ERIC Number: EJ920221
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-9
Reference Count: N/A
Fellowships Have Sailed
Cooper, Kenneth J.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v27 n22 p11-12 Dec 2010
Jose Lopez is an assistant professor of physics at Saint Peter's College, a Catholic school in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he has been on the tenure track since receiving his Ph.D. from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2005. Essential to the completion of his doctoral work was a fellowship from the state designed to increase faculty diversity at public and private colleges and universities in New Jersey. Fellowships are one component of the Minority Academic Careers (MAC) program. The MAC program has had a big impact on Lopez's career choice. MAC covered his living expenses, allowing him to concentrate on his studies. However, the challenge of financing doctoral study will be harder for minority students aspiring to follow Lopez and the other MAC fellows into academia. The New Jersey Legislature has defunded the Minority Academic Careers program, making financing doctoral study a heavier burden for minority students. Lopez and other former fellows say they were surprised and dismayed at the cutback, which was announced in September. With the demise of the fellowship program, no alternative statewide approaches to increasing faculty diversity have been developed.
Descriptors: Careers, Catholic Schools, Private Colleges, Diversity (Faculty), Fellowships, Minority Groups, Financial Support, College Faculty, Doctoral Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey