Diversity at UTC

Academic Affairs supports diversity as a means to enrich the experience of students, expand the professional development of faculty, and provide opportunities for recruiting a diverse workforce that mimics and models the diversity of our community and state. To achieve these objectives, Academic Affairs accepts requests for funding in three specific areas: 1) Faculty & Staff Development Awards, 2) Faculty & Staff Opportunity Hiring Awards, and 3) Promoting Equity and Diversity on Campus Awards. Each of the funding areas has a specific focus for accomplishing our Strategic Plan Goal: “Embrace diversity and inclusion as a path to excellence and societal change.”

Each of the funding areas is described in detail below. An application form and scoring rubric is provided as part of the description for each award. Contact our office if you have questions.

 


Equity and Diversity Awards Proposal 

 

   Application Form for Equity and Diversity Awards Proposal 


Diverse Faculty & Staff Development Awards

 

Diverse Faculty and Staff Development Awards are designed to enhance the career trajectory of the faculty member in teaching and scholarship, such that there is a positive impact on future promotion and tenure application. Examples of requests could include funding to support travel to professional development workshops and conferences, travel to present scholarship, or funding to support research and scholarship. Staff awards are for the purpose of professional development and career advancement. Projects should align with Goal 4 of UTC’s Strategic Plan to embrace diversity and inclusion as a path to excellence and societal change.

Eligibility includes any under-represented class of individuals, such as racial and ethnic groups and classes of individuals under-represented in a discipline or profession. Examples of individuals under-represented in a profession could be a male in the nursing profession or a female in science or math. Priority for funding faculty will be those faculty in the pre-tenure phase of their careers; requests for funding will also be considered for tenured faculty.

The award is up to $3,000.

Requests for Diverse Faculty and Staff Development Awards will be made August 15, December 15 and April 1 of a budget year. Funding decision will be made four weeks after the request for proposals. Funding can cross fiscal years but must be expended by July 31st of the next fiscal year.

Awardees are expected to complete a final report submitted to the Office of the Provost within 60 days of the conclusion of the projects.

 

 Application Form and Evaluation Rubric

Awardees are expected to complete a final report submitted to the Office of the Provost within 60 days of the conclusion of the projects.


 

Diverse Faculty  and Staff Opportunity Hiring Awards

 

Diverse Faculty and Staff Opportunity Hiring Awards are designed to assist departments in hiring diverse faculty and staff as a means to infuse equity and diversity into every aspect of the University’s teaching, learning, research, service, and outreach. Projects should align with Goal 4 of UTC’s Strategic Plan to embrace diversity and inclusion as a path to excellence and societal change.

Academic departments can request funding to support hiring diverse faculty. The funding cannot be used for typical nine-month salary support but could be used, for example, to enhance a start-up package, cover summer salary or pay the faculty member to teach during the summer. Summer salary can only be covered for one summer (maximum of $15,000) and funding to teach in the summer is only provided for a total of four courses over two summers (maximum of $10,000).

Campus units may request funding to support hiring a diverse staff member. Funding, for example, could be requested to support a portion of the moving expenses for a staff hire. Funding requests may require review by Human Resources to ensure it is in compliance with UT System regulations.

Eligibility includes any under-represented class of individuals, such as racial and ethnic groups and classes of individuals under-represented in a discipline or profession. Examples of individuals under-represented in a profession could be a male in the nursing profession or a female in a STEM field.

The award amount will vary due to the difference in faculty salary and the amount of start-up required in specific disciplines. This award is a supplement to routine start-up packages and will not fund the majority of a start-up request. Funding for faculty hires will not exceed the following examples, summer salary - $15,000, summer teaching - $10,000 and start-up supplement - $10,000.

Requests for Diverse Faculty and Staff Opportunity Hiring Awards will be accepted anytime during a budget year. Funding can be awarded for up to 12 months and can cross fiscal years.

Awardees are expected to complete a final report submitted to the Office of the Provost within 60 days of the project’s conclusion.

 

 

 Application Form and Evaluation Rubric

 


 

Promoting Equity and Diversity on Campus Awards

Promoting Equity and Diversity on Campus Awards are designed to infuse equity and diversity into every aspect of the University’s teaching, learning, research, service, and outreach by funding projects that support equity and diversity initiatives. Projects should align with Goal 4 of UTC’s Strategic Plan to embrace diversity and inclusion as a path to excellence and societal change.

The award funding ranges from $500 to $7,500.

Project activities must be open to all students, faculty, and staff and cannot be limited to in-class presentations. Projects must have the potential of impacting a significant portion of the campus community. Project activities should promote mutual respect on campus, enhance understanding of diversity, and/or promote equity and social justice. Examples of funding include a seminar series that addresses issues of diversity or the development of skits or vignettes that portray diversity bias or understanding. 

Any faculty or staff member is eligible to receive a Promoting Equity and Diversity on Campus Award.

Requests for Promoting Equity and Diversity on Campus Awards will be made August 15, December 15 and April 1 of a budget year. Funding decisions will be made four weeks after the request for proposals. Funding can cross fiscal years but must be expended by July 31st of the next fiscal year.

 

    Application Form and Evaluation Rubric

Awardees are expected to complete a final report submitted to the Office of the Provost within 60 days of the conclusion of the project.