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Diversity Fellows

Drake University is offering three interdisciplinary diversity fellowships that will significantly contribute to the strength of our community.

Drake broadly defines diversity to include race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, or LGBT status. Fellows will teach up to two courses each semester, advance their scholarly or creative work, and participate in the academic and intellectual communities of the units with which they are affiliated and across Drake University.

Fellows receive an annual stipend of $40,000, a $2,000 annual research/travel allowance, and a $1,000 one-time moving allowance.  The fellowship is a one-year appointment, with the possibility of renewal for up to three years. The University provides a relatively comprehensive package of benefits, including medical, dental and vision insurance.  Fellows have access to additional benefits which currently include: University libraries and recreational facilities, computing and networking services, and fare-free public transportation.

Depending on their field, applicants who have received their master’s or MFA degree, or have completed their Ph.D. classwork and are ABD, post-doctoral, or have received their J.D. are eligible for the fellowship program. Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate a commitment to their scholarly and creative work and demonstrate an ability to work with individuals and groups of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation, disability, and/or ethnic backgrounds.

Role of the Fellows

Each fellow will contribute to the academic environment of their unit and the institution as a whole. They will be able to teach classes in their chosen area while developing a scholarly agenda, working on creative projects, engaging in service, or finishing their dissertation. Each fellow will teach a reduced load of classes to facilitate their growth as an academic. The Department Chair in coordination with the Fellowship Program Director will collaboratively work to determine the teaching load of each fellow. Additionally, the Director and an assigned mentor from their academic unit will guide the fellow through their teaching, service and scholarship pursuits in the one to three years that they serve as a fellow. A detailed individual and career development plan will be created with the fellow to help them engage in meaningful work that will result in a tenure-track or full-time position at the end of the fellowship, either at Drake or elsewhere. The fellows will also participate in activities that will help them navigate the academic environment and succeed at a predominately white institution.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Teach up to two courses per semester in the fellow's field of expertise.
  • Engage in scholarship or creative work that will advance the career of the fellow in accordance with the fellow’s individual and career development plan.
  • Engage in service work that serves the department, university, and student population and community in accordance with the fellow’s individual and career development plan.
  • Participate in fellow development programming.
  • Engage with an assigned faculty mentor.
  • Attend and participate in faculty meetings to the extent allowed by each division's faculty handbook.

Visit Drake's Human Resources page for additional information and to apply.


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