Great opportunities available for future faculty

i-9dc84d4d9156dccb30d5f62466b4219a-swblocks.jpgTwo recent announcements caught my eye and I thought they might be of interest to some of you. Plus, I'm always pleased to see universities taking seriously the issues career development and training future faculty.

Opportunity 1: Washington State University Summer Doctoral Fellows Program
Opportunity 2: Rochester Institute of Technology's Future Faculty Career Exploration Program

Details below the fold.

Opportunity 1: Washington State University Summer Doctoral Fellows Program

Washington State University invites applications from doctoral candidates who are nearing completion of their graduate degrees and preparing for careers in higher education to attend a six week Summer Doctoral Fellows Program (June 14 to July 25). Applications will be considered in the following colleges: Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Architecture; Liberal Arts; Nursing; Pharmacy; Sciences; and Veterinary Medicine.

The purpose of the program is to provide selected doctoral students with the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors at Washington State University in preparing for academic careers as future faculty members. During the program, Fellows will:
* Work on completing dissertations or dissertation proposals
* Actively engage in seminars on the changing roles and expectations of faculty, the future of the professoriate, the changing nature of higher education, and issues facing faculty of color and women in higher education including the STEM disciplines
* Design individualized programs for enhancing their ability to teach, conduct research, and other scholarship

Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vita, graduate school transcript, three letters of recommendation, and a 3-5 page career goals and research interest statement to the following:

Dr. Howard D. Grimes
Dean, Graduate School
Attn: Summer Doctoral Fellows Program
PO Box 641030
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-1030

Please note that this year some funding will come from an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award to increase representation of women in academic STEM disciplines. STEM candidates should state their interest in being considered for the EXCELinSE Award

The deadline for receipt of applications or a notification of interest has been extended to April 3. The program is designed primarily for U.S. citizens from diverse backgrounds.

For additional information and details of the program, please consult the Summer Doctoral Fellows Program page: or call or write to Joe Merrill at (509) 335-6412 (

Opportunity 2: RIT's Future Faculty Career Exploration Program

FFCEP, RIT's innovative diversity program, is raising the bar for
schools nationwide. ...
Do you know of individuals that fit the following criteria?
Be able to contribute in a meanignful way to the university's
continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individaul
differences. We are especially interested in applications from people
of color who are underrepresented in teaching professions, i.e.,
African-American, Latin American, American Indian or Alaskan Native.
Within one to two years of completing Ph.D. , MFA, or Post Doc
Desire academic teaching career at an exceptional teaching institution
Receiving degrees in disciplines offered at RIT; i.e., math, sciences,
engineering, technologies, business, etc. complete list of programs

liberal arts, fine art, computing sciences

Demonstrate potential to fill open and/or anticipated vacancies
Able to travel to Rochester, NY September 23-27, 2009


The annual FFCEP is one of a series of recruitment strategies designed
to build relationships and fuel the future pipeline of faculty. The
FFCEP program is a unique and exciting opportunity to explore
potential career choices through exploratory interviews,
presentations, meetings with deans, department heads, and RIT
president, as well as campus and community tours. The program allows
RIT deans to engage prospects in discussions about their academic work
and career interests. It also allows faculty to share RIT's teaching
and research agenda and to dialog on current open faculty positions or
those that may be available in the near future.

For more information and applications visit our website at:

Please direct any email correspondence to or
telephone number 585-475-5775.

RIT is committed to creating a climate that fosters the success of
every student and employee by appreciating the unique contributions
that each person makes to the educational process based on their
ethnic, cultural and gender-related knowledge and experiences.

RIT has made aggressive moves to increase faculty diversity raising
the bar for schools nationwide. In fact, NY State is calling this
initiative the "RIT Model." RIT understands that it takes commitment
from leadership on down, dedication, and leadership operating in a
reasoned way to improve our diversity goals. For the past five hiring
seasons, 30 percent of RIT's new faculty hires have been from
underrepresented minority groups.


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