Future Faculty Fellowships

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The King*Chavez*Parks Initiative is a program sponsored by Michigan's Department of Talent and Economic Development's Talent Investment Agency (TIA).

Future Faculty Fellowship - Application available here.  Application deadline is 5pm on November 30, 2018.

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 not be adequately represented in the graduate student and faculty populations to apply. 


Applicants requesting consideration for an FFF Award must be able to provide documentation or allow verification to the satisfaction of the Selection Committee and the KCP Initiative Office that they meet, at a minimum, the following eligibility criteria:

  1.  The applicant is academically and/or economically disadvantaged. 
  2. The applicant has been accepted into a graduate degree program at a public university in Michigan that facilitates a career in postsecondary teaching.
  3. The applicant is in good academic standing, as defined by the university.
  4. The applicant is not currently a recipient of an FFF Award at another university for a degree that has not been completed.
  5. The applicant has not previously received another FFF Award for the same degree level (master’s or doctorate).  (Note:  Applicants that did not receive the maximum allowable award may reapply for additional funds while still in pursuit of that degree.)
  6. The applicant has not previously had an FFF Award converted to a KCP Loan nor is currently in default on any guaranteed student loan.
  7. The applicant is a citizen of the United States and meets the university’s requirements for Michigan residency.
Additional Requirements
            In additional to eligibility documentation/attestation, applications for FFF Awards must include, at a minimum, the following items:
  1.  An educational and career goal statement linking the applicant’s interests and academic preparation to his/her current studies and postsecondary teaching career focus. 
  2. Identification of all current or past FFF Awards per year, degree level, and university.
  3. Identification of all previously-earned graduate degrees.

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 policy 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 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.  


Katherin 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.  


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.