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Diversity Predoctoral Teaching Fellowships

What Are Diversity Predoctoral Teaching Fellowships? 

Through collaborations with teaching partners in the Midwest, COSP Doctoral Scholars can apply for pre-doctoral faculty positions while writing their dissertations (i.e., at the ABD stage). Students can apply for the fellowship at one or all of the fellowship institutions, as long as the institution has courses in the student’s field of study. Predoc Fellows at the UM campuses receive: tuition; health insurance; $25,000 stipend; housing; research/conference travel funding; and a faculty mentor. Fellows are expected to live in the town of the fellowship institution (move there temporarily) and teach one course per semester during the academic year of their award. 

COSP Scholars who are interested in this fellowship for 2021-2022 or later are encouraged to attend the virtual Predoc Info Session on Tuesday, November 3rd from 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. RSVP here!

Where Are Fellowships Offered? 

2020-21 DIVERSITY PRE-DOCTORAL TEACHING FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Application Deadline: February 3, 2021

Program Description

The University of Minnesota-Duluth and the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) are pleased to announce the Diversity Pre-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship Program which provides U of MN doctoral candidates the opportunity to teach, write their dissertation, and be mentored by senior faculty. UMD is committed to diversity and inclusivity, and to expanding diversity in instruction, pedagogies, outreach, and research, as well as among faculty role models. The goal of this program is to support and mentor pre-doctoral students, particularly those who are underrepresented within the ranks of faculty. This program seeks talented, dedicated doctoral students committed to excellence in undergraduate education to serve as fellows for the 2020-2021 academic year: fall 2020 and spring 2021 at UMD. Up to two fellowships will be awarded. Fellows will receive the following:

  • $12,500 stipend per semester
  • health insurance subsidy
  • tuition benefit up to 14 credits per semester
  • 9-month housing allowance (taxable)
  • mentorship by senior faculty
  • travel to a professional meeting or conference

Fellows will teach one course per semester, continue working on their dissertation research and writing, and participate actively in faculty activities including department and collegiate meetings, campus events, etc.  Fellows would typically teach an existing UMD lower division course (commonly taught at many institutions) for the first semester, and one at the upper division level (often related to their dissertation or research interests) for the second semester. For a list of UMD courses, please go to: classinfo.umn.edu. Please make sure to select Duluth as the institution.

Fellows will be mentored by a faculty member in the Fellow’s department. This mentoring will provide useful guidance, advice, and counsel on teaching and learning, creating an inclusive classroom environment, dealing with challenging students, etc. Fellows will also meet periodically with Dr. Cori Bazemore-James, the Fellowship coordinator, to discuss dissertation progress and overall professional development.

We welcome applications from candidates who are interested in teaching in a comprehensive university.  Candidates in all fields are welcome to apply.  Opportunities to co-mentor an undergraduate research student and/or become involved in service learning also exist.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and must be registered in a University of Minnesota Ph.D. program and enrolled in courses offered on the Twin Cities campus. Students taking courses at other UMN campuses are not eligible. All applicants must have ABD status--passed all written and oral preliminary exams and completed all course work at the time of appointment.  Fellows must only be registered for thesis credits or are at the advanced doctoral status (8444), in order to focus on teaching and writing the dissertation. Ideally, fellows should be within two years of completing the dissertation. Individuals from communities underrepresented in academia are strongly encouraged to apply.

About University of Minnesota Duluth

UMD is a primarily undergraduate public university serving approximately 9,000 undergraduate and over 1,000 graduate and professional students. As one of five campuses of the University of Minnesota, UMD is located 160 miles northeast of Minneapolis at the western tip of Lake Superior. The population base of greater Duluth approaches 200,000. The Fellow will join over 500 faculty members engaged in teaching, research, outreach and service activities.

Application Process

To apply, please complete this application form. Additional documents must be attached with the application form describing the following:

  • Your teaching philosophy including how you can contribute to UMD’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity
  • Prior teaching or mentoring experience
  • How participation in this Fellowship Program will contribute to your academic and career goals
  • Identify an existing UMD course you are interested in teaching and a course you are interested in developing, based on your research interests
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing sample
  • Names and contact information of three references

Submit an electronic copy of your application & materials by 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 3, 2021

Submit to:

Dr. Erik Brown, Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education and Research | University of Minnesota Duluth | e-mail: etbrown@d.umn.edu | Tel: 218-726-8891

Finalists will be notified by February 28, 2021.

Questions?

Please contact Dr. Erik Brown, or Dr. Cori Bazemore-James at cbazemor@umn.edu or 612-624-9447.

2021-2021 DIVERSITY PRE-DOCTORAL TEACHING FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Application Deadline: February 3, 2021

Program Description

The University of Minnesota Morris and the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) are pleased to announce the Diversity Pre-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship Program which provides U of MN doctoral candidates the opportunity to teach, write their dissertation, and be mentored by senior faculty. The goal of this program is to support and mentor pre-doctoral students, particularly those who are under-represented within the ranks of faculty. This program seeks talented, dedicated doctoral students committed to excellence in undergraduate education to serve as fellows for the 2021-2022 academic year: fall 2021 and spring 2022 on the University of Minnesota Morris campus. Up to two fellowships will be awarded. Fellows will receive the following:

  • $12,500 stipend per semester
  • health insurance
  • tuition benefits of up to 14 credits per semester
  • complimentary on-campus housing in campus-owned and operated apartment
  • travel to a professional meeting or conference (as possible)

Fellows will teach one course per semester, continue working on their dissertation research and writing, and participate actively in faculty activities including discipline meetings, division meetings, campus events, etc. Fellows would typically teach an existing UMN Morris lower division course (commonly taught at many institutions) for the first semester, and one at the upper division level (often related to their dissertation or research interests) for the second semester. For a list of existing UMN Morris courses, please go to: https://onestop.morris.umn.edu/academics/class-search-resources; choose “search for classes”.

Fellows will be mentored by one of the Morris campus’ outstanding undergraduate instructors. This mentoring will provide useful guidance, advice, and counsel on classroom teaching, syllabus construction, dealing with challenging students, etc. Fellows will also meet periodically with Dr. Cori Bazemore-James, the Fellowship coordinator, to discuss dissertation progress and overall professional development.

We are interested in candidates who could teach in any of our four academic divisions: the Division of Education which includes elementary education, secondary education licensure, and sport management; the Division of the Humanities which includes undergraduate majors in art history; communication, media, and rhetoric; English; French; German studies; music (including jazz studies minor); philosophy; Spanish; studio arts; and theatre arts; the Division of Science and Mathematics which houses biology, chemistry, computer science, data science, environmental science, geology, mathematics, physics, and statistics; the Division of the Social Sciences which includes anthropology; economics; gender, women, and sexuality studies; history; human services; management; political science; psychology; and sociology. The divisions participate actively in interdisciplinary majors or minors in African and Black American studies; environmental studies; Latin American area studies; medieval studies; and Native American and Indigenous studies; sustainability leadership.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and must be registered in a University of Minnesota Ph.D. program and enrolled in courses offered on the Twin Cities campus. Students taking courses at other UMN campuses are not eligible. All applicants must have ABD status--passed all written and oral preliminary exams and completed all course work at the time of appointment. Fellows must only be registered for thesis credits or are at the advanced doctoral status (8444), in order to focus on teaching and writing the dissertation. Ideally, fellows should be within two years of completing the dissertation. Individuals from communities underrepresented in academia are strongly encouraged to apply.

About U of MN-Morris’ Talented, Diverse and Engaged Student Body

A distinctive undergraduate campus within the University of Minnesota system, the University of Minnesota Morris combines a student-centered residential liberal arts education with access to the resources and opportunities of one of the nation's largest universities. A founding member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), UMN Morris provides students with a rigorous academic experience, preparing them to be global citizens who value and pursue intellectual growth, civic engagement, intercultural competence, and environmental stewardship. The student body of nearly 1600 is supported by approximately 130 faculty members with a student/faculty ratio of 13:1. UMN Morris serves one of the most diverse student bodies in Minnesota. Forty percent of UMN Morris students are Native American, persons of color, or of international origin. UMN Morris is the only federally recognized Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution in the Upper Midwest.

Application Process

To apply, please complete this application no later than February 3, 2021. Additional documents (requested within the application) should describe the following:

  • Your teaching philosophy; prior teaching or mentoring experience and how participation in this Fellowship Program will contribute to your academic and career goals; identify a specific course that you are interested in teaching or developing while at UMN Morris
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing sample
  • Names and contact information of three references

Submit application by 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 3, 2021

Submit to:

Dr. Janet Schrunk Ericksen, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean | University of Minnesota, Morris

c/o Robyn VanEps | Email: rvaneps@morris.umn.edu | Phone: (320) 589-6015

Finalists will be notified by February 28, 2021.

Questions?

Please contact Dr. Ericksen (ericksja@morris.umn.edu) or Dr. Cori Bazemore-James at cbazemor@umn.edu or 612-624-9447.

The Augustana College fellowship provides support for a Ph.D. candidate or recent Ph.D. graduate from an underrepresented group (African-American, American Indian, Asian-American, and Chicano/Latino) to experience teaching and research in a liberal arts college environment.

Information and application

Application Deadline: January 30, 2020

Please contact Jessica Schultz, Associate Dean of the College, with questions.