Doctoral Scholars Program

Overview

SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program

The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program is pleased to announce that the 28th Institute on Teaching and Mentoring has been rescheduled as a virtual event February 24-26, 2022. Full announcement >

Increasing Faculty Diversity

More than one-third of America’s college students are people of color. But racial and ethnic minorities make up only small fractions of college faculty. 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 goal: more minority Ph.D. students who seek
careers as faculty on college campuses 

The Doctoral Scholars Program provides multiple layers of support — not only financial assistance and research funding, but also career counseling, job postings and a scholar directory for networking and recruiting. Mentoring and advocacy for scholars is crucial, and support continues into early careers as graduates become faculty members. And each fall, a thousand scholars and young faculty members convene to learn and support one another at the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring.

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More than 1,100 Graduates and Counting

The goal of the Doctoral Scholars Program is to increase the number of minority students who earn doctorates and choose to become faculty at colleges and universities. Since its founding in 1993, the program has supported more than 1,800 scholars who have attended 107 institutions in more than 30 states.

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SREB Doctoral Scholars Program founding director to receive lifetime achievement award

Image of Dr. Ansley AbrahamAnsley Abraham, the founding director of SREB’s acclaimed program to increase the number of underrepresented Ph.D. graduates and college faculty of color, will be awarded the 2021 Arthur A. Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award will be given by the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity during the association’s 47th Annual National Conference and Awards Ceremony in October.

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Dr. Armon Perry

Student Debt & Faculty Diversity
SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program Webinar Series

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In this webinar, SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program alumni discussed why addressing the student debt crisis is a key component of diversifying the graduate school pipeline and ultimately diversifying the professoriate, as well as thoughts on how systemic policy change can help address this issue.

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Faculty diversity doesn’t match student demographics, reports show

ATLANTA — The rates of Black, Hispanic and other underrepresented college faculty members are not keeping pace with the changing student demographics in many states, according to the Southern Regional Education Board’s 16 new state profiles and regional data on faculty diversity.
 
Only about 9.2% of full- and part-time faculty members were Black and 5.1% were Hispanic at public four-year institutions in the 16-state SREB region in 2017-18, the latest year with federal data available.
 

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Dr. Torrie Cropps

Mentoring 101: Navigating Academia
SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program Webinar Series

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Mentorship serves as a crucial support for students as they navigate graduate school and enter the professoriate. But understanding how to build a strong mentor/mentee relationship isn’t always easy. Featuring former SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program Faculty Mentor of the Year award winners in conversation with their mentees, this webinar featured advice on how to get the most out of a mentoring relationship from both perspectives.

Publication February 20213 pages

Student Debt Stifles Faculty Diversity
Comparing Debt Burdens in SREB's Doctoral Scholars Program and Nationwide

Student debt disproportionately affects students of color and could contribute to a lack of diversity among college faculty. The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program aims to reduce this barrier by providing financial support for its participants. This brief presents findings from a survey of Doctoral Scholar Program alumni compared with data collected from a national survey to provide insight on the impact of program participation on student debt burden. 

Publication January 202112 pages
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Now Is the Time to Focus on Faculty Diversity

The reckoning with racial injustice across the United States offers an important opportunity for state leaders and universities to address the lack of diversity among college faculty and increase their commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. This report offers four recommendations for increasing faculty diversity based on SREB’s 30 years of research and work with this issue.

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Dr. Christopher Whitt

The Future of Faculty Diversity (Part 2): Faculty Retention
SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program Webinar Series

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In this webinar, SREB-DSP alumni from across the higher education spectrum discussed the importance of faculty diversity and shared thoughts on how institutions can better retain diverse graduate students and faculty.

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Dr. Kent Smith

The Future of Faculty Diversity (Part 1): Graduate Student & Faculty Recruitment
SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program Webinar Series

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In this webinar, panelists from across the higher education spectrum discussed the importance of faculty diversity and shared thoughts on how institutions can better recruit diverse graduate students and faculty.

Blog post Chinasa Elue, Ph.D., Guest BloggerSREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program Graduate

The Impact of Microaggressions on Health and Job Satisfaction

An occasional series from the Doctoral Scholars Program on postsecondary topics

Dr. Chinasa Elue The multiple pandemics of 2020 have systematically forced us to engage in critical conversations around race, injustice and the pervasive nature of inequalities across all sectors of society. As these dialogues have unfolded, several organizations have stepped forward with statements decrying racism and social injustice on their websites and social media outlets.

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Dr. Loretta Neal McGregor

Moms of Color in Academia – Navigating Grad School
SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program Webinar Series

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This conversation-oriented panel brought together former SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program graduates to share their experiences and advice on navigating graduate school and academia as a mom of color. Panelists discussed a variety of topics including how to advocate for resources as a new mom, how to address childcare challenges, resources to seek out within your institution, how to build a supportive network/community, and how to juggle school and life.

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Transitioning to a Faculty Role
SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program Webinar Series

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Transitioning from doctoral student to professor can be both exciting and challenging. In this webinar, SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program alumni discussed their experiences navigating the transition into the professoriate. The panelists also provided advice on how to adjust to your new role, continue to grow your professional skills and balance service and academic commitments.

Blog post Robin Phelps-Ward, Ed.D., Guest BloggerSREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program Graduate

Pedagogical Strategies for Inclusive and Trauma-Informed Teaching

An occasional series from the Doctoral Scholars Program on postsecondary topics.

Dr. Robin Phelps-Ward As educators continue in the 2020-2021 year during a time of racial unrest, a national presidential election, and the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, many are wondering how to adapt their teaching practices in response. The current climate has been traumatic for those who are navigating loss, grief, and profound changes of all sorts. As educators we must respond to this in inclusive ways that support students’ well-being.

Blog post Shani Collins Woods, Ph.D., Guest BloggerSREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program graduate

Self-Care and Your Success in Graduate School

An occasional series from the Doctoral Scholars Program on postsecondary topics.

Dr. Shani Collins Woods How do you honor your mind, body and spirit? Do you even think it’s important?

From 2007-2014 I was a full-time doctoral student in social work at the University of Alabama. The program involved writing an annotated bibliography, writing and defending an integrative paper, taking comprehensive exams, and writing and defending a dissertation. My life was consumed with this and travel between my home state of Mississippi and my surrogate city and state, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I made little time for self-care. I would leave Tuscaloosa on a Friday and return either Sunday evening or leave at 5:30 a.m. on Monday morning. I missed my family, friends, and the comforts of my Mississippi Delta home life. My home was my outlet.

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Dr. Abraham’s 2020 Giving Campaign appeal

Dr. Abraham’s 2020 Giving Campaign appeal

Dr. Ansley Abraham, director of the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program, makes an appeal for donations to the 2020 Giving Campaign, which provides developmental support for minority doctoral scholars and graduates.

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Dr. Abraham DSP update – 4-6-2020

Dr. Abraham DSP update – 4-6-2020

Dr. Ansley Abraham, director of the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program, shares a weekly DSP update and words of congratulations to three SREB scholars who successfully defended their dissertations.

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Dr. Levon Esters

Purdue University Faculty Member Wins National Faculty of the Year Award

Levon T. Esters, an associate professor of agricultural sciences education and communication, was awarded one of six national Faculty Mentor of the Year awards at the 26th annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring in October in Atlanta, Georgia. The Institute is the nation’s largest annual gathering of underrepresented Ph.D. students and college faculty members of color.

Blog post Dr. Ansley Abraham, DirectorSREB State-Doctoral Scholars Program

Fixing the Pipeline of Possibility

A recent Atlantic article, “The Disciplines Where No Black People Earn Ph.D.s,” is eye-opening for its title alone. “In 2017,” author Adam Harris says, “there were more than a dozen fields” — largely within STEM — “in which not a single doctoral degree was awarded to a black person anywhere in the United States.”

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Dr. Brian Walton

‘I almost wasn’t’: Ph.D. graduates, experts urge self-care

A critical topic that often gets overlooked in the drive to earn a Ph.D.: taking care of yourself.

The issue was on full, courageous display at the 2018 Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, the nation’s largest gathering of underrepresented Ph.D. students and graduates of color. At the banquet celebrating the previous year’s newly minted graduates, many spoke of their emotional and health struggles during their long journey to the doctorate.

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Sloan Foundation’s Elizabeth Boylan Honored with Frank Abbott Award

Dr. Elizabeth S. Boylan receives Frank Abbott Award.

Elizabeth S. Boylan, director of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s programs on STEM higher education, was honored with the 2018 Frank Abbott Award at the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring in October in Arlington, Virginia.

Since joining Sloan in 2011, Dr. Boylan has been responsible for the attendance of more than 1,000 Sloan scholars at the Institute and leads the design of a number of sessions at the event.

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University of Arkansas Faculty Member Wins National Mentor of the Year Award

Dr. Ana Julia Bridges (center) wins  Faculty Mentor of the Year award. Ana Julia Bridges, an associate professor in the University of Arkansas department of psychological science, was awarded one of two national Faculty Mentor of the Year awards at the 25th annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring in October in Arlington, Virginia. The Institute is the nation’s largest annual gathering of underrepresented Ph.D. students and college faculty members of color.

Blog post Dr. Robert (Bob) Belle, Associate Director, SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program
Dr. Robert (Bob) Belle poses for a photo behind a microphone.

Reflecting on 25 years
of the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring

As one of only three people who have attended every Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, Dr. Robert (Bob) Belle, the longtime associate director of the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program, reflects on the Institute’s growth and importance, marking the 25th year of the conference.

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Shortages and Support
SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program graduates paying it forward

A photo of Dr. Lorrie Frasure-Yokley with the quote, "Fundamentally, all these achievements came from someone investing in me."

 

For Dr. Lorrie Frasure-Yokley, a graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park, the SREB program “paid for my tuition and fees, allowing me the freedom to join several research projects” rather than to work as a teaching assistant. She is the first woman of color to attain a tenure-track position and to earn tenure in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Giving Back
SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program graduates paying it forward

Photo of Dr. Fashaad Crawford, with quote, "I’m trying to communicate the value of going back  into the local, rural schools. That’s the full circle.”

 

Former SREB scholar Dr. Fashaad Crawford is the associate vice provost for assessment and accreditation at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Crawford aids in the planning process for new academic programming and oversees the university’s regional accreditation and assessment of student learning processes. Throughout his career, he has worked to promote greater access and retention for faculty and students from underrepresented origins. 

Publication October 201816 pages18E04

Changing the face of college faculty
25 Years of Increasing Faculty Diversity

SREB’s Doctoral Scholars Program is marking its 25th year of service to the South and the nation, having helped nearly 1,000 underrepresented students of color graduate with a Ph.D. Another 400 doctoral students are now working on a Ph.D. through the program. Nearly three out of four graduates of the program are teaching in college classrooms, in 43 states and counting. Despite this progress, the situation remains dire. Major shortages of faculty members of color persist, as many older professors retire and the nation’s student demographics continue to shift substantially.

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DSP Graduate Featured on PBS NewsHour Segment

DSP Graduate Featured on PBS NewsHour Segment

Congratulations to SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program graduate Dr. Lorrie Frasure-Yokley, an associate professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her work as a faculty mentor was highlighted in a PBS NewsHour special series. The interview with Dr. Frasure-Yokley appears in the weekly Making the Grade series segment. ”How faculty mentors can help first-generation students succeed.” 

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It’s All About Community
An interview with Ansley Abraham

What’s the best advice to propel a doctoral candidate toward a successful completion of their Ph.D. goal? According to Dr. Ansley Abraham, director of the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program, it boils down to connecting with “people who are vested in your success.” 

Dr. Abraham has been doling out that advice to doctoral students for over 25 years. In the article below, originally published on the blog – Grad | Logic: Navigating the Ups and Downs of Graduate School, Dr. Abraham shared some of his wisdom in an interview with Dr. Chris Golde.

Blog post Ansley Abraham, Director, SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program
Group photo: attendees of the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring

Why supporting doctoral students of color is more important than ever

Twenty-five years ago, the South was graduating so few Ph.D. students of color that, in some fields, the annual number of graduates could fit into the same car.

Fortunately that has changed, but not enough to graduate all the scholars of color we need.

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Science and Engineering for Social Good

Dr. Bob Belle, associate director of the Doctoral Scholars Program, will present during the Science and Engineering for Social Good conference, hosted by the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE) February 9-11, 2018 at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The conference, presented in partnership with Georgia Tech, Stony Brook University and The SUNY Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), will feature content of interest to faculty, future faculty, staff and administrators.

For more information please contact Kyle Simmons, NCSCE’s faculty development events manager, at 202-276-2343 or kyle.ncsce@gmail.com or visit the NCSCE conference site.

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My Mother Proved It Was Possible

My Mother Proved It Was Possible
The daughter of a DSP grad shares how her mother inspired her

In summer 2016, six pairs of SREB Doctoral Scholars entered the StoryCorps Atlanta booth to talk about their experiences as minority Ph.D. scholars and graduates in higher education. One pair discussed their struggles with isolationism and impostor syndrome; another spoke of the impact their research has had on their development not just as students, but as individuals who care deeply about the people they are serving. Nanette, a DSP graduate, sat down with her daughter Alyssa to share their experiences with mentorship. Dr.

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Fewer than 1 in 10 professors are someone of color
The SREB DSP addresses the issue of faculty diversity in new video

Today, a third of students entering American universities are minorities, yet among the faculty fewer than 1 in 10 is someone of color. Who stands at the front of the room matters.

The SREB DSP looks to address the issue of faculty diversity on college campuses by increasing graduates, supporting public service projects of graduates and acknowledging the research interest of DSP scholars.

See how the SREB DSP is helping states meet this need. 

Fewer than 1 in 10 professors are someone of color

Publication June 20171 page

SREB Goal for College Attainment
Helping States Meet Their Needs

This handout shows the impact the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program has on states in the areas of increasing graduates, public service and research. It also addresses the ways the SREB DSP leverages state and higher education institutional partnerships to increase faculty diversity in the region’s college and universities. 

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Blog post Chanell Turner
Charlie Reed and Dave Spence

“He Always Said What Needed to Be Said…”

Chanell Turner, Publications and Programming Assistant for the Doctoral Scholars Program, talks with former SREB President Mark Musick as he remembers former SREB Vice Chair Charlie Reed’s impact on the Doctoral Scholars Program and his passion for education.

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20 Tips to Survive Graduate School

The Ph.D. journey is full of twists and turns that are easier to navigate with guidance from those who have already walked the path. We asked DSP scholars and Institute attendees to submit graduate school survival tips for those who are still on the journey. 

Set goals and balance your time

1. Begin with the end in mind. Have a sense of where you want to be when you graduate and  take steps to make sure you are properly prepared when you reach that goal.

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2016 Institute on Teaching and Mentoring Recap

Dr. Archie Taylor inspired more than 1,000 faculty, scholars, friends and family in Tampa, Florida, at last October’s Institute on Teaching and Mentoring: “Increase your expectation for excellence and decrease your comfort zone.” He along with 34 other graduates from institutions across the country stepped up to the podium to discuss their journeys to the Ph.D. 

Dr. Archie Taylor poses with Dr. Ansley Abraham

2016 Institute Quick Stats

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Shawanda Thomas

Two DSP grads prepare a generation of potential Ph.D. Scholars

In January 2016, the Doctoral Scholars Program staff re-established the DSP Service Grant. The $2,000 grant, supported by donations from program graduates and constituents, funds two service projects that are submitted by program graduates and helps graduates expand the educational experiences of the next generation of K-12 and undergraduate students. 

Dr. Jamie Fisher

2013 DSP Program Graduate
Vanderbilt University
Speech Language Pathology

Jamie Fisher

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Awards, Tenure and Promotions
DSP graduates making waves in the academy

Edward A. Brown accepted a full-time position with Potomac State College in West Virginia as an activities program manager with the student life division. Dr. Edward A. Brown

Dr. Brown plans and implements social and educational activities students and creates opportunities for student involvement at the college. He also oversees Student Union operations, works with student organizations and serves as advisor to the Student Government Association. 

Publication June 2016 6 pages

Partner, Support, Prepare and Recruit
Four Steps Forward To A More Diverse College Faculty

In the past two years, black, Hispanic, Native American and Asian Pacific/Islander students accounted for about one-third of all college enrollments in the United States. However, the proportion of faculty who represent these groups at public four-year institutions is less than 10 percent. 

This publication provides four actions policymakers and educational leaders can take to increase faculty diversity on college campuses in their states. 

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Publication October 2015 | 16 pages | 15E10Chanell Turner, Bob Belle and Ansley Abraham

22nd Annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring
Exploring New Research Frontiers for Future Generations

The 22nd Institute on Teaching and Mentoring publication highlighted the research projects of 16 previous Institute attendees and how their contributions to the fields of biology, sociology, disease prevention, management and many others are impacting the global community. Each scholar is affiliated with the Institute’s partner organizations: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholars Program.

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What is your mentoring style?
How one DSP grad found her mentoring method

Carrie Eaton is an associate professor of mathematics at Unity College in Unity, Maine. Eaton teaches interdisciplinary mathematics and mathematics pedagogy to undergraduate students. Along with her teaching load, she developed a professional development program at the University of Tennessee to improve teaching practices in undergraduate classrooms.

Eaton shares her experience and advice for those establishing their mentorship style.

Q. How did mentoring impact your doctoral program experience?

Publication June 201512 pagesAnsley Abraham

Leading the Class
From Ph.D. Graduate to Tenured Faculty

The SREB Doctoral Scholars Program is excited to celebrate a new milestone. Over a 100 of the program’s graduates are tenured faculty at universities across the nation. This publication features eight and includes a list all 106 of the who are making a difference at their universities and in their communities.

Publication June 20152 pagesAnsley Abraham

The SREB Doctoral Scholars Program
New Institutional Partnerships

The SREB Doctoral Scholars Program (DSP) has long partnered with SREB-region states to provide services that help minority scholars attain doctorates. Currently, as a result of the success of this model, institutions in and outside of the region are requesting to partner with the DSP, independent of state support. The program is now involved in an effort to work with these entities to continue to serve exceptional scholars.

Publication July 20148 pagesAnsley Abraham

Closing the Loop

For 21 years, SREB states have supported the nationally recognized SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program. The program has produced more than 700 Ph.D.s and supports more than 350 matriculating doctoral candidates.

Publication June 201316 pagesAnsley Abraham

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

This brochure celebrates the success of the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program on its 20th anniversary and describes the continuing need for — and contributions made by — minority faculty on the nation’s college campuses. It includes a timeline of program milestones, highlights the accomplishments of many program graduates, and looks at the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring (also celebrating its 20th year).

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Publication July 201016 pagesAnsley Abraham

500 Who Are Making a Difference

This brochure outlines achievements of the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program and profiles the first, 230th and 500th graduates of the program, which won the prestigious John Hope Franklin Award from Diverse magazine. It also includes a list of all graduates from 451 to 500.

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Publication June 20124 pagesAnsley Abraham

It’s About the Future
Celebrating 600 Graduates

The goal: Diversify the faculty of colleges and universities in SREB states. The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program increases the number of minority scholars who earn Ph.D.s and become faculty members. This year the program celebrates its 600th scholar-graduate. That’s 600 new faces qualified to lead in campus classrooms, labs and administrative offices.

Publication October 201216 pagesAnsley Abraham

What Will Future Faculty Look Like?

This brochure describes the growth and success of the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program since its founding in 1993 and outlines the need for — and contributions made by — minority faculty on the nation’s college campuses. It also features insights from several program graduates and a by-state list of program participants who recently received their Ph.D.s.

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