Towson University’s Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Fellows (DIFF) program will support
the actualization of the University’s vision for diversity and inclusion by providing
selected faculty members of various rank with opportunities to infuse diversity and
inclusion into existing curriculum, create models to improve classroom dynamics in
support of social justice, or identify strategies to enhance institutional practices.
Program outcomes will serve as evidence of the Division of Academic Affairs’ commitment
to Towson University’s 2020 Strategic Plan priority to be a model for campus diversity
TU’s Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Fellows program provides support for TU faculty
who are interested in developing or redesigning courses for major or core curriculum,
curricular practices to support inclusive classroom environments, research and teaching
projects, pedagogy and research toolkits, scholar-practitioner collaborations, and/or
building collaborations to enhance diversity and inclusion.
Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Fellow Expectations:
- Attend monthly workshops during the academic year of 2020-2021
- Implement the newly developed Diversity initiative in the spring of 2021
- Showcase project at TU's annual January Teaching Conference in 2022
- Assess and evaluate the project
- Participate in DIFF networking gatherings and provide informal mentorship to future
fellows for an academic year following fellowship, as available
- Act as resource for the Office of the Provost as available
Selected Faculty Fellows will be awarded a $1,500 stipend or a course release for
their participation in the program. If multiple faculty members are involved in the
project, the stipend will be split among the faculty members. In addition, Fellows
or each team of Fellows will have an opportunity to apply for an additional $750 to
support the implementation of their project.
Submit a proposal
The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, April 10, 2020 at 5 p.m EST. All applicants
will be notified by Monday, April 20, 2020. Submit a proposal electronically.
Please note: The FY20 Cohort has been selected.
Note: Electronic submission of materials is preferred. Hard copy submissions (PDF) or other forms of submission may be delivered to Jasmine Nance (jnance AT_TOWSON) in the Office of the Provost.
Selection of Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Fellows will be made by the Diversity
Faculty Fellows Review/Advisory Committee.
Selected Fellows will be invited to participate in a one-on-one meeting to discuss
their needs and expectations as a participant of the Diversity and Inclusion Faculty
Fellows Program after selection.
Questions? Contact Shaunna Payne Gold, Assistant Provost for Diversity & Inclusion.
Diversity Faculty Fellows Review/Advisory Committee
||Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
|Shaunna Payne Gold
||Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Vice Provost, Office of the Provost
||College of Business and Economics and Business Communications
|Marcia (Marci) Vandiver
||Assistant Professor, Elementary Education
Areas of Focus
All TU faculty, including lecturers, adjuncts, and clinical faculty in any discipline
are eligible to apply for this program. Proposals must be for pedagogy, service, research,
and/or innovative collaborations between scholarship and practice as noted below:
I. Develop Curricular Practices to Support Inclusive and Diverse Classroom Environments
Examples include developing assignments, methods of universal design, and other techniques
in the classroom that guide students towards adopting an analytical framework for
understanding and valuing difference and inclusion.
II. Develop and/or Redesign Courses for Major or Core Curriculum
Examples include developing departmental courses that add to students’ understanding
of the experiences of others. These courses might be added as part of a major or the
III. Support Scholarly Engagement
Examples include innovative research from any discipline.
IV. Develop scholar-practitioner collaborations
Examples include partnering with other faculty (of any rank) or staff on diversity
and inclusion research, faculty and on-campus practitioners partnering to study, observe
and apply programs, serving diverse populations. Community engagement and workshop
facilitation is welcomed.
V. Create Opportunities for On-Going Mentorship
Examples include projects that sustain long-term relationships related to diversity
and inclusion. Mentoring might be related to student and faculty retention, curriculum
development supporting inclusive and diverse classroom, the tenure process, and other
VI. Identify Areas of Potential Collaboration to Enhance Diversity and Inclusion
Examples include assisting with collaborations and initiatives across departments
and across campus and/or proposing and organizing conferences or speakers.
Previous Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Fellows
Want to Learn more?
Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Fellows Program
For more information on the program, contact Shaunna Payne Gold, Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion.