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Diversity Initiatives

About Faculty Diversity Initiatives:
Faculty Diversity Initiatives at UMBC supports campus-wide initiatives designed to enhance and support faculty diversity at UMBC.

Eminent Scholar Mentoring Program

This two-year program  facilitates a mentoring relationship between newly-hired UMBC tenure-track Assistant Professor and a prominent researcher in their field.

UMBC Postdoctoral Fellows Program for Faculty Diversity

This two-year program for recent Ph.D. recipients is designed to support promising scholars committed to diversity in the academy and to prepare them for possible tenure-track appointments at UMBC. Each fellow is provided teaching and research mentors and specialized professional development opportunities across campus. The fellow receives a starting stipend of $38,000, health benefits, $3,000 for conference travel and preparation of scholarly work, office space with computer, lab space (if required), library and other privileges at the university. During the two-year term of appointment, the fellow is expected to teach one course a year in the host department.

Executive Committee on the Recruitment, Retention and Advancement of Underrepresented Minority Faculty

The committee guides the development and implementation of initiatives to enhance faculty diversity at UMBC, and provides advice and counsel to the Provost on issues and concerns associated with the hiring, retention and advancement of underrepresented minority faculty at UMBC.


The ADVANCE Program is committed to increasing the representation and advancement of faculty women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields (STEM). It represents an institutionalization of the best practices and initiatives that resulted from a NSF ADVANCE Program Institutional Transformation 5 Year Award (2003-09). Under that award, UMBC was recognized as a national model for successfully transforming many of our longstanding institutional policies and practices. The ADVANCE Program continues under the direction of the ADVANCE Executive Committee, chaired by the Provost and funded by his office, demonstrating UMBC’s commitment to excellence and our core belief that attention to diversity within the STEM fields fulfills our mission to foster cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility and lifelong learning.

For more information on any of these initiatives, please contact Autumn Reed, Program Coordinator for Faculty Diversity Initiatives, at 410-455-1099 or