Mentoring to Diversify and Enhance the Professoriate
The aims of this program are 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) will 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 will 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, 2015-16 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 of underrepresented background. Discussion of these studies brought to light issues that exist at NCSU as well as possible approaches to improve the graduate student experience.”Liara Gonzalez, 2015-16 Fellow, Clinical Sciences.
2016-17 Doctoral Mentoring Fellows
- Belinda Akpa, Molecular Biomedical Sciences
- John Begeny, Psychology
- Jackie Bruce, Agricultural and Human Sciences
- Howard Bondell, Statistics
- Gina Fernandez, Horticultural Science
- April Fogleman, Food Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences
- Maria Mayorga, Industrial and Systems Engineering
- Stacy Nelson, Forestry and Environmental Sciences
- Richard Spontak, Chamical and Biomolecular Engineering
Activities of the DMF Program
- Actively participate in a monthly reading and discussion group from August 2017 through April 2018.
- 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.
2016-17 Schedule of Topics
- August: Call to action – Why are we here?
- September: People and Environment: Graduate student experiences.
- October: Projects: Brainstorming and tools for making change
- November: Unconscious bias and stereotype threat
- January: Projects: Informal progress reports and discussion
- February: Why focus on faculty advisors
- March: Diversifying the professoriate
- April: Member projects, final reports
How to Apply
DMF Selection 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 PhD experience of women and minorities in Engineering
- Doctoral Mentoring in the College of Education: Diversity, Identity and Support
The Doctoral Mentoring Fellows Program is sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity.