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.
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.
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.
A major component of the Ph.D. and any postdoctoral career is research. However, some doctoral scholars and graduates find it difficult to secure funding for research projects and publications. Below is a list of research funding opportunities.
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.
The American Physical Society created a detailed diversity hiring and retention plan to assist hiring committees that are seeking to fill faculty vacancies. Even though the organization promotes physical science education, the plan is written so that it can be used by any department.
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.
Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWISE) founder Erika Johnson started the organization to empower black women who have degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math); she moderated a live stream with the Doctoral Scholars Program in July. The aim of the session: provide resources and advice to black women who are seeking careers in academia. Also during the live stream, Dr. Sibrina Collins, director of the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, told her story of finding purpose after being denied tenure.
In June 2016, Dr. Walt Jacobs retired from the Southern Regional Education Board after 20 years of working with SREB’s High Schools That Work and Doctoral Scholars Program. Walt’s commitment to educational attainment and teacher effectiveness has served countless students across ages and education levels well.
Dr. Bob Belle, associate director of the Doctoral Scholars Program is speaking on June 24 at the 22nd Annual SAEOPP McNair Scholars Research Conference. The presentation will highlight ways for undergraduate scholars to receive funding for graduate education.
The presentation and handouts used in the session can be downloaded below.
On March 31 our second twitter chat focused on topics related to the Ph.D. academic job search and featured special guess Dr. Karen Kelsky, contributor to Chronicle Vitae and former tenured professor turned Ph.D. career coach.
Dr. Kelsky shared over a decade of experience in higher education and Ph.D. career coaching as she answered questions related to the job search: CV preparation, interview preparation, the hiring process, search committees and other topics. Transcript of the Twitter Chat >
Abraham contributed to the conversation: “We need more fish in the pool within Ph.D. programs,” he said. “The latest data tells me that the changes we’re trying to make are deep-seated in our system of higher education.”
“The challenge becomes most apparent,” Abraham said, “when breaking down minority doctoral recipients by subfields. The data show only one black doctoral recipient in many subfields, including biophysics, nuclear physics, nuclear engineering, architecture and entomology. Each of those subfields produced at least 100 doctorates.”
“If your department needs a particle physicist,” Abraham said, “your pool of applicants is very limited.”
Partner with StoryCorps to tell your story!
DSP is excited to announce a partnership with StoryCorps. StoryCorps is a national, nonprofit oral history organization that provides individuals with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of their life. DSP wants to share the inspiring and motivational stories of scholars, graduates and Institute attendees. DSP will be working with StoryCorps at the Atlanta History Center to bring to life the stories of graduates who are now teaching in the professoriate. Let us know if you are willing to tell your story!
Doctoral Scholars Association Service Grant Winners
SREB has reinstated the Doctoral Scholars Association Service Grant. The DSA Service Grant Committee awarded two $1,000 service grants to two graduates who manage projects that expose the next generation of scholars to educational opportunities. The winners are:
Jamie Fisher, 2013 SREB DSP program graduate and traveling speech pathologist. Her project, “The Alumni Give Back – A Community Service Project: ACT Scholarship Award Contest” will allow her 2001 high school graduating class the opportunity to discuss their careers with tomorrow’s alumni: current students at Central High School in Louisville, Kentucky. Fisher and her group will also award 25 scholarships for students to take the ACT.
Shawanda Thomas, 2007 SREB DSP program graduate and mathematics instructor at Lawson State Community College in Alabama. Dr. Thomas’ project, Girls IMPACT (Increasing Mathematical Potential Among College-bound Teens), will provide minority girls ages 12 to 16 a six-week opportunity to learn about careers in STEM from women who are working in the industry.
All DSP graduates (excluding the 2016 winners) will be eligible to apply at the beginning of next year. Grant funds were raised from the Pay It Forward campaign.
Don’t Forget Our Services for Scholars and Institute Attendees
SREB DSP Job Search: Search for active job listings by universities and by disciplines. Start your search.
Professional Development Funds: Request funding for conferences and other academic resources. E-mail Tammy Wright for more information.
Scholar Directory: Maintain your profile for recruiters and use the database to find fellow scholars by field and graduation status. Use the Directory.
Be sure to update your scholar profile regularly. Keep your contact and employment information current so that recruiters can contact you and we can continue to provide helpful resources and information.
Dr. Abraham Speaks at the 2016 Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Annual Meeting
Dr. Abraham spoke at the 2016 Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Annual Meeting to create awareness about DSP’s progress in helping to diversify this nation’s faculty. Friend of the Institute, Dr. John Z. Kiss, Professor of Biology and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Mississippi, tweeted these photos of Dr. Abraham presenting at the conference.
2016 DSP Regional Advisory Committee Meeting
Each year, DSP staff meets with state higher education representatives and institutional partners to discuss program outcomes, improvement and state information that may impact the DSP program. The meeting’s purpose is to collaborate with these representatives and partners to serve the scholars better. Pictured below are regional advisory committee members and DSP Staff.
DSP Program Graduate Seeks Participation in Research Survey
Dr. Adeya Powell is conducting research on the impact public encounters have on minority women ages 18 to 35 years old. She is asking those that meet the criteria to take a 25-minute survey to give her data for further research. Take her survey.