Candidates should identify a potential mentor and contact this mentor prior to applying to the program to ensure a match between the research interests and goals of the applicant and the potential mentor.
Candidates are evaluated by a panel of faculty reviewers in their own fields and in related fields. Faculty reviewers will evaluate candidates according to their academic accomplishments, the strength of their research proposal, and their potential for faculty careers that will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity through their mentoring, research and service. Faculty reviewers also may consider the mentor's potential to work productively with the candidate and commitment to equity and diversity in higher education. Faculty reviewers will submit their recommendations to both the Office of Faculty Affairs and Diversity, where the final selections will be determined.
In evaluating the candidates' potential to contribute to diversity and equal opportunity through their academic careers, faculty review committees may consider the following criteria:
Applicants are encouraged to address these points in their Education Background Statements.
Applicants who have the potential to contribute to higher education through their understanding of women, domestic minorities, LGBTQ individuals, students with disabilities, and other members of groups underrepresented in higher education careers, as evidenced by life experiences and educational background. Examples include but are not limited to:
Applicants with a record of leadership or significant experience teaching and mentoring students from groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.
Applicants who have demonstrated significant academic achievement by overcoming barriers such as economic, social or educational disadvantage.
Applicants with a record of leadership or significant experience performing public service addressing the needs of our increasingly diverse society.
Applicants are encouraged to address these points in their Research Proposals.
Applicants with the potential to bring to their academic research the critical perspective that comes from their understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education or underserved by academic research generally.
Applicants in any field who have research interests focusing on underserved populations and understanding issues of racial or gender inequalities. For example:
Faculty review committees may give less consideration to applicants who:
Applicants in any of the four situations above should address their circumstances in their application. For example, an applicant who is staying in the same department due to family needs would be given full consideration.
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are welcome to apply.