CITL Faculty Fellows Program 2021-21

May 3, 2021 | Faculty, From the Dean

To: All Divisional Faculty and Researchers
From: Dean's Office
Subject: CITL Faculty Fellows Program 2021-21

CITL Faculty Fellows Program 2021-22:
Leadership for Equity in STEM

Facilitated by Professors Needhi Bhalla, Christina Ravelo, and Jody Greene

Application deadline: May 24, 2021

The Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning (CITL) at UC Santa Cruz invites senate and non-senate faculty to apply to join our fifth cohort of Faculty Fellows.

CITL Faculty Fellows constitute themselves as a community of peers engaging with higher education research, reflecting on their teaching, exploring campus policy and practice with relation to issues facing students and faculty, and supporting the culture of teaching and learning.

For the first time, in 2021-22 we will be transitioning Faculty Fellows into a program called Leadership for Equity. The program will be co-facilitated by Associate Dean and Professor of Ocean Sciences Christina Ravelo and Professor of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology Needhi Bhalla, along with CITL Founding Director Jody Greene. In addition to engaging with research and practice related to the transformation of our individual approaches to teaching, mentoring and learning, Leadership for Equity will offer 15 Fellows the opportunity to develop skills as a leader-among-peers in the area of educational and institutional equity. Activities and priorities of the program will include:

  •  Honing skills as an “equity-minded practitioner” in your own teaching and mentoring practices
  •  Learning to understand, interpret, and take action based on disaggregated data on undergraduate, graduate student and faculty outcomes and achievements
  • Developing peer leadership expertise in order to influence transformative practice at the departmental or divisional level
  • Developing and implementing strategies to counter resistance to departmental or divisional changes that improve equity

Fellows will be expected to attend 4 meetings per quarter (Friday lunchtime), including hands-on workshops, reading-group-style discussions, visits by campus experts in research and practice related to equity and inclusivity, the development of peer leadership skills, and occasional special events involving outside speakers. The Faculty Fellows will have the opportunity, if they so desire, to invite speakers to address the Fellows group and/or the campus as a whole and to host events, town halls, and initiatives related to our thematic focus.

Senate Faculty are eligible to receive a research fellowship of $2,000 to offset the time devoted to the Leadership for Equity in STEM program. Lecturers are eligible for $2000 in Professional Development funds, which can be used to attend a conference or for the purchase of instructional technologies/equipment.

Application Information

Please submit the following materials only, by noon on Monday, May 24th to

  1. A statement of no more than one page detailing why you are interested in
    being a CITL Leadership for Equity in STEM Fellow and what you hope to
    accomplish as a result of your participation in the program.
  2.  A statement of no more than one page describing your history of engagement
    with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM teaching, learning, and/or


All STEM faculty are invited to apply, including Senate faculty and non-Senate faculty. For the
purposes of this grant, “STEM” faculty are defined as faculty in PBSci and SOE, as well as
faculty in STEM-adjacent primarily quantitative fields (including but not limited to Cognitive
Psychology, Economics, and other quantitative fields).

In 2022-23 we will be running a second cohort of Leadership for Equity across all divisions.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact