Towson University’s Diversity Faculty Fellows (DFF) Program 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 building collaborations to enhance diversity and inclusion.
The Office of the Provost awards a $1,500 stipend to each Faculty Fellow for their
participation in the program.
Areas of Focus
All TU faculty, including lecturers and adjuncts, in any discipline are eligible to
apply for this program. Proposals must be for pedagogy, service and/or research as
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.
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, 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
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.
Diversity Faculty Fellows Expectations
Applicants must commit to:
- Attend all Faculty Fellows monthly workshops.
- Implement the newly developed diversity initiative in the spring 2019.
- Participate in the project showcase.
- Evaluate and assess the project.
- Following completion of the Fellowship, Diversity Faculty Fellows are invited to participate
in DFF networking gatherings to meet and support incoming Fellows and to support the
Provost’s Office per availability.
- Act as a resource for the Office of the Provost.
Diversity Faculty Fellows Review/Advisory Committee
||Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages
||Assistant Dean, College of Education
Vice Provost, Office of the Provost
|Marcia (Marci) Vandiver
||Assistant Professor, Elementary Education
Want to learn more?
Diversity Faculty Fellows Program
For more information on the program, contact Marcia Vandiver at 410-704-4630 or the Office of the Provost at 410-704-4498.