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Diversity Scholars Program 2017-2018

The Center for Teaching Excellence announces the 2017-2018 Diversity Scholars Program for interested faculty. The program is offered with funding from the offices of Faculty Development and Academic Affairs in the Provost Office and includes a $3,000 stipend for participants.
Diversity Scholars Program 2017-2018
KU faculty are invited to apply for the 2017-2018 Diversity Scholars Program, which promotes broader faculty adoption of teaching methods, strategies, and course materials that enhance inclusivity and respect for diversity in KU classes.

The application deadline is Friday, August 25. Applications should be submitted through this online link:

More About The Program
The program, led by the Center for Teaching Excellence in consultation with the Office of Diversity & Equity, is a collegial, hands-on, monthly seminar for a small cohort of interested faculty who would like to engage in these topics at a deliberate and self-reflective level. Led by program facilitators Marta Caminero-Santangelo (English), Darren Canady (English), and Shannon Portillo (School of Public Affairs & Administration), faculty in the seminar will work together — through readings, discussion, and the workshopping of ideas — on incorporating greater attention to diversity (broadly defined) and more inclusive practices in their classes. Participants will also discuss department- or unit-specific strategies for working with colleagues in their own areas to promote and facilitate inclusive teaching and mentoring strategies in their departments or units. Every participant will receive a stipend of $3,000 for regular participation in the seminar and for successful implementation of a plan for course redesign and unit-level dissemination.

At the end of the academic year, each participant will have formulated:

  1. A plan for a course redesign incorporating new/enhanced practices, materials, and content that promote inclusivity and respect for diversity, broadly defined (documented by a poster/portfolio after the new iteration of the course has been taught)
  2. A plan for outreach and collaboration activities to foster adoption of similar review and redesign among colleagues in their units

Further, by more systematically embedding inclusive practices, content, and attention to diversity in courses, we hope to improve the retention, progression and academic success of students from underrepresented groups, as well as to increase all our students’ understanding and respect for diversity.
During the first part of the seminar, Fall 2017, participants will engage with readings and discuss best practices and general guidelines. During Spring 2018 participants will design or redesign their target courses according to these guidelines and best practices, and develop plans for dissemination within their home units. By the end of the Spring 2018 semester, each participant is expected to have an actionable course redesign plan (for a course to be taught in AY 2018-2019) and a proposal for action steps to serve as ambassadors/leaders facilitating diversity initiatives within their units. Participants will be expected to prepare a poster (with support from a CTE graduate assistant) detailing their course redesign plans to share with the larger KU community at the Center for Teaching Excellence end-of-year reception in May 2018. At the end of the 2018-2019 academic year, participants will assess the success of their course to incorporate into an online portfolio and provide a brief report on measures taken in home units.

Payment will be in the form of a $3,000 stipend in June 2018, after completion of course and unit plans.
How To Apply
Faculty from any department or program on the KU Lawrence campus (including multi-term lecturers or teaching specialists with an ongoing role in their unit) are eligible to apply. Interested faculty should submit a brief application detailing

  1. their interest in the topic (100 words),
  2. the course they would like to consider in a redesign, and why (100 words), and
  3. possibilities for leading or facilitating subsequent unit-level efforts to diversify teaching (100 words).

Selection priority will be given to applicants who can make the broadest impact and to courses in the KU Core that do not meet Goal 4.
Please include a brief statement from the department chair (two or three sentences) that includes an endorsement of the applicant’s availability to teach the target course in AY 2018-2019, AND a commitment to supporting/facilitating the applicant’s unit-level outreach and collaboration efforts.
Submit applications and chair endorsements at this link by Friday, August 25:
If you have questions about the program, please contact Marta Caminero-Santangelo at, or Center for Teaching Excellence Program Manager Judy Eddy at

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