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September 22, 2016

Faculty Development

Faculty Development Program Reception & Overview

When: September 22, 2016 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Where: IRRPP Conference Room | Suite 219 | 1253 S. Halsted St.

Faculty Development Program Overview
The goal of the Faculty Development Program is to support UIC faculty who are doing research on race/ethnicity that has the potential to contribute to policy conversations and actions. The Faculty Development Program Reception & Overview event outlines how IRRPP supports Faculty Fellows and also what IRRPP expects from Faculty Fellows.

The Faculty Development Program includes:

  • 1. Financial Support for Research.
  • 2. Engaged Research: Throughout the year, Fellows can attend training sessions to develop their capacity for engaged research in the following areas:
    • a. Working in Community Partnership: Fellows will be invited to attend a Participatory Research workshop in order to learn and refine best practices for developing strong, collaborative community partnerships with practitioners and advocates outside the university. Fellows will also have the opportunity to meet individually with the Associate Director for Community Partnerships to further develop strong, collaborative community partnerships.
    • b. Developing a Writing Practice: Fellows will have the opportunity to attend one or more Faculty WriteOut! retreats to strengthen their writing practice and learn strategies for framing and presenting research in ways that connect with and influence non-academic audiences.
    • c. Expanding the visibility and impact of research: Fellows will have the opportunity to attend Policy 101 workshops focused on translating academic research into policy-ready documents, policy presentations and civic engagement.
    • d. Intellectual Community & Exchange: Faculty Fellows will have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with a vibrant, interdisciplinary cohort of race and ethnicity scholars during opening and final receptions as well as at Faculty Development events throughout the year.

We strongly encourage and expect that Faculty Fellows attend these workshops and take advantage of them as opportunities to learn new practices and further develop their research and writing.

Beyond these workshops and events, a critical component of the Faculty Development Program involves the opportunity for Faculty Fellows to meet and exchange ideas as a cohort. IRRPP’s Faculty Fellows are a vibrant, incredible, dynamic, and interdisciplinary group of race and ethnicity scholars that have much to offer each other. We create opportunities for engagement and exchanges between Faculty Fellows throughout the year that we encourage and expect them to attend and take advantage of.

In return, IRRPP expects that Faculty Fellows will, first and foremost, carry out their fabulous research projects brilliantly. Once the research projects are completed, we expect that Faculty Fellows will submit a final report written for a non-scholarly audience. This report is critical in order to highlight the Faculty Fellow’s work in our monthly scholar spotlights, which are distributed on campus and to everyone on our list serve. IRRPP also hopes that they will be a useful step in writing to audiences beyond UIC.

When the projects are completed, we also ask Faculty Fellows to write either a 1-page funding strategy or a 1-page engaged research plan to continue this project or for a new avenue of research.

We also expect that Faculty Fellows will be ready and excited in a future year to participate in our College Lunchtime Lecture Series where we select a college each semester and feature the work of the faculty we have funded from that college. We invite Faculty, Students, and Deans to this event and think of this as another important showcase for the work of our Faculty Fellows.

Finally, we ask that Faculty Fellows be ready to serve on a future review committee for funding applications.