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. 



Congratulations 2020-2021 Future Faculty Fellowship Recipients


David Robinson

David is a Master of Arts candidate in Literature.  He is primarily interested in the complex relationship between race and identity as it pertains to people of mixed race ancestry and finds interest in ethnic and queer literature.  As a MA focusing on literature, David enjoys reading and writing literary criticism during his studies at NMU.  David is a passionate instructor and finds ways to challenge the view of his students by implementing a focus on diversity and ethnic literature.  After receiving his MA, David would like to pursue a PhD in Literature in order to teach at a collegiate level and introduce students to the wide breath of literature that involves mixed race individuals.  


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