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SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program


2014 INSTITUTE AND PRESENTATIONS

Institute for Teaching and Mentoring

October 30 - November 2, 2014
Omni CNN Center
Atlanta, GA


PRESENTATIONS

The Compact for Faculty Diversity: A Mission, a Model



PUBLICATIONS
Closing the Loop

SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program Media Package

A Generation of Success: The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program Celebrates 20 Years

What Will Future Faculty Look Like?

It’s About the Future: Celebrating 600 Graduates

Building a Diverse Faculty

500 Who Are Making a Difference

DSP Newsletters


FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Tammy Wright
Coordinator, Institute and Scholar Services, SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program
404-875-9211

Increasing Faculty Diversity


More than one-third of America's college students are people of color. But the percentages of college and university faculty who are members of racial/ethnic minority groups are only small fractions of the total. Nationwide, about 5 percent of faculty are African-American, about 3 percent are Hispanic and about 1 percent are Native American. The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program is working to change that.

The program’s goal is to produce more minority Ph.D students who seek careers as faculty on college campuses.

The Doctoral Scholars Program provides multiple layers of support including financial assistance, academic/research funding, career counseling and job postings, scholar counseling and advocacy, a scholar directory for networking and recruiting, invitation to the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, and continued early career support.

SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program
5-minute version of this video


Update:  700 Graduates and Counting


SREB formed the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program (DSP) and welcomed its first class of minority doctoral scholars in the fall of 1993. Today, after more than 20 years, the program has exceeded its 700th minority Ph.D. graduate. The goal of the DSP is to increase the number of minority students who earn doctorates and choose to become faculty at colleges and universities. Since its founding, the Doctoral Scholars Program has supported more than 1,200 scholars at 94 institutions in 29 states.

Tamika La Salle, 700th program graduate


While Tamika is still settling in to her new position with the University of Connecticut, she is thankful to have had exposure to women of color in her field as a Doctoral Scholar. “For me it was really great just to be around potential colleagues and peers who appear to be more similar to me,” she said about attending the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring. Tamika earned her Ph.D. in counseling and psychological services from Georgia State University in 2013. After being awarded the Doctoral Award and attending the Institute she made the decision to become a professor. This was a tough decision she said because she hadn’t seen many women of color in her field. The Doctoral Scholars Program’s stipend support as well as emotional support helped Tamika during her Ph.D. program and required internship. “I wouldn’t have been able to complete my internship without the support and the social and emotional support I received, “she said.



Dr. Robert Osgood, 2004 SREB program graduate


Dr. Robert Osgood, a 2004 SREB program graduate, was recently awarded tenure and promotion at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Robert attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he earned a doctorate in biological sciences. He is currently an associate professor of Medical Sciences at RIT.

“I was very excited. To me it seemed like it put a cap on a very long process that I’d been going through,” he said. “From the time I was an undergraduate, I knew I wanted to be a professor and do research. All along the way, there are opportunities for that to be derailed. When you get the decision you’ve gotten tenure and promotion, you’re in a situation where you don’t have to worry about that being taken away from you.”

Robert was awarded an SREB Dissertation Fellowship in 2002. The dissertation award provides assistance to scholars in the last stage of earning their doctorate degrees and allows students to attend the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring. It was at the institute that Robert met recruiters from RIT. They formed a relationship, and although he was still a few years from graduating, he was eventually offered a position with the institution.

With his new title and achievement, Robert teaches two classes a semester. He will be conducting more labs in the future and will be more involved with his department. Beginning next semester, Robert will be developing new courses that have never been taught at RIT.

“I kept expecting to have some type of cosmic experience instead of being happy and relieved; there hasn’t been much of a different feeling. I just step a little higher, because I’m inspired now,” Robert said.



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Dr. Abraham, program director, discusses increasing minority faculty in this interview by Dr. Lamont Flowers, director of the Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education at Clemson University.


 

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