Diversity & Inclusion Faculty Fellows Program

This program provides 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 Overview

Towson University’s Diversity & 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, create scholarly knowledge that supports equity, access, and inclusion or identify strategies to enhance institutional practices. Program outcomes will serve as evidence of the Division of Academic Affairs’ commitment to Towson University’s  2020-2030 Strategic Plan: Leadership for the Public Good and the Diversity Strategic Plan: A More Inclusive TU: Advancing Equity and Diversity (2020–25).

TU’s DIFF 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 2022-2023 
  • Implement the newly developed Diversity initiative in the spring of 2023. 
  • Showcase project at TU’s annual January Educators Summit or other approved conference in 2024.  
  • Assess and evaluate the project. 
  • Participate in DIFF networking gatherings and provide informal mentorship to future DIFFs for an academic year following fellowship, as available. 
  • Act as a 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.

Our Fellows and their projects represent multiple disciplines and a range of scholarly interests.

2021-2022 Diversity Faculty Fellows (PDF)

call for proposal 2022-2023

Call For Proposal

Note: Electronic submission of materials is preferred and can be accessed at the link below. Proposals may also be submitted by emailing  or delivered to Jasmine Nance in the Office of the Provost. 

Deadline to submit proposals is Thursday, March 24, 2022, by 5 PM EST. All applicants will be notified by Friday, April 15, 2022.

Electronic Submission

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 , Assistant Provost for Diversity & Inclusion.

Diversity Faculty Fellows Review/Advisory Committee

Name Department
Michaela Frischherz Associate Professor, Communication Studies 
Iona Johnson Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Maggie Reitz Vice Provost, Office of the Provost
Lisa Simmons College of Business and Economics and Business Communications 
Brenda Conley Assistant Professor, Instructional Leadership & Professional Development 

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 core curriculum.

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 opportunities.

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

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Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Fellows Program

For more information on the program, contact , Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion.