This program supports the university’s vision for diversity by providing selected
faculty members with opportunities to infuse diversity into existing curriculum, create
models to improve classroom dynamics in support of social justice, or identify strategies
to enhance institutional practices.
Towson University’s Diversity Faculty Fellows Program (DFF) provides support for TU
faculty who are interested in developing or redesigning courses for major or core
curriculum, developing curricular practices to support inclusive classroom environments,
supporting research and teaching projects, developing pedagogy and research toolkits,
and/or identifying the needs of the university or developing models to affect change.
Selected Faculty Fellows will be awarded a $1,500 stipend for their participation
in the program.
Areas of Focus
I. Develop Curricular Practices to Support Inclusive and Diverse Classroom
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.
II. Develop and/or Redesign Courses for Major or Core Curriculum
Examples include development 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, community engagement, or workshop facilitation
that enriches the campus.
IV. Develop Resource Toolkit
Examples include creating usable materials for faculty or students so that best practices
are replicated and circulated. Workshops may also be included.
V. Create Opportunities for On-Going Mentorship
Examples include projects that sustain long-term relationships related to inclusion
and diversity. Mentoring might be related to student and faculty retention, curriculum
development supporting inclusive and diverse classroom, the tenure process, and other
Diversity Faculty Fellows Expectations
- Attend monthly workshops during the academic year of program participation.
- Implement the newly developed Diversity initiative during spring semester of program
- Provide mentorship to future DFF for an academic year following fellowship.
- Showcase project during fall semester following program participation.
- Assess and evaluate the project.
Diversity Faculty Fellows Review/Advisory Committee
||Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages
||Research and Instruction Librarian, Cook Library
Vice Provost, Office of the Provost
||Associate Professor, Foreign Languages
||Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Provost
|Marcia (Marci) Watson
||Assistant Professor, Elementary Education
Want to learn more?
Diversity Faculty Fellows Program
For more information on the program, contact Marcia Watson at 410-704-4630 or Debbie Seeberger at 410-704-2360.