For junior faculty in academia, professional advancement and earning tenure are primary career goals. At The City College of New York, the CUNY Mellon Faculty Diversity Career Enhancement Initiative provides new faculty a greater shot at attaining both.
Six junior faculty members – more than at any other City University of New York institution — make up the second cohort of CFDI fellows at City College. As participants in the program funded by the Mellon Foundation and run by CUNY’s Office of Recruitment and Diversity, they will receive support and opportunities for research, writing seminars and professional workshops.
The 2018 faculty fellows, all assistant professors, and their research topics are:
- Tashuna Albritton, CUNY School of Medicine at CCNY Department of Community Health and Social Medicine, “Addressing HIV and Sexually Transmitted Disease Disparity among African American Youth;”
- Andrea Felber Seligman, history, “Gender Diversities in Early Africa;”
- Norma Fuentes-Mayorga, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, “When Women Come First: Immigration, Gender, Race, and Boundary Crossing;”
- Trevar Riley-Reid, Raphael Cohen Library, “We Don’t Need the Library: We Have Google: A Possible Future for the Academic Library;”
- Nilda Sanchez-Rodriguez, Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture Library, “In Pursuit of Diversity in the Library Profession: An Effective Approach to Leadership in Academia;” and
- Laurie Woodard, history, “A Real Negro Girl: Fredi Washington and the Politics of Performance during the New Negro Renaissance.”
Vanessa K. Valdés, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Division of Humanities and the Arts, is faculty mentor for the 18-month duration of the program.
“They’re all working on incredibly interesting projects pertinent to this historical moment and to City College’s mission,” said Valdés.
Noting that the other CUNY schools in the program, Brooklyn (two), Hunter (four) and Queens (four) had fewer fellows selected than City College, she added: “I am pleased to play a small part in how City supports new faculty on their journey to tenure and promotion.”
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