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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

SUNY PRODiG Fellowship Consortia

Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion and Growth across the SUNY Comprehensive Sector

The SUNY PRODiG Fellowship Consortia represents a collaborative effort of the thirteen comprehensive colleges in the SUNY system. The program consists of a three-pronged approach to increase faculty diversity on our campuses.

  • First, it will introduce early-career diverse faculty that might not otherwise have considered our type of institution to the advantages of a SUNY comprehensive college.
  • Second, it will provide outstanding mentorship and support to increase future success and retention.
  • Third, it will increase opportunities for existing faculty and students to work with WSTEM and URM early career faculty, thus enriching each campus and creating a collaborative network across the state.

SUNY Potsdam is a liberal arts institution grounded in its mission to be an inclusive scholarly community, rooted in our historic role in providing exemplary teacher and music education and our leadership in the fine and performing arts. The College is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and in fostering the unique potential of each individual student. The liberal arts and sciences provide the academic foundation for all students, enriched by robust applied learning experiences.

SUNY Potsdam welcomes PRODiG Fellows applications in any of its disciplinary areas; a current list of academic programs can be found at https://www.potsdam.edu/academics/programs-study.

The SUNY Comprehensives are teaching-centered institutions and include:

Call for Applications

The Comprehensive Colleges of the State University of New York system (SUNY) invite applications for the PRODiG Pre/Post-Doctoral Fellowship.

Eligible candidates for this two-year program include late-stage ABDs or post-docs who are underrepresented minorities and/or women faculty of all races in STEM fields.

The focus of the collaborative is to introduce early-career diverse faculty to opportunities at a comprehensive college, and will provide outstanding mentorship and support to increase future success and retention as faculty. The program will provide intentional support toward degree completion, teaching experience in the individual’s field of expertise, and faculty development at one of the SUNY comprehensive colleges.

PRODiG Fellows will receive a two-year non-renewable contract, travel allowances, summer research stipends, moving expenses, and reduced teaching load. Annual compensation is competitive. Fellows will be paired with a campus senior faculty member to help facilitate integration and support, and will be a part of a larger cohort of PRODiG Fellows across the SUNY system who will meet (both face-to-face and virtually) throughout the two-year fellowship. The fellowship is open to a wide range of fields.

Benefits for PRODiG Fellows

The goal is to support PRODiG Fellows across SUNY and provide needed experience and mentorship prior to being hired into a tenure line, increasing success and retention on the same, or different, campus.

Both ABD and Post-Docs may be part of the program. Both will receive similar support to ensure success post-fellowship. This includes:

  • Mentor training, especially on how to monitor service responsibilities.
  • A maximum of half time teaching – discipline and content specific and emphasis on support.
  • Support through teaching professional development on our campuses.
  • For those with no teaching experience the opportunity to co-teach.
  • Support for the job search.
  • For Fellows who are ABD, the focus of the first year in the program is support towards finishing the degree. The primary focus for Post-Doc candidates will be support for instituting/completing research and writing

Requirements

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited doctoral program in the U.S. or have completed an accredited doctoral program, and be authorized to work in the U.S.

In order to be eligible, the applicant must have an approved dissertation proposal and have advanced to candidate status at their home institution (or have completed their dissertation). Post-doctoral applicants that are no more than two years post-graduation are also encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will show evidence of outstanding academic achievement and promise as teachers and scholars. Candidates should have a capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of diverse students attending a comprehensive college.

How to Apply

The PRODiG Fellows application can be accessed HERE.

As part of the application process, candidates are to submit the following materials:

  • a current C.V.;
  • a letter of intent describing the applicant's interest in teaching at a comprehensive college;
  • a letter from the dissertation advisor commenting on the applicant’s performance, potential, and expected time to degree; or, in the case of a post-doctoral candidate, a letter of reference (preferably from the dissertation chair)

Applicants should review the websites of each comprehensive college for academic programs and campus locations.

Contact

For more information, contact Provost Bette Bergeron or email sm_PRODiGprogram@brockport.edu.