Faculty Diversity Development

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion provides a Faculty Diversity Development grant program, providing support to lecturers, tenure-track and tenured faculty for their research, curricular and creative activities.

Who is eligible for funding?

Lecturers, tenure-track and tenured faculty.

How much funding is available?

Lecturers may apply for a summer salary award (capped at $5,000 for July 2017 or June 2018) or for funds to support their RSCA (capped at $5,000, see Budget Form).

Tenured and tenure-track faculty may apply for release time (0.2 for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018), or a summer salary award (capped at $5,000 for July 2017 or June 2018), or for funds to support their RSCA (capped at $5,000, see Budget Form).

When can I apply for funding?

Typically late Fall semester of the academic year.

How do I apply for funding?

A paper copy of the complete application (Cover Page, Budget Form, and Narrative) with your original signature as well as that of your Chair/Director must be submitted to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion by 5:00 p.m. (located in Tower Hall 109) by Tuesday, December 9, 2016.

Funding Requirements?

Applicants should submit:

  • Proposal Narrative (not to exceed 3 pages) addressing the following elements:
    • Statement of need/problem to be addressed and likely contribution to the discipline, classroom practices, student development or engagement of underrepresented communities (pipeline and recruitment from pre-K, K-12, 13-20);
    • Description of the scope of the work for the proposed project including methodology, community partners, student participants, co-curricular relationships, etc.;
    • Plan for dissemination and/or seeking of external funding;
    • Brief budget justification; and
    • References/works cited as appropriate (counted as part of the 3-page limit)
  • Philosophical Statement/Narrative (not to exceed 2 pages) about relevant academic, professional, and personal experience, as well as expertise in contributing to student success for underrepresented students in your discipline, and/or across campus at San Jose State University.  Similar discussion of contributions to underrepresented communities if relevant.  Contribution to knowledge and/or improved campus relationships with underrepresented communities (pipeline and engagement).
  • Itemized budget justification (capped at $5,000) or Activities Accounting (0.2 time release)
    Please note funds may not be used to purchase gifts or gift cards.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Documentation of Ethical Considerations and Approvals. Proper clearance from appropriate review committees (IRB, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) must be obtained, as needed.  These can be in the proposal state but should show clear draft of submission for review or MOU (memorandum of understanding) for community engagements projects.

Funding Screening Criteria?

Proposals will be evaluated by a committee comprised of individuals with a faculty background who are involved in faculty diversity initiatives across campus. The following criteria will be considered:

  • Clarity of proposal
  • Completeness of the proposal
  • Contribution to knowledge and scholarship in the discipline
  • Contribution to knowledge and practice for other faculty and/or staff
  • Likely educational impact on students
  • Feasibility of the proposed activity within the timeline
  • Appropriateness of the proposed budget

When is funding approved?

Approval for funds will take up to 3 months to approve and communicate.

Faculty who receive funding through this program are expected to share their accomplishments at a campus-wide event and will also be expected to serve as a resource for future Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion activities.

How do I get support?

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Chief Diversity Officer, Kathleen Wong(Lau) at 269-547-0226 [cell] or email at Kathleen.wonglau@sjsu.edu.

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