The American Evaluation Association (AEA) is now seeking applications from those interested in participating in the Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Faculty Initiative. This initiative will bring a cohort of faculty from MSIs* together throughout the 2023-2024 academic year to participate in webinars, orientation, and the AEA annual conference.
We seek faculty members from groups traditionally under-represented in the applied social sciences, public health, or education working at a Minority Serving Institution* who are looking for an opportunity to participate in professional development opportunities, expand their professional network, and improve their knowledge and understanding of topics related to evaluation, assessment, and applied research.
Join MSI Program Director Art Hernandez, AEA, and former Fellows as they discuss the program experience and answer your questions. This is an excellent opportunity to get an inside perspective on what it is like to participate as a MSI Fellow and the program expectations.
Program Purpose: The overall purpose of the initiative is to increase the participation of evaluators and academics from underrepresented groups in the profession of evaluation and in the American Evaluation Association. The MSI Faculty Initiative identifies this group of potential and practicing evaluators by drawing from faculty at MSIs. The program focuses on:
Program Goals: The goals of the program are to help faculty at MSIs to:
1. Enhance the evaluation activities and/or curriculum in their departments or universities
2. Orient students to evaluation as a career/profession
3. Disseminate information about evaluation and AEA to colleagues
4. Expand their knowledge of evaluation; and
5. Encourage collaborative writing projects that reflect cross-disciplinary ideals
MSI Fellow Expectations: The MSI faculty are required to participate in the following programmatic activities
Financial Support: The following financial support is provided to those participating in the MSI Faculty Initiative
Eligibility Requirements: To be considered for the AEA MSI Faculty Initiative, applicants must:
1. Be a full-time faculty member at a Minority Serving Institution within the United States and Puerto Rico.
2. Have a course assignment that includes the teaching of an evaluation and/or research methods course within one's academic department,
3. Teach in the education, social/behavioral sciences, physical/natural sciences, humanities, public health, or business or non-profit administration,
4. Demonstrate interest (through a written essay) in learning more about evaluation theory, methods, and the profession as well as a commitment to integrating new learning from initiative participation within your class structure,
5. Demonstrate initiative (through a brief written essay) describing how you would coordinate collaboration with other MSI Fellows and develop a timeline for the submission of program tasks (e.g., course enhancement report, blog posts, and group paper presentations) based upon your experience with malleable professional development
6. Provide a letter of support from the appropriate Department Chair or Dean. This letter should include a statement of understanding the institutional commitment to provide support and mentorship to you as a Fellow during the fellowship year
Want to learn more about the MSI Fellowship? Contact MSI Coordinator Dr. Art Hernandez via firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for the MSI program FAQ and learn more about the 2023-2024 MSI cohort.
* A minority serving institution is a federally recognized Title IV institution of higher education that serves minority populations. Learn more here.