Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.57
Liaison Jeff Spoelstra
Submission Date July 22, 2014
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Western Michigan University
PA-7: Support for Future Faculty Diversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Susan Stapleton
Graduate College
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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:

Since 2006, Western Michigan University has partnered with University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University and recently Michigan Tech to form the MI-Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP). The specific objectives of the AGEP program are:
1. Develop and implement innovative models for recruiting, mentoring, and retaining minority students in doctoral programs and
2. Develop effective strategies for identifying and supporting underrepresented minorities who want to pursue academic careers. Activities both at the individual institutions as well as across the alliance are structured to provide on going support.
3. Enhance mentoring and build communities of support for minority students
Examples of this include participation in research symposium, dissertation writing retreats, workshops on project management, grant writing and writing for publication, etc.

AGEP has been refunded by the National Science Foundation through 2017.

Additionally the Graduate College administers the Martin Luther King/Cesar Chavez future faculty fellowship. Martin Luther King/César Chavez/Rosa Parks Future Faculty Fellowship The Martin Luther King/César Chavez/Rosa Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program is designed to increase the number of traditionally underrepresented candidates pursuing a teaching or administrative career in post-secondary education within the United States. KCP Fellowships are available to United States citizens with regular admission to a doctoral program. Preference is not given to applicants on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, gender, or national origin.

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

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