Doctoral Mentoring Fellows Program
The Doctoral Mentoring Fellows Program, sponsored by Graduate School and the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity, aims to catalyze discussion, develop knowledgeable faculty advocates and spark department initiatives to increase the diversity of doctoral students choosing and successfully embarking on academic careers.
Faculty selected as Doctoral Mentoring Fellows (DMF) participate in a year-long program of reading and discussing topics such as cross-cultural mentoring, the experience of graduate students from underrepresented groups, graduate student socialization and career choice and how faculty advisors affect the experience and options available to graduate students. In addition to becoming more knowledgeable advisors themselves, the Fellows serve as a resource for their departments to develop strategies for diversifying the pipeline to the professoriate in their own disciplines.
The Doctoral Mentoring Fellows are expected to make the following commitments during the year of their participation:
- actively participate in a monthly reading and discussion group from August through April;
- read one to two papers per month for discussion and complete a few associated activities, such as talking with colleagues or attending an optional lecture;
- develop and launch a small initiative to enhance diversity in the graduate pipeline to the professoriate in their department or discipline.
How to Apply
To nominate a faculty member or to apply for the Doctoral Mentoring Fellowship, send the nominee’s CV, including a list of doctoral students and a statement of interest addressing the selection criteria.
Please note that the deadline for this year’s program was August 1, 2017. Contact Dr. Marcia Gumpertz at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Fellows will be selected based on the following criteria:
- active and successful dissertation advising;
- demonstrated interest in intellectual growth outside academic specialty;
- a willingness to serve as a change agent for mentoring and diversifying the graduate population.
2016-17 DMF Projects
- Professional Mentoring of URM Students in the Department of Statistics
- Targeted Recruitment of URM Students to ISE and the Operations Research Program
- Decreasing Health Disparities through Improved Mentoring of College Students
- Assessing the Knowledge and Preparation of Faculty in Agricultural Education and Related Disciplines to Recruit, Retain and Train Diverse Graduate Students
- A Cross-Disciplinary Evaluation of Programs and Activities Designed to Support Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Doctoral Students in U.S. Colleges and Universities
- Handbook Dedicated to the Well-Being of Engineering Graduate Students
2015-16 DMF Projects
- College of Textiles Dissertation Mentoring Workshop
- Evaluate NC State Veterinary Student Advising Experience
- An Evaluation of the Psychometric Properties of an Advising Survey for Medical and Professional Program Students (Kenneth D. Royal, Liara M. Gonzalez)
- Addressing Graduate Student Challenges in Biological and Agricultural Engineering
- Inclusivity in Departmental Strategic Planning and Processes – Computer Science
- Equity in the Ph.D. Experience of Women and Minorities in Engineering
- Doctoral Mentoring in the College of Education: Diversity, Identity and Support