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Mentoring to Diversify and Enhance the Professoriate

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.

“This project has given me the understanding and knowledge I was looking for with respect to both recruiting diverse students and realizing their perceptions of the words and actions of faculty may often be different.“ – John Classen

Doctoral Mentoring Fellow, Biological and Agricultural Engineering

“Through this program I was introduced to multiple impactful studies that have been conducted on the topic of advising graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds. Discussion of these studies brought to light issues that exist at NC State as well as possible approaches to improve the graduate student experience.” – Liara Gonzalez

Doctoral Mentoring Fellow, Clinical Sciences

Program Activities

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 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.