Application Information

NextGen Professors: Call for Applications

NextGen Professors is a career-development program focused on preparing Cornell graduate students and postdocs for faculty careers across institutional types. The primary audience for this program is doctoral students (in year 3 or beyond) and postdocs from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the professoriate, and/or those with a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion, access and equity in academia. Participants are members of a cohort who together, engage in series of professional and career development activities including monthly NextGen Professors meetings, Power Mentoring Sessions with faculty, and the Future Professors Institute. Participants also engage in program offerings of CIRTL at Cornell, which focus on effectively integrating research and teaching skills for career development.

Important Dates

(to apply for the 2019-2020 cohort)

  • Application Package Priority Submission Date: September 27, 2019
  • Decisions released by mid-October 2019
  • First Cohort Meeting: October 30, 2019

Eligibility Criteria

This program is focused on advancing diversity and inclusion within the professoriate with an emphasis on engaging doctoral students and postdocs from backgrounds historically underrepresented in academia, and/or those with a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion, access and equity in academia. Backgrounds historically underrepresented in the professoriate include the following:

  1. first-generation college student
  2. member of an ethnic or racial group historically underrepresented in the academy (Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Native Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino)
  3. scholars managing a disability
  4. being of a gender or orientation identity historically underrepresented in their field of study,
  5. veterans

Doctoral students applying to the program should be in Year 3 of their doctoral studies or beyond.

Application Instructions

To apply, please fill out the NextGen Professors Application, within which you will be prompted to upload the following documents. Follow the links for our recommended resources on developing these mini statements.

Note: We appreciate that the task of preparing these documents could feel daunting for future faculty who have not yet begun to develop such statements. However, draft statements should be reflective based on your experiences thus far and should also consider what you hope to accomplish in the near future as you prepare for the academic job market. These documents will serve as baseline products that NextGen Professor will build upon and refine over the course of the year through their participation in this program.

Apply

Link to Application Form in Qualtrics

Sponsorship

This initiative is co-sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement, and CIRTL at Cornell. It is also supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1647094 (CIRTL AGEP). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Contact

Please contact Graduate School Associate Dean for Inclusion & Student Engagement Sara Xayarath Hernández (sh267@cornell.edu) or CIRTL at Cornell Executive Director Colleen McLinn (cmm252@cornell.edu) with questions about this opportunity.