PROGRAM DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE
Established by the Michigan Legislature in 1986 and named in honor American civil rights activists Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), César Chávez (1927-1993), and Rosa Parks (1913-2005), the King-Chávez-Parks (KCP) Initiative is comprised of seven different programs. The ultimate goal of these programs is to increase the number of Michigan’s most educationally or economically disadvantaged citizens who have the opportunity to complete college degrees and experience career success as active participants in a knowledge-based global economy. Preference is not given to applicants on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, gender, or national origin. Applications 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 are encouraged to apply.
The KCP Future Faculty Fellowship (FFF) Program at Michigan State University (MSU) is funded by the State of Michigan’s Michigan Talent Investment Agency and the MSU Graduate School. This program aims to increase the number of underrepresented faculty candidates and educationally or economically disadvantaged doctoral degree graduates who enter academic careers as professors and teachers and who will serve as role models for students. Future Faculty Fellowship graduates are obligated, by a signed agreement, to remain in postsecondary faculty teaching or administration in a public or private, 2- or 4-year, in-state or out-of-state postsecondary institution for a minimum of three (3) years equivalent full-time. Fellows may also substitute up to one-third (1/3) of the 3 year full-time equivalency portion of teaching or administrative service credit with non-traditional service that has been pre- approved by the State of Michigan. Fellows who do not fulfill the teaching and/or other responsibilities, requirements, and obligations of their fellowship agreement may be placed in default, which would result in the fellowship being converted into a loan (referred to as a KCP Loan) that the fellow repays to the State of Michigan.
To be eligible for the KCP FFF at MSU, the applicant must be:
- a U.S. citizen and a resident of Michigan who meets MSU’s requirements for residency.
- currently enrolled full-time in a doctoral program at MSU and in good standing.
- completed with comprehensive exams, completed with a dissertation proposal (or be in the process of completing it), and have an up-to-date Ph.D. degree plan in GradPlan.
- able to demonstrate how one has faced educational and/or economic obstacles.
- committed to inclusive excellence as evidenced by participation in relevant programs, activities, and organizations (participants in the MSU AGEP Learning Community are encouraged to apply).
Please note: Those who are currently a recipient of a KCP Inititative Fellowship at another institution, have received a KCP Fellowship award for the same degree level, and are in default status on any guaranteed student loan or KCP Loan are not eligible for the KCP FFF.
The applications (only complete applications will be considered) will be evaluated by a KCP FFF Award Selection Committee composed of at least 5 MSU faculty members from various disciplinary backgrounds. Preference will be given to those applicants who meet the following selection criteria:
- Excellent academic credentials
- Outstanding letters of recommendation
- Compelling personal statement
- Detailed description of dissertation project
- Significance of contributions to field of research
- Informed statement on diversity/inclusiveness
- logical timeline and dissertation completion plan
The KCP Future Faculty Fellowship award amount is $35,000 for a one-year period. MSU supplements the award with a health care allowance, one credit of tuition and fees for the Fall and Spring semesters, and one credit of tuition and fees for a Summer semester. Requests for additional credits will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
CONDITIONS OF THE AWARD AND FELLOWSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES
A KCP Future Faculty Fellowship awardee at MSU agrees to:
- participate in an orientation program and meet with Pero G. Dagbovie (MSU KCP Director, Graduate School Associate Dean, University Distinguished Professor) at least once per semester.
- complete a doctoral degree within two years of receiving the fellowship.
- complete a 3-year service obligation that can be met by a part- or full-time postsecondary teaching or administrative position (documented teaching assistantships count toward this obligation).
- obtain a part- or full-time faculty teaching or administrative position in a public or private two- or four-year postsecondary institution within one year after obtaining the doctoral degree.
- submit an annual progress report until graduation.
- present a paper at one annual fall MSU AGEP Conference.
- participate, if possible, in at least one activity in another KCP Initiative at MSU.
- remain in the local (East Lansing) area while completing the doctoral degree (exceptions may be made for those needing to move outside of the area for dissertation data collection).
Please Note: While holding a KCP Future Faculty Fellowship, documented teaching verified by the KCP Initiative Office will apply toward the three-year full-time equivalent teaching agreement. This includes teaching assistantship appointments as well as postsecondary teaching at two-year or four-year institutions. This Fellowship will be considered defaulted and a loan subject to repayment in full to the State of Michigan if the conditions for acceptance are not met.
The application must include the following:
- KCP FFF application form (PDF)
- current curriculum vitae (c.v.) that adheres to the standards of the applicant’s discipline
- personal statement that includes 1.) an explanation of how you qualify for the KCP FFF and 2.) an educational and career goal statement linking your interest, academic preparation, a teaching career focus, and current studies to your future plans (1000 words maximum)
- description of your dissertation project—i.e., an abridged dissertation prospectus (1500 words maximum)
- a detailed timetable for completing your dissertation
- a diversity statement that addresses your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in your past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and how you will advance inclusive excellence (1000 words maximum)
- three letters of recommendation (one of which must be from your faculty major adviser) - Reference Report (PDF)
2019-20 Application Deadline: February 22, 2019