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Provost's Search Committee Tutorial: A Primer

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5. Expanding Trusted Networks


Search committee chairs at UVa indicate that trusted networks of colleagues are usually the best source for potential candidates (Fraser, 2007b). But, as search expert Caroline Turner says, “people of color are [often] overlooked because they are not part of the primary networks of senior faculty and administrators” (Turner, p. 9). Building long-term connections with potential faculty candidates outside normal networks is a very important piece of active recruitment and can help expand those networks.

There are a number of highly selective awards and graduate fellowship programs at quality institutions across the country that identify gifted women and people of color. Since the level of review for these fellowships and awards is high, and is provided by trusted faculty peers, one can trust that the recipients of these fellowships and awards are highly competent—and highly sought after—and would be ideal people to expand our networks.

The University of Virginia has not traditionally recruited Native Americans/American Indians, nor have Native Americans seen UVa as a place where they want to pursue their academic careers. That is even more reason to reach out to potential faculty members in this group. There are a number of graduate fellowship programs for American Indians/Native Americans, including the two noted below.

Here are some examples of programs and awards which could provide UVa faculty with contacts for expanding recruitment networks.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) program identifies outstanding mentoring efforts/programs designed to enhance the participation of groups underrepresented in science, mathematics and engineering.

Awardees are usually highly respected well-funded members of the professoriate who mentor top graduate students—perfect contacts for departments wishing to expand their pool of potential candidates for current or possible future positions.

To find a list of recent awardees go to http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5473, scroll down and click on the link “Abstracts of Recent Awards Made Through This Program.” This list will give the principle investigator name and institution. Links on these pages are to other NSF grants received by these awardees.

Accenture American Indian Graduate Scholarship. This program selects “the very brightest American Indian and Alaska Native students seeking degrees and careers in all fields of study including high technology and business fields.” This scholarship is funded by Accenture and administered by AIGC (American Indian Graduate Center).

For more information on AIGC graduate fellowships go to http://www.aigcs.org/02scholarships/scholarships.htm; check the menu on the left. The direct link for the Accenture scholarship is http://www.aigcs.org/02scholarships/accenture/accenture.htm

The Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships seek to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. To facilitate this goal the Fellowship grants awards at the Predoctoral, Dissertation and, Postdoctoral levels to students who demonstrate excellence, a commitment to diversity and a desire to enter the professoriate” (National Academies, 2007b).

Ford Foundation Fellowships are awarded in the following fields: Education, Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences; History; Philosophy; Life Sciences; Psychology; Language/Literature/Humanities and Social Sciences.

The URL for the Ford Fellows home page is: http://www7.nationalacademies.org/fordfellowships/. The URL for the directory is: http://nrc58.nas.edu/FordFellowDirect/Main/Main.aspx “This directory contains information on Ford Foundation Postdoctoral fellowship recipients awarded since 1980 and Ford Foundation Predoctoral and Dissertation fellowship recipients awarded since 1986. The directory was created to serve as a resource for university officials seeking to diversify their faculty, minority students looking for mentors and role models, and scholars interested in establishing collaborative projects” (National Academies, 2007b).

“The Meyerhoff Fellows Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), focuses on promoting cultural diversity in the biomedical sciences at the graduate level. Funded by an NIH - MBRS - Initiative for Minority Student Development (IMSD) grant, students are supported while receiving their Ph.D. in one of the following areas: Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Chemistry-Biology Interface, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular and Cell Biology, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, Psychology, and Toxicology” (The Meyerhoff Fellowship Program, 2007a).

The URL for the Meyerhoff homepage is http://www.umbc.edu/meyerhoff/Graduate/. Profiles of current students are available at http://www.umbc.edu/meyerhoff/graduate/current_students.html

“This scholarship is not just cutting-edge, it is truly discipline-shaping. Meyerhoff Scholars helped to solve all three of the AIDS virus’s structural proteins identified in the HHMI [Howard Hughes Medical Institute] lab” (The Meyerhoff Fellowship Program, 2007d).

UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski notes that “the Meyerhoff Program…focuses on highly able…students who aspire to become leading research scientists and engineers…..The Meyerhoff Program’s success is built on the premise that, among like-minded students who work closely together, positive energy is contagious. By assembling such a high concentration of high-achieving minority students in a tightly knit learning community, students continually inspire one another to do more and better” (The Meyerhoff Fellowship Program, 2007c).

Contact information for the Meyerhoff program:

Justine M. Johnson
Assistant Director
Meyerhoff Graduate Fellows Program
HHMI at UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
410-455-3124, Fax: 410-455-1174
www.umbc.edu/meyerhoff/Graduate

Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Postdoc Programs. “SACNAS sustains a vibrant and active community of postdoctoral scientists. Resources and initiatives of the SACNAS Postdoc Programs aim to assist members to flourish during the transition from student to professional researcher, educator, administrator and/or policy leader” (SACNAS). http://www.sacnas.org/postdocs.cfm

Summer Research Internship Program (SRIP) The University of Virginia School of Medicine offers summer research internship opportunities to qualified undergraduates who are considering a possible career in biomedical research. The program targets, but is not limited to, racially and ethnically diverse students in their junior and senior college undergraduate years….The goals of the program are to expose undergraduate students to laboratory research, to familiarize them with the opportunities that exist for careers in biomedical research….The Summer Research Internship Program provides an outstanding environment to learn first hand about a career in biomedical research….Many…former SRIP participants have matriculated into M.D./Ph.D. and Ph.D. programs, including several at UVa (Summer Research Internship Program, 2007).

A past SRIP participant and UVa graduate student in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Genetics, commented “The SRIP program was a great program in that it exposed me to the many other types of research being conducted here at the university. All of the interactions that I had with faculty and students were positive and that played a major role in why I chose to come here for graduate school” (Maki, 2006).

A list of all people who have participated in SRIP since 1993 is available at http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/gpo/srip/roster.cfm

IGERT and AGEP programs, funded by the National Science Foundation “focus on diversifying the graduate student population and provide cutting-edge graduate education” (NSF ADVANCE, University of Washington).

“The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program seeks to train scientists and engineers to address the global questions of the future. Through the use of innovative curricula and internships, and by focusing on problem-centered training, these programs give their graduates the edge needed to become leaders in their chosen fields....we seek to increase the participation of underrepresented groups, including women and minorities, in doctorate programs in the engineering, science and mathematics fields, by helping Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and their constituencies tap into a bountiful resource opportunity” (IGERT 2007a).

A searchable list of all IGERT PhD programs can be found at http://www.igert.org/

“The Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) seeks to join together universities and colleges in the common mission of increasing the number of underrepresented minority students earning Ph.D. and positioning them to become leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields” Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, 200.
A list of AGEP programs, searchable by institution, alliance or region can be found at http://www.agep.us/programs.asp
A list of AGEP students can be found at http://www.agep.us/profiles.asp

There are many other similar resources available in particular disciplines; here are a few examples:

Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships for Minority Students maintained by GraduatingEngineer.com . A long list available at http://www.graduatingengineer.com/gradschools/articles/minority.html

The American Anthropological Association awards one $10,000 Minority Dissertation Fellowship a year. The annual award is intended to encourage members of ethnic minorities to complete doctoral degrees in anthropology, thereby increasing diversity in the discipline and/or promoting research on issues of concern among minority populations.

The URL is http://www.aaanet.org/cmtes/minority/Minfellow.cfm

A list of past fellows is available at http://www.aaanet.org/cmtes/minority/pastfellows.cfm

 

References

The Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP). 2007a. AGEP programs. Retrieved on February 1, 2008 from http://www.agep.us/programs.asp

The Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP). 2007b. Home. Retrieved on February 1, 2008 from http://www.agep.us/index.asp

The Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP). 2007c. Student profiles. Retrieved on February 1, 2008 from http://www.agep.us/profiles.asp

American Indian Graduate Center. Accenture American Indian Graduate Scholarship. Retrieved on February 5, 2008 from http://www.aigcs.org/02scholarships/accenture/accenture.htm

American Indian Graduate Center. Graduate fellowships. Retrieved on February 5, 2008 from http://www.aigcs.org/02scholarships/scholarships.htm

Dreifus, G. 2007. Goal No. 1: good science. Goal No. 1: Diversity: A conversation with Michael F. Summers. The New York Times. March 13, 2007. Retrieved on March 25, 2007 from http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/13/science/13conv.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT). 2007a. Home page. Retrieved on February 1, 2008 from http://www.igert.org/

The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT). 2007b. List of programs. Retrieved on February 1, 2008 from http://www.igert.org/

Krebs, P.M. and M.J. LaBare. 2004. Exploring strategies for hiring and retaining minority faculty. Presentation at 5th Biennial Diversity and Learning Conference, Association of American Colleges and Universities, October 21-23, Nashville, TN.

Maki, M. 2006. SRIP aims for long term diversity in the SOM. Research News, Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, University of Virginia. Retrieved on February 2, 2008 from http://oscar.virginia.edu/researchnews/x7848.xml

Mannix, M. 2002. Facing the problem. American Society for Engineering Education Prism, 12 (2): 18-24. Retrieved on February 27, 2008 from http://www.prism-magazine.org/oct02/facingproblem.cfm

The Meyerhoff Fellowship Program. 2007a. The Meyerhoff Graduate Program: Biomedical fellows. University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Retrieved on January 14, 2008 from http://www.umbc.edu/meyerhoff/Graduate/

The Meyerhoff Fellowship Program. 2007b. Meet the students. University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Retrieved on January 14, 2008 from http://www.umbc.edu/meyerhoff/graduate/current_students.html

The Meyerhoff Fellowship Program. 2007c. Meyerhoff model: Succeeding together. University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Retrieved on January 14, 2008 from http://www.umbc.edu/meyerhoff/the_meyerhoff_model.html

The Meyerhoff Fellowship Program. 2007d. Results. University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Retrieved on January 14, 2008 from http://www.umbc.edu/meyerhoff/program_results.html

National Academies. 2007a. Directory of Ford Foundation Fellows. Retrieved on February 1, 2008 from http://nrc58.nas.edu/FordFellowDirect/Main/Main.aspx

National Academies. 2007b. Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships home page. Retrieved on February 1, 2008 from http://www7.nationalacademies.org/fordfellowships/

NSF ADVANCE, University of Washington. 2007. Faculty hiring: Diversity and excellence go hand-in-hand. Center for Institutional Change. Retrieved on January 23, 2008 from http://www.engr.washington.edu/advance/resources/Diversity-and-Excellence.pdf

Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). 2008. Postdoc programs. Retrieved on February 8, 2008 from http://www.sacnas.org/postdocs.cfm

Summer Research Internship Program (SRIP). 2007. About the Summer Research Internship Program. University of Virginia. Retrieved on February 2, 2008 from http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/gpo/srip/program.cfm

Turner, C.S.V. 2003. Diversifying the faculty: A guidebook for search committees. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges and Universities.

 

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