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Future Faculty Diversity Program

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The Future Faculty Diversity Program is an exciting and rewarding four-day program designed to increase the representation of faculty traditionally underrepresented in strategic priority populations in the United States, including American Indian/ Alaska Native, African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, and Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander.

The application deadline for FFDP is Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

In collaboration with InclusiveVT, the 2020 Future Faculty  Diversity Program will be held October 4-7, 2020 on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus, providing participants with the opportunity to engage in professional development  and have candid discussions with department heads, deans, and current faculty members about faculty life and the range of responsibilities of faculty in learning, discovery, and engagement. 

Participants will be hosted by a Virginia Tech academic department to tour research facilities, meet with current faculty to gain greater awareness of research and teaching opportunities, and discuss their career prospects and academic work. This is an all-expense paid pre-faculty interview visit. Participants are expected to give an academic research presentation.

Enhance the faculty pipeline by establishing and developing significant meaningful relationships with prospects, especially scholars traditionally underrepresented in their fields.

Provide the opportunity for participants to gain a greater awareness of Virginia Tech, which will enhance their ability to envision themselves as members of our community.

Develop a network of new scholars in priority research areas.

Be a graduate student or post-doctoral scholar within one year of seeking a faculty position at a research intensive institution,

Demonstrate career goals, research interests, and academic potential that align with Virginia Tech's mission and programs, and

Able to meaningfully contribute to the university's continuing commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.

Underrepresented graduate students (A.B.D.) and post-doctoral scholars within one year of completion (Spring/Summer 2021) who are seeking a faculty position at a research-intensive institution are invited to apply for the 2020 Future Faculty Diversity Program.

  • Please be prepared to submit the following:
  • Information about your dissertation and academic research area(s).
  • Diversity statement that addresses professional skills, experience and/or commitment to engage in activities that enhance university inclusion and diversity efforts.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Brief Cover Letter that addresses the selection criteria.

Click here to apply.

For questions about the application process please contact Dr. Erica Cooper at