Summary: In order to stimulate the consideration of and conversations about diversity and inclusion within
and across Franklin units, the college supports the Franklin Visiting Scholar initiative. The goal
of this initiative is to bring scholars to campus who might expose students and faculty to
underrepresented and/or diversity conscious scholars who can assist units in developing diverse
professional networks for both faculty and graduate student recruitment, development, and
retention; inform units about effective discipline-based strategies for creating a climate for
diversity and inclusion; as well as assist in developing new collaborations. Six to eight proposals
are funded per academic year. Each unit may submit one application per year.
The college will match unit(s)' pledges (up to $1000.00) to fund 2-4 day visits by faculty who
are leaders in their discipline, especially as it relates to diversity and inclusion.
Examples of eligible faculty that may be considered for these awards include:
· Faculty who are nationally recognized or emerging scholars and who are also members of
underrepresented populations within their discipline.
· Faculty who engage in research or outreach within their discipline in order to facilitate the
recruitment/retention of diverse faculties and/or graduate students
· Faculty who are nationally recognized in regards to the infusion of multiculturalism into
· Faculty who have been nationally recognized for their success in diversifying their
discipline (e.g. Principal Investigator of a campus ADVANCE center).
· Faculty who are engaged in research/scholarship that is focused upon the concerns and