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New Funding Opportunities for Faculty

The Center for Latino Studies at the University of Houston-Downtown is pleased to announce three new internal fellowships for current UHD faculty. Each award provides up to $3,000 in the form of stipends and allowances to support innovative, collaborative, and high-impact faculty projects focused on Latino/a/@/x and Latin American communities. Awardees will also have access to state-of-the-art meeting space as well as opportunities to interact with Latino Studies students, faculty, and external partners. We recognize that broad faculty engagement is the foundation of a strong academic program, and is crucial for expanding its impact across our campus and community. Collectively, these new funding opportunities aim to develop and sustain a robust, dynamic, and collegial community of faculty collectively committed to advancing the ongoing development of Latino Studies in three key areas: teaching, scholarly and creative work, and community engagement. The ultimate goal of the fellowships is to incentivize faculty contributions to the Center’s inter-disciplinary, university-wide initiative of developing a cutting-edge twenty-first century degree program in Latino Studies at UHD.

Teaching Fellow in Latino Studies
Teaching Fellows in Latino Studies work with Center for Latino Studies leadership to develop, implement, and strengthen new curriculum in Latino Studies in disciplines where existing Latino-focused courses are limited or nonexistent. New courses should serve the new Latino Studies major currently in development by expanding opportunities for UHD students to learn about Latino communities from diverse disciplinary perspectives and professional approaches.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop one new Latino-focused course* in a discipline with limited or no current Latino Studies offerings
  • Obtain institutional approval through Curriculog to offer course in applicant’s discipline and cross-list with Latino Studies (LATS)
  • Teach course as part of regular faculty workload and course rotation upon approval
  • Contribute to the implementation of Intro to Latino Studies course
  • Maintain active presence in Center for Latino Studies events and activities for duration of award term
  • Participate in the selection of subsequent fellow(s)

Award: Up to $3,000 to be distributed as follows: up to $500 allowance for books, resources, and materials at beginning of award period; $500 stipend plus $500 allowance for course-related event/activity following Census Day of semester in which new course is successfully enrolled and run for first time following successful approval through Curriculog**; $1,000 upon submission of report outlining teaching outcomes and proposed course revisions; $500 stipend following Census Day of semester in which revised course is offered for second time.

Notes: *Proposed course must be a new undergraduate course with a focus on Latinos and/or Latin America. New courses are defined as those not currently offered or on the books at UHD. Special Topics and Directed Readings courses are not eligible.

Latino Studies Course Development Priorities include the following disciplines:

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Urban Education
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Engineering
  • Geography
  • Health Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Natural Sciences

**Additional $500 stipend is available for new courses successfully incorporated into any Core Curriculum category, except 030—Language, Philosophy, and Culture.

Research Fellow in Latino Studies/ Creative Fellow in Latino Studies
Research Fellows in Latino Studies and Creative Fellows in Latino Studies work with Center for Latino Studies leadership to develop and sustain innovative faculty collaborations designed to support, enhance, and disseminate original scholarship and creative works related to Latino communities. Proposed working groups should address a specific theme and engage faculty from diverse disciplinary backgrounds in ways that promote professional development in areas critical to the proposed major in Latino Studies.

Responsibilities:

  • Organize and Lead Faculty Working Group in Latino Studies* for one academic year (up to $500 in startup costs)
  • Develop and Submit, in collaboration with Latino Studies leadership an institutional grant proposal to support special research, creative projects, or faculty development in Latino Studies growing out of the Working Group in Latino Studies**
  • Coordinate and Execute one Public Program featuring outcomes of, or related to, Working Group (up to $500 budget)
  • Maintain active presence in Center for Latino Studies events and activities for duration of award term
  • Participate in the selection of subsequent fellow(s)

Award: Up to $3,000 to be distributed as follows: up to $1,000 in budget allowances, as outlined above; and up to $2,000 in faculty stipend(s) upon final report submission, following successful completion of one academic year working group, public program, and grant proposal submission.***

Notes: *A Working Group is defined as a group of five or more faculty members working together across institutional and/or disciplinary boundaries to achieve a specific objective related to the production and dissemination of original scholarship and/or creative work. Faculty leaders can structure working groups around a shared project, theme, issue, task, etc. Examples of working groups include writing groups, reading groups, research collaboratives, etc. Working groups must be directly related to Latino and/or Latin American communities.

**Proposed grants must directly support the research activities of multiple faculty members through the Center for Latino Studies. The research fellow will serve as the principal investigator (PI) and will work with at least one member of the Center for Latino Studies leadership. Eligible grants must explicitly name the Center for Latino Studies as a sponsor and beneficiary of the grant in the proposal/application. Completed grant proposals must be submitted through the UHD Office for Sponsored Programs. Individual research or travel grants or those that otherwise do not have the potential to fund broad scholarly initiatives are not eligible.

***Stipend allowance may be paid out to the faculty working group leader, or distributed to faculty working group members. Applicant should detail stipend allocation(s) in the budget.

Community Engagement Fellow in Latino Studies
Community Engagement Fellows in Latino Studies work with Center for Latino Studies leadership and community partners to engage current UHD students in high-impact learning experiences centered on serving Latino communities beyond the walls of the university. Community engagement projects enhance the educational experience of student participants by bridging academic knowledge with hands-on work addressing a specific need as articulated by key stakeholders within the targeted community.

Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement a Latino-focused Community Engagement Project involving at least 5 current UHD students (up to $500 in startup costs)
  • Develop and Submit, in collaboration with Latino Studies leadership, an institutional grant proposal or other gift to sustain community engagement project in Latino Studies*
  • Coordinate and Execute one Public Program featuring outcomes of, or related to, Community Engagement Project (up to $500 budget)
  • Maintain active presence in Center for Latino Studies events and activities for duration of award term
  • Participate in the selection of subsequent fellow(s)

Award: Up to $3,000 to be distributed as follows: up to $1,000 in budget allowances, as outlined above; up to $2,000 in stipends for faculty and/or awards for student participants, upon submission of final report, following successful completion of one academic year working group, public event, and scholar visit.

Notes:
*Proposed grants must directly support the community engagement project involving at least one faculty member and at least five UHD students administered through the Center for Latino Studies. The applicant will serve as the principal investigator (PI) and will work with at least one member of the Center for Latino Studies team to develop the proposal. Eligible grants must explicitly name the Center for Latino Studies as a sponsor and beneficiary of the grant in the proposal/application. Complete grant proposals must be submitted through the UHD Office for Sponsored Programs, and where appropriate work in collaboration with the UHD Advancement team. Individual awards, travel grants, or forms of sponsorship that otherwise do not have the potential to fund broad community engagement initiatives are not eligible.

Eligibility for Latino Studies Fellowships:

  • Current UHD faculty member in any college or department, including adjuncts, lecturers, tenure-track, tenured, and visiting professors
  • Terminal degree in their discipline/field of study
  • Past engagement in Center for Latino Studies events and activities preferred

Responsibilities

  • Fulfillment of Fellowship requirements as outlined above
  • Commitment to professional conduct within CLS community
  • Engagement with CLS programs and activities
  • Contribution to Intro to Latino Studies course
  • Submission of Final Report detailing achievements

How to Apply
Please submit a 2-page abbreviated CV; a 200-word project abstract; a detailed budget outlining how stipends and allowances will be allocated and distributed, and a proposal of no more than 2 single-spaced pages addressing the following:

  • theme and scope of the proposed project
  • how it advances the goals of the Center for Latino Studies
  • statement of eligibility and qualification
  • detailed plan and timeline for executing the major responsibilities associated with the specific fellowship.

Materials should be submitted digitally as a single PDF file to lucerobo@uhd.edu by April 30, 2020 for priority consideration. Please write in the subject of your email “Latino Studies Fellowships”. Applications will be evaluated by a faculty committee, with priority consideration given to proposals with the greatest potential to advance the development of the Latino Studies program. Up to five awards will be made to the strongest applications in any category.

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New Funding Opportunities for Faculty

The Center for Latino Studies and the College of Public Service at the University of Houston-Downtown are pleased to announce up to three new internal fellowships for current full-time CPS faculty. Each award provides a course release for the Spring 2021 semester and a $500 book allowance to support the development of new courses in criminal justice, social work, or urban education that focus on Latino communities. These fellowships support the development and implementation of inclusive content and culturally-relevant pedagogies in UHD’s Public Service curriculum, with an emphasis on Latino/a/@/x and Latin American communities. By incentivizing Public Service faculty to develop Latino-centered courses, these fellowships contribute to a broader initiative by the Center for Latino Studies to align the curriculum and degree programs available to UHD students across the university with the institution’s Hispanic-serving mission goal. Ultimately, this initiative aims to produce and sustain an academic experience that embraces the vibrant diversity of UHD’s student body and maximizes academic achievement across racial and ethnic lines.

Public Service Fellow in Latino Studies

Public Service Fellows in Latino Studies will work with Center for Latino Studies leadership to develop, implement, and strengthen new curriculum in Latino Studies in disciplines where existing Latino-focused courses are limited or nonexistent. New courses should serve the new Latino Studies major currently in development by expanding opportunities for UHD students to learn about Latino communities from diverse disciplinary perspectives and professional approaches.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop one new Latino-focused course that recognizes the contributions of Latinx scholars and/or addresses challenges faced by Latinx communities, according to minimum guidelines.
  • Obtain institutional approval at the appropriate levels for the modified existing course or new course
  • Commit to teaching the course within two academic semesters upon the courses departmental or institutional approval
  • Engage with Center for Latino Studies events and activities for duration of award term
  • Participate in the selection of subsequent fellow(s)

Award:
A course release with departmental consent, and up to $500 allowance for books, resources, and materials at beginning of award period.

Eligibility:

  • Current Full Time Faculty in CST, including Tenured, Tenure-Track, and Lecturers.
  • Interested in developing a new course that centers Latino and/or Latin American communities or experiences
    • New courses are defined as those not currently offered or on the books at UHD. (Directed Readings courses are not eligible)
    • Possible course topics centering Latinos include but are not limited to:
      • Immigration Enforcement, Asylum, Refugees
      • Latinos and the Prison Industrial Complex
      • Latina/o Parent, Community and School Partnerships
      • Latinas/os and Social Justice in Contemporary America
      • Inequality and Educational Policy
      • Public Health Issues in Latina/o Communities
      • Latinas/os and Social Justice Movements
      • Latinos and Mental Health
      • Social Work in Latino Communities

How to Apply Please submit a 2-page abbreviated CV; a 200-word project abstract; a detailed budget outlining how book stipend will be spent, and a proposal of no more than 2 single-spaced pages addressing the following:

  • theme and scope of the proposed project
  • how it advances the goals of the Center for Latino Studies
  • statement of eligibility and qualification
  • detailed plan and timeline for executing the major responsibilities associated with the specific fellowship.

Applicants should submit their materials digitally as a single PDF file to lucerobo@uhd.edu by Friday, October 4, 2020, for priority consideration. Please write in the subject of your email “Public Service Fellow in Latino Studies”. Applications will be evaluated by a faculty committee, with priority consideration given to proposals with the greatest potential to advance the development of the Latino Studies program. Up to three awards will be made to the strongest applications.

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New Funding Opportunities for STEM Faculty

The Center for Latino Studies and the NS SynergIE program at the University of Houston-Downtown are pleased to announce up to five new internal fellowships for full time faculty in the College of Sciences and Technology. Each award provides either a course release for the Spring 2021 semester or $3,200 in the form of stipends in the summer of 2021, made possible by the generous support of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and UHD SynergIE. These fellowships support the development and implementation of inclusive content and culturally-relevant pedagogies in UHD’s STEM curriculum, with an emphasis on Latino/a/@/x and Latin American communities. By incentivizing STEM faculty to develop Latino-centered courses, these fellowships contribute to a broader initiative by the Center for Latino Studies to align the curriculum and degree programs available to UHD students across the university with the institution’s Hispanic-serving mission goal. Ultimately, this initiative aims to produce and sustain an academic experience that embraces the vibrant diversity of UHD’s student body and maximizes academic achievement across racial and ethnic lines.


STEM Teaching Fellow in Latino Studies

STEM Fellows in Latino Studies will work with Center for Latino Studies leadership to develop, implement, and strengthen new curriculum in Latino Studies in disciplines where existing Latino-focused courses are limited or nonexistent. New courses should serve the new Latino Studies major currently in development by expanding opportunities for UHD students to learn about Latino communities from diverse disciplinary perspectives and professional approaches across Science and Technology.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop one new Latino-focused course or modify an existing STEM course that recognizes the contributions of LatinX STEM scholars and/or addresses challenges faced by LatinX communities, according to minimum guidelines.
  • Obtain institutional approval at the appropriate levels for the modified existing course or new course
  • Commit to teaching the course within two academic semesters upon the courses departmental or institutional approval
  • Engage with Center for Latino Studies events and activities for duration of award term
  • Participate in the selection of subsequent fellow(s)

Award:
Up to $3,200 to be distributed as follows: (1) a course release with departmental consent or summer stipend, and (2) up to $500 allowance for books, resources, and materials at beginning of award period.

Eligibility:

  • Current Full Time Faculty in CST, including Tenured, Tenure-Track, and Lecturers
  • Interested in developing a new course that centers Latino and/or Latin American communities or experiences o New courses are defined as those not currently offered or on the books at UHD. (Directed Readings courses are not eligible)
  • Possible course topics centering Latinos include but are not limited to:
    • environmental racism
    • health disparities
    • teaching STEM bilingually and/or in culturally-relevant ways
    • the digital divide
    • race, ethnicity, and sustainability
    • history of science in the Americas
    • disparate impact of epidemic disease
    • technologies of social justice
    • biology of difference
    • physiology of racism
    • interrogating scientific racism
    • (your topic here)

How to Apply

Please submit a 2-page abbreviated CV; a 200-word project abstract; a detailed budget outlining how book stipends and allowances will be spent, and a proposal of no more than 2 single-spaced pages addressing the following:

  • theme and scope of the proposed project
  • how it advances the goals of the Center for Latino Studies
  • statement of eligibility and qualification
  • detailed plan and timeline for executing the major responsibilities associated with the specific fellowship.

Applicants should submit their materials digitally as a single PDF file to lucerobo@uhd.edu by Friday, October 4, 2020, for priority consideration. Please write in the subject of your email “STEM Teaching Fellow in Latino Studies”. Applications will be evaluated by a faculty committee, with priority consideration given to proposals with the greatest potential to advance the development of the Latino Studies program. Up to five awards will be made to the strongest applications.


2020-2021 Teaching Fellows

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