Future Faculty Fellowships

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A King Chavez Parks Initiative of the State of Michigan

The King Chávez Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program is funded by the State of Michigan - Talent Investment Agency and is intended to increase the pool of traditionally academically or economically disadvantaged candidates pursuing faculty teaching careers in postsecondary education. Preference may not be given to applicants on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, gender, or national origin. Applications are encouraged from minorities, women, people with disabilities, and individuals from cultural, linguistic, geographic, and socio-economic backgrounds who would otherwise not adequately be represented in the graduate student and faculty populations.



  • You must be accepted into a master's degree program at Northern Michigan University. Conditional admits are not acceptable.
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a Michigan resident as defined by the university
  • Intend to pursue a faculty position in higher education
  • Not be in current default status on any guaranteed student loans or KCP Fellowship

Application Due Dates                                        

No applications are being taken at this time.

 Award Amounts                                                                        

The maximum King Chavez Parks Initiative Fellowship award at NMU of $15,000.  The award amount will be prorated according to program progress.


In order to be considered for the fellowship, you must fill out the application and return it along with:

  • Two letters of recommendation from university faculty or staff who know your abilities. They can be e-mailed to Shirley Brozzo at sbrozzo@nmu.edu
  • A personal statement detailing what program you are pursuing, what your teaching aspirations are, and what makes you academically and economically disadvantaged.
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate or graduate institutions you attended.  


Selection Process

All students who apply will be evaluated and ranked by a committee of three.

Actual awards will be based on the amount of funds available. If the entire award amount for an individual student cannot be encumbered within one year, continuing students will receive preference in the successive year's distribution.

Any money available after that will be distributed between all qualified recipients.


Award Obligations

Persons awarded will be required to sign a Future Faculty Fellowship Program Agreement, agreeing to the following conditions:

  • They will earn their degree within four years of receiving the fellowship.
  • They must not accept another Future Faculty Fellowship for the same degree level.
  • They must begin teaching either full time or part time at any accredited college or university within the U.S. within one year after graduation.
  • The fellowship is fulfilled after three years of full time or that equivalent is reached. Less than full fellowship awards result in reduced years of obligation to fulfill the fellowship.

Default occurs when a fellow has not met these obligations and this fellowship reverts to a loan, repayable with interest, to the State of Michigan.

Proof of service must be e-mailed by an official university representative to:


Put FFF in the subject line.


Congratulations 2017-2018 Future Faculty Fellowship Recipients


Leora Lancaster

Meskwa'aa Opwaagan Ikwe- Leora Lancaster is a MA candidate in Education Administration: American Indian Education Administration and Supervision, while teaching Anishinaabe language.  In addition to learning about education administration within western academia, her research involves postcolonial theory, Indigenous cultural and linguistic revitalization movements and Indigenous pedagogy, with an emphasis of teachings from the Great Lakes Anishinaabeg, The Three Fires Confederacy.  After receiving her Master's from Northern Michigan University, Lancaster looks forward to working towards a more diverse and culturally inclusive classroom upon the ancestral homelands of the Anishinaabe people.  


Kendra Klein

Kendra Klein is an MA candidate in Literature and a TA for the NMU English Department.  Kendra is pursuing studies in Twentieth-Century British Literature.  Her thesis will be on the 1918 Influenza pandemic.  After graduation, she plans ot pursue a PhD in Twentieth-Century British Literature and teach at a university.  

Jenna Behnke

Jenna Behnke is a MSPBE candidate in the Biology Department.  She is passionate about self-discovery and yoga.  As an instructor, she aims to cultivate an environment where students can learn more about themselves and the world around them.  After graduation, she plans to teach biology and yoga at a liberal arts or community college.  


Daniel Mitchell

Daniel Mitchell will graduate with an MS in Post-secondary Biology Education.  Daniel was an undergraduate researcher in the experimental E. coli evolution lab at Michigan State University and college advisor with the College Advising Corps.  He plans on teaching introductory cellular, molecular, and microbiology courses at the community college level.  



Congratulations 2016-2017 Future Faculty Fellowship Recipients


Hayli Cox

Haylie Cox is an MA candidate and TA dual-tracking in Literature and Writing, with particular interest in creative nonfiction.  Her thesis is a blend of memoir and cultural study research on the yard sale and thrifty subculture.  After graduation, she plans to pursue an MFA or PhD in creative writing and hopefully teach at a university.  

Brenna Womer

Brenna Womer is a creative writing MFA candidate and holds an MA in English from Missouri State University. She is an active member of the feminist and LGBTQIA+ communities and, as an instructor, aims to cultivate empathy and critical thinking skills in the classroom, ensuring her students are exposed to the voices of traditionally underrepresented and marginalized communities.

Colton Fletcher Lindsey

After shirking a promising law career, Colton Fletcher Lindsey hopped a train before arriving at a riverbank where he began writing. He is now a candidate for a Master of Arts in Creative Writing at Northern Michigan University while teaching Composition courses. He resides in Michigan with his wife and two dogs.

Ella Flores

Ella Flores is a first year MFA candidate in poetry. Her thesis is a project based around the intersectionality of family, heritages, personal and cultural spirituality, and the distances and intimacies found in the process of change. She plans to pursue a PhD in Creative Writing while continuing to teach, always with a focus on finding humor and practicing patience.

Kimberly Rosewall

Currently, Kimberly is a M.A. candidate with a literature emphasis. Her scholarly interests largely involve discourse analysis of oppressed and disenfranchised groups represented within literature. In the classroom, she uses a variety of post-colonial, feminist, and post-Indian works to teach composition and promote critical thinking. After graduate school,she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in discourse analysis.         


Congratulations 2015-2016 Future Faculty Fellowship Recipients


Jacqueline Boucher

Jacqueline Boucher is an MFA candidate in poetry. Her thesis is a full-length collection based on safety and violation of safe spaces. After graduation, she plans to pursue a PhD in Creative Writing while focusing on creating community in the classroom.” 

Paige Fraizer

Paige Frazier is originally from Eastern Kentucky and is currently an MFA candidate in nonfiction.  She holds a BA in English from Marshall University in WV.  Her essays and stories center around intersecting issues of food, animal ethics, feminism, and LGBT politics facing small-town Appalachia.  After completion of her MFA, Paige will attend a Ph.D. program in Literature and Cultural studies, where she will continue to teach and write about these intersecting politics.  

Sara Ryan

Sara Ryan is a first year MFA candidate in poetry. She received her BA in Creative Writing at the University of Miami in Florida. Her work most recently focuses on myths of place and the personal, and draws from old Norse and Scandinavian folklore and mythic history. She also writes about the news, surreality and lost concepts of home. After her time at NMU, Sara hopes to continue on to pursue her PhD in Creative Writing, publish her first book of poems, and continue teaching writing and composition. 

Luke Ogle

Luke Ogle is a MS in Biology candidate. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Northern Michigan University. His graduate research focus is in microbial ecology, he plans studying how microbes have adapted to extreme environments. Luke is the new Graduate Assistant in the Multicultural Education and Resource Center. After receiving his Master’s degree from Northern he plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in Biology and then teaching at a university someday.