UNC Charlotte among universities awarded NSF grant to improve STEM faculty diversity

UNC Charlotte was awarded a major collaborative research grant by the National Science Foundation’s Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program. The award, “AGEP North Carolina Alliance: An Institutional Transformation Model to Increase Minority STEM Doctoral Student and Faculty Success” is a five-year grant that provides $2.2 million to three institutions, with $663,163 to UNC Charlotte.

“Diversity in higher education is a benefit to us all. As an urban, public research university, UNC Charlotte seeks to serve our region and state through scholarly research that solves issues of the greater community. This is achieved best by faculty comprised of diverse backgrounds and experiences,” said Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Joan Lorden.

Yvette Huet, professor of kinesiology and director of Advance Faculty Affairs and Diversity Office, is UNC Charlotte’s principal investigator on the grant. She and her team are collaborating with researchers and officials from North Carolina A&T State University and North Carolina State University to develop, implement and study a model to create institutional, department-level and faculty change and promote Ph.D. completion and progression to faculty careers among historically underrepresented doctoral students in STEM disciplines.

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Originally published Oct. 24, 2018.

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