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As a public university serving a highly-diverse student population, William Paterson University seeks to intentionally support the mentoring and development of faculty, particularly faculty of underrepresented backgrounds. The goal of the predoctoral fellowship program is to assure the long-term growth and success of faculty from underrepresented backgrounds both on campus and in higher education to better reflect the diversity of the students we serve.
Yes. If a fellow successfully completes the requirements of the degree in the first year or during the second year, by mutual agreement between the fellow and the department, the department may request conversion of the fellowship to a tenure-track line. Following conversion to a tenure-track teaching position at William Paterson University, the time of the fellowship will count toward the tenure review period.
Fellowships are available in departments where we anticipate the need for long-term tenure-track appointments and are given in the hope that fellows will be well positioned to remain at William Paterson University following the fellowship period. There is, however, no obligation for fellows to do so. Whether fellows remain at the University through conversion to tenure-track appointment or move on to positions at other institutions, we want them to be primed for career success in higher education.
The University plans to search for new pre-doctoral fellows every two years. Since the fellowship appointments are for two-year terms, this will mean that we would have a new class of fellows every other year, with only one cohort running at a time.
For 2023-2025, the University has approved three fellowships in two different colleges,one each in the following areas (with links to apply below):
Mentorship is provided on many levels:
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