Dear Emerging Scholars,
My colleague, Dr. Autumn Reed, and I are presenting a session at the “Women of Color in the Academy: What’s Next?” conference in Delaware, April 29 – May 1, 2016, sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program in Delaware. We were asked to give an interactive presentation on preparing emerging scholars for the academy, based on the work that we’re doing at UMBC, and based on our previous workshops on faculty diversity at conferences such as the regional PROMISE AGEP Research Symposium, the national Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), and the international conference for Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI). In our conversations with the conference planning team, we wanted to be sure that emerging scholars in the academy, e.g., graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, early career faculty, would be invited to the conference — with an opportunity for travel funding. The University of Delaware’s ADVANCE program has made that possible through the University of Delaware’s Department of Philosophy’s Class of 1955 Fund for travel scholarships. Please apply for these funds.
Dr. Reed and I are among the many who are committed to faculty diversity, and we want to make sure that you have information that you need to succeed in the academy. Our session is titled, “Invitation to Engage: Promising Practices for Preparing Women of Color for the STEM Professoriate,” and it is part of the workshop: Demystifying Academia for Post-Docs & Emerging STEM Scholars. The weekend will be filled with 14 sessions, plus panels, keynote speakers, and tremendous opportunities to network. We want you to take advantage of this opportunity, and we will be among those who will be at the conference to welcome you. We have many colleagues in the ADVANCE community, a community of women faculty in STEM, however, this community has acknowledged the need for more outreach to women of color. The National Science Foundation has funded the University of Delaware to have this conference, focused on women of color in STEM, and we are committed to participating in one of the training components. We teach our students, postdocs, and our early-career scholars that it is important to be a member of the community. We want you to know other people in the academy, and they need to know you. Please apply for the travel awards.
Here is the information:
In the section for “Any other comments” at the bottom of the page for the travel application, please note that you are an emerging scholar and that Dr. Reed and Dr. Tull (Session #11) invited you to engage.