President Loh joins the final luncheon of the 2014-2015 AFD Cohort

May 13, 2015

Call for Applications:
2015-2016 Program

UMD ADVANCE, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and the Office for Faculty Affairs are pleased to announce this call for the 2015- 2016 ADVANCING Faculty Diversity Program, a year-long research career development and leadership training program for UMD tenure-track and non-tenure track full-time faculty of color.

The ADVANCING Faculty Diversity program will be lead by Dr. Stephen B. Thomas, Professor of Health Services Administration, Founding Director of the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity, and a national leader in advancing faculty diversity, and will be co-facilitated by ADVANCE Co-Director and Professor of Higher Education, Dr. KerryAnn O'Meara.

Objectives: The ADVANCING Faculty Diversity Program aims to:

  • Improve participant knowledge of the requirements and processes involved in the tenure and promotion process
  • Expand participants’ peer support networks
  • Decrease isolation and improve collaboration
  • Enhance the agency participants feel about career advancement
  • Recognize the unique contributions and excellence of diverse faculty
  • Advise the Chief Diversity Officer on strategies to retain and advance under-represented minority faculty

The ADVANCE Program coordinates the application process and logistics for this program. Assistant and Associate tenure track and non-tenure track full-time faculty of color are eligible to apply. Please note this program is for men AND women from all disciplines and fields. Please submit a short letter of interest discussing why this program is of interest to the applicant at this point in his or her career to We are currently accepting applications until the program is full. Every effort will be made to select individuals in the spirit of diversity and inclusion and to select a cohort that is representative of all UMD colleges and schools.

Download the Application Flyer here.

“To foster excellence in education and research and to effectively serve the state, the nation, and the world, UMD must be diverse and inclusive—thus the notion of ‘inclusive excellence.’ We need to cultivate and sustain a faculty body that represents the communities we serve and we need to ensure that all faculty, and particularly those from underrepresented groups, have opportunities to be fully engaged, to thrive, and to help shape the future of the University.”
Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden, Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President, Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Related Links

The University of Maryland ADVANCE program website

Related People
Stephen B. Thomas