The Center for the Study of Diversity (CSD) announces a new collaboration with the Delaware Center for Teacher Education (DCTE) to support research that promotes equity in teacher education. The purpose of this program is to promote research and scholarly activities by Faculty and Instructional Staff that will support education stakeholders' understandings of, or promotions of, equity in education. Stakeholders are defined as preservice teachers, pupils, families, school community members, teacher preparation faculty, and teacher preparation instructional staff.
The mission of the Center for the Study of Diversity (CSD) is to promote academic research and scholarship that facilitate dialogues about and understanding of the social and academic impact of diversity. The Center brings a broadly interdisciplinary focus to its activities, projects, programs, and publications on research and analysis, training, public scholarship, community projects, and information dissemination. The goals of these activities are to:
- generate and transmit scholarship about specific diversity-related issues both at UD and beyond;
- fund faculty and graduate student research and projects related to diversity;
- bring outstanding researchers and scholars of diversity to campus to share their expertise;
- communicate the results of the Center's research and scholarship;
- apply scholarship of Center faculty to community issues; and
- assist the Vice Provost for Diversity in identifying diversity objectives and information needs for the University of Delaware.
The Delaware Center for Teacher Education (DCTE) is housed within the College of Education and Human Development provides support services for students and faculty in 28 educator preparation programs at the University of Delaware. These undergraduate and graduate programs are located in six of the seven colleges across campus. DCTE is the home of the Education Resource Center, Office of Certification and Accreditation, Office of Clinical Studies, and Alternative Routes to Certification.
The CSD/DCTE Collaborative
CSD and DCTE have developed an exciting collaboration to help support the work of teacher preparation faculty, or instructional staff, interested in exploring a line of inquiry, climate-related issue, or curriculum innovation focused on promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion for education stakeholders.
This year, the Center for the Study of Diversity and the Delaware Center for Teacher Education will offer small grants to support faculty and instructional staff research, curriculum, climate, analysis, and public scholarship projects. With these funds, the Centers aim to facilitate a wider understanding of the social and academic impacts of diversity, and to inform and support equitable practices within our teacher preparation community. The Centers seek proposals that are exclusively focused on some aspect of teacher preparation in the context of the University of Delaware and/or the local schools where preservice teachers and university faculty and staff work. We encourage scholars to make connections between their proposals and specific aspects of campus climate mentioned in the "Inclusive Excellence: Action Plan for Diversity at UD" and/or President Assanis' Strategic Principle of "Building an Environment of Inclusive Excellence".
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University of Delaware faculty and instructional staff are highly encouraged to submit applications for these competitive awards.
Small grants of up to $2,500 each will be awarded to UD faculty, with priority given to projects that further the mission of the Center for the Study of Diversity.
Grants will support worthy projects in the following areas:
Engagement. Scholarly based projects that involve students partnering with education organizations and/or schools beyond the walls of the University on goals and issues that impact UD's teacher preparation programs.
Research/Data Analysis. Original research and/or secondary data analysis that examines diversity issues and practices within UD's teacher preparation programs and their implications for, and applications to, UD's teacher preparation curriculum and/or climate for preparation program students, faculty, and staff.
Policy Analysis/Research. Analysis of UD policy implications of diversity- related documents/published papers, public and/or campus policies, and institutional programs as they pertain to teacher preparation.
Curriculum and Educational Programming Innovations. Changes, revisions, and new curriculum innovations that center issues of equity in teacher preparations within course-related teaching. Development of educational programming, outside of courses-related teaching, to support teacher preparation stakeholders' understandings, or applications, of equitable approaches to education.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek matching funds from their departments. The complete Call for Proposals package may be downloaded