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Undergraduate and Faculty Fellows Program for a Diverse Professoriate

Summit in August 2016

Panel discussion at the first Fellows Program Summit in August 2016.

Creating a more diverse educational experience

The ACM and the Big Ten Academic Alliance have embarked on a seven-year initiative to address barriers to faculty diversity in the humanities, humanistic social sciences, and arts, especially in the context of liberal arts colleges.

ACM and Big Ten logos

Supported by an $8.1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Undergraduate and Faculty Fellows Program for a Diverse Professoriate will create new structures for collaboration between undergraduate and graduate programs at the 14 liberal arts colleges in the ACM and 15 research universities — the Big Ten Academic Alliance (comprised of the 14 member institutions of the Big Ten Conference) and the University of Chicago.

The Fellows Program has three main components to support the program's broad goal of expanding participation by underrepresented groups in the career pipeline from college student to liberal arts college professor.

Christopher Lee delivering the keynote address at the Fellows Program Hiring and Diversity Workshop in October 2015.

  • Graduate School Exploration Fellowship (GSEF) — The fellowships provide a robust set of mentoring, career development, and experiential research opportunities to about 280 students at ACM colleges.
  • Mellon Faculty Fellowships — Tenure-track faculty fellowship appointments at ACM campuses for 30 new scholars with terminal master's or doctoral degrees, preferably from the participating universities.
  • Meetings, workshops, and summits — Discussion and knowledge-sharing about academic settings that foster a diverse faculty and hiring and promoting to diversify the professoriate.

Learn more about the Fellows Program

For more information, contact:

  • ACM Vice President and Director, Faculty Development and Grant Programs, Brian Williams (312.561.5922), or
  • ACM Liaison for the Fellows Program to Diversify the Professoriate Lilly Lavner, (312.561.5921).