input to advance the best interests of CMU.
- Provide faculty members with opportunities to observe and participate in a variety of decision-making processes and learning opportunities.
- Directly support the mission and continued evolution of CMU as a high-quality university committed to inclusive excellence.
- Enhance research and collaboration, and leverage expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion across pedagogy and praxis.
- Support recruitment and retention efforts and initiatives at CMU.
Description of the program
Qualifications of applicants
Duration of fellowship appointment
Reassigned time for fellows
Activities and expectations for Fellowship Recipients
Fellowship Recipients should maintain notes with their reflections and experiences to share with the VP/CDO during progress meetings and as a point of reference for the OIDEI end of the year report. Fellowship Recipients will be expected to provide a final report which will include a description of the completed project(s), a reflection, and an evaluation of the experience of the year. In addition to working throughout the academic year to complete projected initiatives, Fellowship Recipients will, in regular consultation with both their mentors and the VP/CDO, develop comprehensive plans for meetings in which to participate during the year. The Fellowship Recipients will be expected to attend and take part in meetings chaired by the VP/CDO, such as the University Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, the VP/CDO's advisory council, as well as other units and projects reporting to them.
Application and selection process
Interested faculty members must complete the 2023 Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Application Form and provide additional documents, as requested. All applicants will be expected to describe their interests and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Additionally, applicants are required to describe their leadership skills, how this fellowship appointment will support their long-term career goals and identify a potential project that will meet a particular area of need in diversity, equity, and inclusion specific to CMU’s campus.
Completed applications, with the required signatures and documents, must be submitted by May 24, 2023 before 5:00PM EST. Late applications will not be accepted.