Future Faculty Fellowships

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The King*Chavez*Parks Initiative is a program sponsored by Michigan's Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.

Future Faculty Fellowship - Application available here.

*Read eligibility requirements on pages 1-2.

*Fill out and return application on pages 3-6. 

*Include an educational and career goal statement linking interests and academic preparation to current studies and postsecondary teaching career focus.

*Submit 2 faculty reference letters with application.  

DEADLINE: Friday, March 13th @ 5pm

Send/Drop off all material to:
Future Faculty Fellows
Multicultural Education and Resource Center - NMU
3001 Hedgcock
1401 Presque Isle Ave.
Marquette, MI 49855


For questions or concerns:
Office: (906) 227-1554
Fax: (906) 227-1740

Program Description

The Future Faculty Fellowship (FFF) Program was created by the Michigan State Legislature in 1986 as part of the larger King*Chavez*Parks Initiative, designed to stem the downward spiral of college graduation rates for students underrepresented in postsecondary education.  The purpose of the FFF Program is to increase the pool of academically and/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.  Universities should encourage applicants who would not otherwise be adequately represented in the graduate student and faculty populations to apply. 


Services Reporting & Guideline Forms:
  1. Service Credit Guidelines
  2. Service Reporting Form
  3. Non-Traditional Service Pre-Approval Form
  4. Administrative Service Pre-Approval Form

For complete program description, click here. 


For Official Policy Issuance as of October 2019, click here.


For application click here.


FFF Update

Congratulations to our Future Faculty Fellows, Ella Flores, Kendra Klein, and Brenna Womer, who are all recipients of an Excellence in Education Award.  These grants of $1500 will help to advance their research or creative works.  The also received a one-credit tuition stipend to enroll in a course related to their research. 


FFF Recipient Highlight

Experience as Expat in Turkey Leads to Book

Feb. 14, 2020

Belliel (Expat Sofra website photo by Julia and Martina of Journey Collective)

Belliel (Expat Sofra website photo by Julia and Martina of Journey Collective)

When Northern Michigan University graduate student Katherine Belliel first visited Turkey, she said her “soul felt like it had come home.” The Grand Rapids native ended up living in the country for 15 years, until a failed coup attempt convinced her to return with her family to the United States. Her time abroad inspired Belliel to co-edit Expat Sofra: Culinary Tales of Foreign Women in Turkey.

The book uses recipes, personal anecdotes and photos to counteract common misconceptions about the country portrayed in the media.

As an undergraduate Middle Eastern studies major in lower Michigan, Belliel had read a great deal about the region and was eager to immerse herself in Turkish culture. Upon her move there, she created a new life for herself. She married, had a son, and taught English to kindergarten, preschool and high school students.

In 2005, she wrote a story that appeared in the Turkish anthology, Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey. The book was a compilation of stories and featured female authors from all over the world who were expats in Turkey.

Fans of the original book had been asking for a sequel; however, the editors had both moved on to other projects and were unable to deliver. Belliel and her friend, Francesca Rosa, decided to revisit the idea of an expat anthology on the original book's 10th anniversary.

Expat Sofra again shares stories of foreign women living in Turkey, with a food component. The stories are told in “bite-sized courses” and feature a variety of different “flavors” that are inspired by Turkish cuisine. Ironically, Belliel said she never cared for tea, yogurt or grape leaves—staples of Turkish fare—until she resided there.

“A criticism of the first book was that it was mostly just positive stories and didn't reflect the full flavor of expat life or of the country in general,” she said. “We have very diverse stories, yet they show a different version of Turkey than how it's usually portrayed negatively by journalists. The biggest challenge in doing a project like this is that we have to be careful about cultural appropriation. We are foreign women writing about Turkish food and writing about Turkey in general. There's a very fine line.”

After the attempted coup in 2016, Belliel decided to leave Turkey for a bit to catch her breath and pursue a long-desired dream.

“I had always wanted to get my master's. I thought it would be cool to go back to Michigan, but to a place I didn't know, so I applied to Northern in the U.P. and was accepted.”

Belliel is enrolled in the MFA in creative writing program offered through NMU's English department. A Turkish publisher released Expat Sofra. Belliel said she and Rosa are seeking a U.S. or United Kingdom publisher to increase distribution of the English-language version and make the book available in audible and e-book formats.

Belliel and her son

Belliel and her son

Belliel in Turkey

Belliel in Turkey

Congratulations 2019-2020 Future Faculty Fellowship Recipients


Ronnie Ferguson

Ronnie Ferguson is an MFA candidate working in poetry, film, and music.  As an instructor, he challenges his students to discover, internalize, and apply the tools of effective writing and communication.  Upon graduation, he plans to continue teaching composition and oral presentation, as well as creative writing and performing arts.  

Ronnie Ferguson


Congratulations 2018-2019 Future Faculty Fellowship Recipients



Miranda Findlay

Miranda is a Master of Arts candidate in Literature and Pedagogy. She is particularly interested in feminist and ethnic literature, and she also enjoys studying literary criticism and theory. As an instructor, she finds it important to expose her students to texts and themes that require them to critically analyze our society and question the "norm". After receiving her M.A., she hopes to pursue her Ph.D. and teach at a university.


Jaime Vanenkevort

Jamie is an MA candidate in the School of Education, Leadership and Public Services.  Current professional interests include the ethic of care and the role of agitation in the teaching space, the disruption of monolithic narratives, and the creation of equitable teaching and learning spaces for all people.  

Research interests include identifying efficacious school programs and services designed to assist Upper Peninsula high school students who have experienced trauma.  

Jamie would like to pursue her PhD in Education Psychology or Poetry and continue work to create more equitable spaces in teaching and learning in rural areas.  


Katherine Belliel

Katherine Belliel is a second year MFA candidate in creative writing. Her non-fiction work focuses on displacement by exploring the controversial use of the terms expatriate, immigrant, and refugee. Upon graduation, she plans to continue teaching composition and creative writing overseas. 




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.  

  Leora Lancaster

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.  

Kendra Klein

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.  


Jenna Behnke

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.  

Daniel Mitchell