Diversity Leadership Fellowship

Call for Applications

The Diversity Leadership Fellowship serves as an entry point for leadership development in three areas: 1) ADVANCE Institutional Transformation, 2) Faculty Diversity and 3) Future Faculty Initiatives. We seek individuals who bring expertise and possess a commitment to institutional progress in the areas outlined. Applicants who have not held leadership positions previously or have not benefited from mentorship toward leadership are especially encouraged to apply. Diversity Leadership Fellows will serve as thought leaders, partnering with division staff to execute the aims outlined. The anticipated time commitment is 5 hours per week.


ADVANCE Institutional Transformation

The NSF ADVANCE program aims to support a more diverse and capable science and engineering workforce with a focus on evidence-based systemic change strategies to improve gender, racial, and ethnic equity in academic workplaces and the academic profession. Research indicates that the marginal participation and advancement of women in STEM is often a function of external systemic factors unrelated to their ability, interest and technical skills, such as organizational culture and climate. This fellowship will be focused on translating best practices from peer ADVANCE institutions to support institutional transformation at Rutgers – New Brunswick.


Faculty Diversity

Research on the experiences of faculty of color nationwide often paint an alarming picture of isolation and frustration in predominately white institutions. Despite significant financial investment, many institutions serve as a revolving door through which faculty of color circulate. This fellowship will be focused on the institutionalization of support for faculty diversity at Rutgers University – New Brunswick, promoting community and intellectual connection as well as avenues for collaboration that support the success of all faculty, but particularly faculty of color.


Future Faculty Initiatives

Women and historically underrepresented minorities continue to be underrepresented among the faculty. Efforts to increase faculty diversity require enhancing support for future faculty to support their retention, timely graduation and transition into the academy. This fellowship will be focused on developing future faculty initiatives to support graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at Rutgers University – New Brunswick as well as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at peer institutions who could be our future faculty.


The Diversity Leadership Fellowship is a one-year leadership development program in the Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement that provides mentorship to support advancement in key areas of institutional need. Fellows will work closely with Vice Chancellor Enobong (Anna) Branch to execute the aims of their fellowship. Fellows will receive a stipend (and/or research funds) or partial teaching release as well as travel support to attend a higher education conference for professional development.


Applicant Criteria: 

Applicants must be senior faculty. Preference will be given to applicants who have expertise in the fellowship area and can demonstrate a prior commitment to supporting institutional efforts in the areas outlined at Rutgers or elsewhere. Applicants who have not held leadership positions previously or have not benefited from mentorship toward leadership are especially encouraged to apply.


Apply by December 15:

Please send a letter of interest to diversity@rutgers.edu, attach your C.V., and the names of 2 professional references; nominations are also encouraged. Please send the name, email address, and C.V. of the person you are nominating as well as a brief rationale for why they would be ideal to serve.