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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Institutional Diversity

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/cultdiv/services/fellowship/

Applications

Program Description

As defined by the President’s Task Force on Diversity in 2004, diversity at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU) is a commitment to:

  • creating an understanding and appreciation of diverse peoples and diverse perspectives; and
  • creating an academic, cultural, and workplace environment and community that develops mutual respect for all and celebrates our differences.

The Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program allows MSU to develop emerging scholars and professionals while promoting diversity within the campus community. Through the fellowship program, doctoral students who enhance the diversity of the faculty, staff, and/or student body are employed as fixed-term or probationaryfaculty or staff members in academic and administrative departments at the university, in accordance with the terms of the respective collective bargaining agreement. In addition to financial compensation and the opportunity to develop academic and professional skills, each pre-doctoral fellow benefits from a supportive and intentional mentoring relationship with a member of the hiring department.

Pre-doctoral fellowships may be designed according to one or more of the following models, but are not limited to the following.

  • A pre-doctoral fellow may be a graduate of a MSU, Mankato master degree program who is accepted into a doctoral or other terminal degree program at MSU, Mankato or another university and is hired in a fixed term position to teach or perform other professional responsibilities in an academic or an administrative department on a fixed-term basis.
  • A pre-doctoral fellow may be hired into a probationary position with completion of the terminal degree necessary for application for tenure and continuing employment beyond the probationary period.
  • A pre-doctoral fellow may be a current MSU faculty or staff member who is accepted or enrolled in a doctoral or other terminal degree program at MSU or another university and takes a leave of absence from his or her current position or negotiates a reduction in workload or FTE equivalent in order to accept the fellowship.

 

In all cases, it is expected that the fellow will enhance the diversity of the faculty, staff, and/or student body during the period of the fellowship. As a requirement of the fellowship program, departments are must design the fellowship in ways that increase the likelihood that the fellow would be a viable candidate for continuing employment within the department offering the fellowship and, as a result, enhance the diversity of the university’s permanent faculty and staff. All pre-doctoral fellow positions will be filled following a national search process.

Application, Funding, and Appointment Guidelines

The following guidelines will be used in the selection and appointment of pre-doctoral fellows.

  • Programs and departments begin the pre-doctoral fellowship request process as part of the annual staffing request process. Programs and departments wishing to request a pre-doctoral fellow must submit the Department Request for a Pre-Doctoral Fellow as part of their staffing request.
  • The Institutional Diversity Office may provide each pre-doctoral fellow matching funds of up to $25,000 per year for a maximum of three years. If applicable, fringe benefits will be paid by the cosponsoring program or the department originating the request. In addition to pre-doctoral fellowships receiving funding from Institutional Diversity, Colleges and Divisions may propose pre-doctoral fellowships that are funded wholly within the college.
  • Pre-doctoral fellows are responsible for paying their own tuition and all other educational and living expenses.
  • Pre-doctoral fellows will be hired at the rank of instructor.
  • Depending on the fellow’s salary requirements, as determined by the relevant bargaining unit contract, the $25,000 (maximum) contribution from Institutional Diversity and the required department or unit match may be augmented by additional university funds. There can be exceptions to this guideline.
  • Pre-doctoral fellows hired for non-teaching duties and funded on a 12-month basis will have a workload of 1.0 FTE during each 12 months of the fellowship. Work assignments and schedules are developed in consultation with the department, unit, or division to which the pre-doctoral fellow is assigned. These workloads must include work assignments that contribute to the pre-doctoral fellow’s degree program. These workloads must include a minimum of 25% assignment which contributes directly to the fellow’s degree program.
  • Pre-doctoral fellows hired into teaching positions (1.0 FTE) will negotiate the required amount of reassigned time with the department in order to ensure completion of the doctoral degree. Under no circumstances will pre-doctoral fellows have a teaching load in excess of 18 credits (75%). Most pre-doctoral fellows should have a teaching/reassigned load of 12 credits (50%) teaching and 12 credits (50%) reassigned time. Teaching loads that exceed 50% will be negotiated by the College, Department and Institutional Diversity.

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants must (a) demonstrate a commitment to diversity and the ability to enhance the diversity of the faculty, staff, and/or student body; (b) have the support and endorsement of an academic or student affairs/administrative unit; and (c) provide evidence of acceptance into and/or satisfactory progress in a doctoral degree program. The application process is initiated when an eligible applicant submits his or her application materials to an academic or student affairs department. The department submits additional application materials (attached) and advances the application to the college dean or division head, who will forward them to the Dean of Institutional Diversity. Application review criteria are outlined on the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Application form and in the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Position Announcement.

Departmental Application Process

  1. University departments applying for pre-doctoral fellowships must submit a proposal for offering a pre-doctoral fellowship as part of their annual staffing request.
  2. The Dean of Institutional Diversity forwards these proposals to the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Review Committee.
  3. Review of proposals will begin on October 15th of each year.
  4. The review committee prioritizes its recommendations and forwards them to the Dean of Institutional Diversity.
  5. The Dean of Institutional Diversity and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research consult with the relevant college deans (or other unit heads) about the recommended appointments and verify funding support and other appointment details.
  6. The Dean of Institutional Diversity forwards recommendations to the Provost for final approval.
  7. Departments/Programs awarded fellowships will receive word no later than November 15th.

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Review Committee

The Pre-Doctoral Fellow Review Committee will be convened by October 1st of each year. The committee will consist of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research (convener, ex officio); two (2) IFO members appointed by the Faculty Association Executive Committee; one (1) ASF member appointed by the bargaining unit leadership; one (1) ASF member designated by the Office of Institutional Diversity. The Dean of Institutional Diversity will be responsible for requesting bargaining unit appointments by September 15th of each year.

Review Criteria

  • Incomplete proposals will not be considered.
  • Proposals without clear support from the dean or unit head, including an approved funding plan, will not be considered.
  • Priority will be given to departments that provide evidence of clear and reasonable diversity goals and demonstrate how the fellowship will advance such goals.
  • Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate a well-conceived plan for providing appropriate support and mentorship for the fellow throughout the duration of the appointment.
  • Applications will be evaluated based on the overall quality of the department’s plan.The pre-doctoral fellow must be accepted into a doctoral program at the time of application and must remain enrolled and show satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree.
  • Fellowships are available for up to four years.

Position Announcement

Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU) is pleased to announce the availability of pre-doctoral fellowships to support the development of emerging scholars and professionals while promoting diversity within the campus community. Each fellowship appointment is for a maximum of three years. As defined by the President’s Task Force on Diversity in 2004, diversity at MSU is a commitment to:

  • creating an understanding and appreciation of diverse peoples and diverse perspectives; and
  • creating an academic, cultural, and workplace environment and community that develops mutual respect for all and celebrates our differences.

Potential pre-doctoral fellowships are available in the following academic Colleges:

MSU is nationally recognized in a wide range of academic and student affairs programs, serves approximately 15,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and is located in the Star City of Mankato, Minnesota, approximately 80 miles south of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Mankato community is home to a diverse population of 45,000 residents and a K-12 student population in which more than 35 languages are spoken. Both the City of Mankato and MSU have adopted strategic plans that emphasize increasing and supporting diversity.

Through the fellowship program, doctoral students who enhance the diversity of the faculty, staff, and/or student body are employed as fixed-term or probationary faculty or staff members in academic and student affairs departments at the university. In addition to financial compensation and the opportunity to develop academic and professional skills, each pre-doctoral fellow benefits from a supportive and intentional mentoring relationship with a member of the hiring department. Pre-doctoral fellowships may be designed according to one or more of the following models, but are not limited to the following.

  • A pre-doctoral fellow may be a graduate of a MSU, Mankato master degree program who is accepted into a doctoral or other terminal degree program at MSU, Mankato or another university and is hired in a fixed term position to teach or perform other professional responsibilities in an academic or an administrative department on a fixed-term basis.
  • A pre-doctoral fellow may be hired into a probationary position with completion of the terminal degree necessary for application for tenure and continuing employment beyond the probationary period
  • A pre-doctoral fellow may be a current MSU faculty or staff member who is accepted or enrolled in a doctoral or other terminal degree program at MSU or another university and takes a leave of absence from his or her current position or negotiates a reduction in workload or FTE equivalent in order to accept the fellowship.

Remuneration and Responsibilities

  • Pre-doctoral fellows hired for non-teaching duties and funded on a 12-month basis will have a workload of 1.0 FTE during each 12 months of the fellowship. Work assignments and schedules are developed in consultation with the department, unit, or division to which the pre-doctoral fellow is assigned. These workloads must include work assignments that contribute to the pre-doctoral fellow’s degree program.
  • Pre-doctoral fellows hired into teaching positions (1.0 FTE) will negotiate the required amount of reassigned time with the department in order to ensure completion of the doctoral degree. Under no circumstances will pre-doctoral fellows have a teaching load in excess of 18 credits (75%). Most pre-doctoral fellows will have a teaching/reassigned load of 12 credits (50%) teaching and 12 credits (50%) reassigned time.
  • Salary and fringe benefits for the academic year are determined by the relevant bargaining unit contract and the fellow’s previous employment experience. Funding for summer appointments may be possible.
  • Pre-doctoral fellows are responsible for paying their own tuition and all other educational and living expenses.

Applicant Eligibility

In order to be eligible for a pre-doctoral fellowship, applicants must meet the following criteria: demonstrate a commitment to diversity and the ability to enhance the diversity of the faculty, staff, and/or student body; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; have the support and endorsement of an academic or student affairs unit; and provide evidence of acceptance into and/or satisfactory progress in a doctoral degree program.

Application Process

Applicants to the pre-doctoral fellowship program will use the online employment application process. As part of the application process, applicants should submit the following materials to the department chair, director, or other unit head of the department or program in which they are seeking a pre-doctoral fellowship:

  • a personal statement of interest and goals (500 words or less);
  • a completed Pre-Doctoral Fellowship application.

Materials should be sent to:

Dean of Institutional Diversity
Office of Institutional Diversity
Minnesota State University, Mankato
228 Wigley Administration Center
Mankato MN 56001

Application Review Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria.

  • verification of acceptance into a doctoral program and/or satisfactory progress toward the doctoral degree;
  • clarity of the applicant’s professional goals;
  • the degree of fit between the applicant’s goals and the proposed fellowship responsibilities;
  • the applicant’s record of academic and/or professional achievement;
  • the applicant’s ability to contribute to University and department diversity goals; and
  • evidence of the applicant’s ability to fulfill fellowship responsibilities and simultaneously succeed in his/her doctoral program.

Minnesota State University, Mankato is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Minnesota State University, Mankato has a long-standing commitment to diversity and is actively seeking to nurture and enrich its underrepresented communities. It is expected that successful candidates share in this commitment. Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Affirmative Action Office, 507-389-2986 (V) or 800-627-3529 (MRS/TTY). This Vacancy Notice is available in alternate format upon request. Minnesota State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educator and employer. In accordance with INS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to accept work in the United States. Minnesota State University, Mankato is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.