- Improve time to degree for Latino Studies graduate students
- Improve the quality of dissertations by providing extra support from mentors, programming, and writing consultation
- Make students more competitive job candidates
- Leave in place good practices for the universities and centers involved
Strengthen the field of Latino Studies by building a network of successful early career academics.
SUPPORT FOR FELLOWS
Our program provides three primary forms of support for the fellows:
1) Dissertation Writing Support
2) Professional Development Support
3) Job Market Support
Fellows attend writing sessions and workshops at the Summer Institute, monthly meetings with their mentors for additional feedback on their writing and research, and monthly teleconferences with the program coordinator to discuss writing and revision. Sustained interaction with the cohort gives each fellow peer feedback and promotes accountability to colleagues. Mentors work closely with fellows to help them map career trajectories and to expand their networking opportunities, while providing advice about job applications and the interview process. At the Summer Institute fellows attend workshops on the process of publishing peer-reviewed articles and submitting book proposals as well as talks on Latino Studies, postdoctoral fellowships, assistant professorships, civic engagement, and "alt-ac" careers. Additionally, the program coordinator is available to consult with fellows on conference participation, publication plans, and dossier materials.
The program is committed to helping fellows as they search for academic employment throughout the fellowship year. Before academic job search announcements are made for the year, fellows attend workshops on searching, applying, and interviewing at the Summer Institute. Finally, during the academic year, the program can arrange interview and job talk practice via videoconference to supplement the mock interviews and job talks fellows do at their home institutions.
With these forms of support available, fellows are in the best position to complete strong dissertations, defend in a timely manner, and compete in a fierce job market.
PARTICIPATING IUPLR MEMBER CENTER DIRECTORS
John Moran González
University of Texas at Austin
Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Dominican Studies Institute, City College
Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College
Chicano Studies Research Center
University of Illinois at Chicago
Latin American and Latino Studies Program