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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholar Fellowship Program

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Scholar Fellowship Program is designed to recruit emerging scholars from a range of disciplines who are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. The program is part of TCU’s wider commitment to promoting inclusive excellence, furthering the university’s goals for a more diverse faculty and inclusive campus. Candidates will be considered whose work will

  • promote innovative ways of involving our diverse student body in an accessible and engaged educational experience;
  • advance new approaches to interdisciplinary research, scholarship or creative work that benefits our diverse communities and addresses complex global problems;
  • contribute to inclusive excellence action research;
  • expand collaborations with community and business partnerships, including those involving traditionally underserved groups.

The DEI Scholar program is funded by the Office of the Provost and administered by the Office of Research. Each fellow receives a competitive annual salary and related benefits and additional support for research and professional development activities. The appointment is for up to two years. Each Fellow will teach no more than one course per semester for the college, and will focus on research and publishing activities that enhance prospects for a future full-time tenure-track faculty appointment.

To be eligible for a DEI Scholar Fellowship, the candidate’s teaching and research expertise should align with expected college needs. Ideally, the candidate would have competency in one or more of the following criteria (the list below is illustrative, not exhaustive):

Engagements with Students that Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

• The potential to contribute to our understanding of the conditions that enhance access and full participation and success of a diverse academic community
• Experience with developing innovations in pedagogy and curriculum to engage a diverse student body
• Experience with mentoring students from groups that have been underrepresented in higher education, in particular African American, Latinx, and Native American students.

Innovations in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities that Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

• Research (including action research) and scholarship that address the needs of a diverse society;
• Artistic expression and cultural production that reflects culturally diverse communities or voices not well represented in the arts and humanities;
• Research that addresses the experiences of groups underrepresented in higher education, including women as well as ethnic minorities in STEM disciplines;
• Potential for collaborations with TCU’s interdisciplinary strengths and programs that serve our diverse students and communities.

Partnerships in Outreach and Service that Advance Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:

• A record of service aimed at expanding educational access, including building or leading bridge and mentoring programs for undergraduate and graduates,
• Experience in serving the needs of local economic, social and cultural needs, as well as populations in our local communities (Black, Native American populations, Mexican descent populations, and immigrants) and
• Broader programs of research concerned with eliminating disparities such as access to health programs, educational advancement, political engagement, social mobility, and civil and human rights.

Over the course of fiscal years 2023-2025, the Office of the Provost will award each college (with the exception of the School of Medicine) one postdoctoral fellowship (three Colleges/Schools per year), each of which are renewable for one additional year. Colleges who are interested in hosting a DEI Scholar must submit a completed DEI Scholar Fellowship Program College Application form to the Associate Provost for Research, Dr. Floyd L. Wormley Jr., at (subject line: TCU DEI Scholar) by June 1st prior to the year in which the college will like to initiate the interview and hiring process.

Download DEI Scholar Fellowship Program College Application Form