In October 2016, we announced our partnership with the new LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowship, a strategy to diversify the University’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Following a two-year postdoctoral period, the 50 fellows we recruit over the next five years will be prepared for possible direct transition to tenure-track appointments. I am pleased to inform that within the one-month that the application was opened we received 762 applications, and from this strong pool of candidates, this month we invited 13 candidates for campus visits. We invite you to stay engaged and support the recruitment and retention of these scholars who have demonstrated scholarly excellence and sustained commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We believe that this program stands to be a model for departments across the U-M and nationally.
I would also like to bring to your attention the expansion of our Diversity Scholars Network, an interdisciplinary multi-institutional community of scholars dedicated to addressing issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. The NCID supports and connects their shared knowledge by providing opportunities for research and dissemination across the academy and beyond. To be included in this year's cohort of diversity scholars, please complete this form by March 31, 2017.
Finally, I am excited to announce the launch of three new opportunities:
This year, we also introduced a national social media campaign geared towards highlighting and promoting the work of diversity scholars and translating their research to practice. We invite you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to engage with this campaign and learn more about upcoming opportunities.
Tabbye Chavous, PhD
Director, National Center for Institutional Diversity
Professor of Education & Psychology
University of Michigan