Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowships

The School of Humanities and Sciences introduced the Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowships in 2010 as part of the commitment to diversity and creating dynamic interchanges between faculty at Ithaca College. The fellowships support promising scholars who are committed to diversity in the academy in order to better prepare them for tenure track appointments within liberal arts or comprehensive colleges/universities. Fellows that are chosen show promise for continued achievement as scholars and teachers and an engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy.  Each year, multiple departments representing a range of humanities and sciences apply to host a fellow. Three fellows are chosen each year. Participating departments have included Anthropology, Art History, Communication Studies, Education, English, Economics, Modern Languages and Literatures and Sociology. In addition, the Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity hosts a number of minors that may be attractive for fellows to contribute to such as Asian American Studies, African Diaspora Studies, Latina/o Studies and Native American Studies.

Fellows are welcomed to Ithaca College by their home departments and the Pre-Doctoral Diversity Committee who assists in overseeing the search process and event planning during the year long fellowship. Past events have included a fall welcome celebration, discussion panels with all the fellows, practice job talks and special lectures.  The main responsibility of each fellow is to teach one course per semester and commit to finishing the dissertation and passing the defense by the end of the fellowship. Hosting departments have assisted with peer and professional editing and facilitating with networking at the college. Fellows have developed productive relationships with student groups and clubs, diversity initiatives and faculty in their own field of study and beyond.  

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