Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.95
Liaison Daryl Pierson
Submission Date June 30, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Portland State University
PA-7: Support for Future Faculty Diversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Molly Bressers
Program & Outreach Coordinator
Campus Sustainability Office
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Does the institution administer and/or participate in a program or programs to help build a diverse faculty that meet the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs that help increase the diversity of higher education faculty:

McNair Scholars Program: http://www.pdx.edu/mcnair-program/about

The Portland State University (PSU) Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program introduces juniors and seniors who are first-generation and low-income, and/or members of under-represented groups to academic research and to effective strategies for getting into and graduating from PhD programs, and works with motivated and talented undergraduates who want to pursue PhDs.

The McNair Scholars Program has academic-year activities and a full-time summer research internship. Scholars take academic and skills-building seminars and workshops during the year, and each scholar works closely with a faculty mentor on original research in the summer. Scholars present their research findings at the McNair Summer Symposium and at other conferences, and are encouraged to publish their papers in the McNair Journal and other scholarly publications.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program was established in 1986 by the U.S. Department of Education and named in honor of Challenger Space Shuttle astronaut Dr. Ronald E. McNair. The program, which has been on campus since 2003, is funded by a $1,155,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education and institutional cost-share funds.

The McNair Scholars Program's student-centered approach relies heavily on faculty and university commitment. Activities and opportunities provided by the program focus on building a positive academic community for the scholars while they are undergraduates at PSU.

Teachers Pathways Program: http://www.pdx.edu/education/pathways
The Teacher Pathways Program was created to provide clear, teaching career pathways and support for culturally diverse students interested in becoming a teacher in the Portland metropolitan area. We are currently recruiting diverse PSU undergraduates, community college students, instructional assistants, and other career-changers who are considering entering the field of teaching.

Program objectives:
Increase and support the pipeline of culturally and linguistically diverse students interested in teaching careers
Cultivate personal, academic, and professional development with a focus on educational equity and social justice
Provide an academic support network and close-knit community of diverse students and educators who share a passion for teaching and social justice equity
Promote academic and professional excellence
Provide mentorship and opportunities to volunteer in classrooms

Program benefits:
Throughout each term there will be a variety of activities and support services available to Teacher Pathways participants, including:

Specialized advising
Tutoring and small group study sessions
Personal leadership and educational justice seminars
Financial literacy and scholarship workshops aid and financial planning workshops
Opportunities to volunteer in K-12 classrooms
Mentoring from teachers in the Portland metropolitan area
Basic Skills Test Prep and assistance with graduate school and scholarship applications
Community service activities

The website URL where more information about the faculty diversity program(s) is available :
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