Diversity

Visiting Professor Program

University departments are invited to apply for financial support to bring role models who are historically underrepresented in their field of expertise to Michigan Tech’s campus. Visitors do not need to have a terminal degree or a faculty position to qualify for support. The Visiting Professor program dates correspond to the State of Michigan's fiscal year which runs from October 1 to September 30. Funding is applicable to programs scheduled during this time.

Lecture Series

Purpose
  • Offer Michigan Tech students opportunities to interact with representatives from industry, education, government, and nonprofit organizations
  • Present information about a variety of professional careers
  • Increase students’ awareness and knowledge of national and international issues
  • Provide key role models to students
  • Encourage and support possible research and teaching collaborations with Michigan Tech faculty and graduate students

Awards up to $750 are available to match department funds for lectures, workshops, or seminars presented by off-campus experts. To be eligible for this award, the host departments should schedule at least one informal meeting with students in which the lecturer can discuss their work experiences. The visiting lecturer must offer, on campus, a lecture, workshop, and/or seminar for Michigan Tech students and faculty in a particular subject area that enhances knowledge in that discipline. These presentations can be open to the general public or designed for specific audiences.

The application should describe a clear plan for advertising/promoting lecturer activities, include a copy of the lecturer’s resume or biography, and a tentative budget. Awards will be made to those departments who identify strong candidates, present a coordinated plan for interaction between the lecturer and the target audience(s), and provide an equal or greater match for the visit. It is recommended that the speakers who come to Michigan Tech interact with other King-Chavez-Parks (KCP) program participants, such as GEAR UP , MiCUP, and the Future Faculty Program.

Scholar Series

Purpose
  • Host scholars who are historically underrepresented in their field of expertise, who may be potential faculty
  • Provide opportunities for networking, nurturing collaborations, and developing new partnerships
  • Enhance students’ academic experience

Awards up to $1,750 are available to assist in bringing scholars to Michigan Tech’s campus. Visiting Scholar assignments might include a summer session class, an academic year classroom teaching assignment in designated courses and seminars for faculty, graduate students, and/or undergraduate students. The visit is ideally scheduled for an extended period of time. Informal interactions with students and faculty should also be scheduled. Departments are encouraged to seek out scholars with the potential to become Michigan Tech faculty or research collaborators.

Awards will be given first to those departments who: identify strong candidates, plan extended opportunities for interactions, and are able to match the award in order to increase the time that the scholar is on campus. Departments may also propose to bring a scholar to Michigan Tech for an academic semester or summer session, using the Visiting Professor award to contribute to the total negotiated salary or honorarium for that person.  Scholars who visit Michigan Tech are encouraged to interact with other King-Chavez-Parks (KCP) program participants, such as GEAR UP, MiCUP, and the Future Faculty Program.

Legislative Directive

Purpose
  • SECTION 1: Public Act 265 of 2018 Legislative Direction 
    Sec. 280.

    (1) Included in the appropriation for fiscal year 2018-2019 for each public university in section 236 is funding for the Martin Luther King Jr. – Cesar Chavez – Rosa Parks visiting professors program which is intended to increase the number of instructors in the classroom to provide role models for academically or economically disadvantaged students. Preference may not be given to participants on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, gender, or national origin. Public universities should encourage participation from those who would otherwise not adequately be represented in the student population.

    (2) The program described in this section shall be administered by the workforce development agency.

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    SECTION 2: Program Description

    The Martin Luther King, Jr. – Cesar Chavez – Rosa Parks Visiting Professors Program was created by the Michigan State Legislature in 1986 as part of the larger KCP Initiative, designed to stem the downward spiral for college graduation rates for students underrepresented in postsecondary education. The purpose of the VP Program is to increase the number of instructors in the classroom to provide role models for academically or economically disadvantaged students.

    Preference may not be given to visiting faculty on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, gender, or national origin. Universities should encourage applications from instructors who would otherwise not be adequately represented in the faculty. Visiting Professors should be selected for their ability to contribute a unique perspective that lends itself to helping the target audience become active participants in a knowledge-based global economy.