Virginia Tech is now accepting submissions for its highly popular Future Faculty Diversity Program, scheduled to take place Oct. 2-5.

In 2021, the program drew record numbers of invited fellows — a 51 percent increase over the previous year.

“Despite the challenges of the pandemic, 44 forward-thinking academics who bring diverse perspectives to their disciplines participated in the hybrid three-day event hosted by the Office for Inclusion and Diversity Oct. 3-6, 2021,” said Assistant Provost of Faculty Diversity Erica Cooper.

Of the 150 applicants in 2021, 44 were accepted into the program. The 44 fellows were either advanced doctoral candidates or postdoctoral scholars interested in academic careers. The participants were chosen from a national pool of candidates who applied directly to the program and were assigned to departments according to their fields of study. Specifically, the program is designed to assist departments with identifying and recruiting talent within strategic populations that are historically underrepresented.

The Future Faculty Diversity Program provides a day filled with professional development workshops as well as opportunities to meet college deans, faculty, and students. As part of the experience, participants take part in tours of research facilities organized by various Virginia Tech departments and meet with current faculty to gain a greater awareness of research and teaching opportunities, discuss their career prospects and academic work, and job talk. 

Applications for the fall 2022 Future Faculty Diversity Program will be accepted through Aug. 15. Postdocs in STEM disciplines (engineering, sciences, information technology, and natural resources) and advanced doctoral candidates seeking postdoc positions are strongly encouraged to apply. 

For more information, click here. Colleagues at Virginia Tech are encouraged to invite potential candidates to apply.

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