Faculty Fellowships at NMU
King*Chavez*Parks Future Faculty Fellowship program is designed
to increase the pool of Native American, Latino and African American
students pursuing careers in postsecondary education. At NMU, the
program is managed by Diversity Student Services. April
Lindala (Diversity Student Services) said the goal is to
grant at least two new fellowships per academic year.
sign an agreement that they will remain in a teaching or administrative
position at public or private, in-state or out-of-state institutions
for a period of time determined by the amount of their awards. If
they are unable to secure such a position, the fellowship becomes
a loan that must be paid back.
Brozzo (Gateway Academic
Program, pictured) became a fellowship recipient while enrolled
as a graduate student in the English Department from 1992-94.
received a grant of $20,000 over two years,” she said. “It was very
helpful at the time because I was single and had three teenage kids.
Back then, I had a choice of three ways to repay it: go on to another
institution and earn a doctorate; teach three years full time at
the college level; or pay it off with my own money.”
a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, said it was not an
option to leave the area after graduation. She was hired by NMU
in 1994 as coordinator for the Gateway Academic Program (GAP), which
is intended to increase retention among academically and economically
disadvantaged students. She began serving as an adjunct instructor
in the Center for Native American Studies in the summer of ’95.
I submitted some letters of support, it was determined that my combination
of part-time teaching in the Native American minor program and full-time
work with minority students fulfilled the fellowship requirements,”
Brozzo continues to teach at least one class per semester, including
one she created on storytelling by Native American women. In addition
to her roles as adjunct instructor and staff member, Brozzo recently
became a student again. She is enrolled in the MFA program in creative
still have the goal of sharing my cultural knowledge with whoever
wants to hear it,” she said. “I’m not the ‘be all, end all’ by any
means, but I do know something about it and I’m eager to contribute
what I can.”
Future Faculty Fellowship is a competitive grant with an application
and review process. In 2003-04, NMU received nearly $39,000 and
awarded two fellowships: one for the past academic year to Vicente
Ramos, who was doing independent study with the CAPS and English
departments; and one for the summer session and upcoming fall semester
to Terry Prout, who is in the training and development program.
NMU does not offer Ph.D. programs, fellows are encouraged to investigate
other graduate schools while working on their master’s program,”
said Lindala. “It is also highly suggested that they attend the
Joint Fellows Conference with DSS staff. This year it will be held
in November in Illinois. It is a tremendous opportunity for our
recipients to connect with other fellows from Michigan and Illinois.”
Future Faculty Fellowship is one of four King*Chavez*Parks programs
at NMU. The others are the Gateway Academic Program, College Day,
and Visiting Professors.