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Fellowship for Faculty Diversity

Fellows Program for Faculty Diversity in the Arts

The UMBC Department of Theatre invites applications for UMBC’s Fellows Program for Faculty Diversity in the Arts. Theatre practitioners and scholars from any discipline of theatre, drama, or performance studies, who are interested in an academic career, are encouraged to apply. A terminal degree is required (such as an MFA, PhD, or DFA). Current or recent graduate students may wish to simultaneously apply for UMBC’s Postdoctoral Fellowship for Faculty Diversity. UMBC Theatre fosters artistically innovative and socially engaged graduates in a leading liberal arts program. Using the latest technologies and practices, we experiment with theatrical forms, create provocative new work, and give voice where it is most needed. The Department serves approximately 125 majors & minors with state-of-the-art studios, shops, and theaters. 

Program description:

The University of Maryland Baltimore County invites applications for the inaugural cohort of the UMBC Fellows Program for Faculty Diversity in the Arts. UMBC is dedicated to ensuring a diverse, inclusive, scholarly environment that encourages outstanding individuals to enter the academic profession. The purpose of the Program is to support promising creative practitioners and scholars who are committed to diversity and inclusive excellence in the academy and to prepare them for possible tenure-track appointments at UMBC. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from individuals who are members of groups that historically have been underrepresented in the professoriate.

UMBC will appoint Fellows for a two-year term in-residence fellowship beginning July 1, 2021. Fellows receive a starting stipend of $50,000 per year, health benefits, and $5,500 for professional travel, preparation of creative or scholarly work, and technology needs. Fellows are also provided with office space and library and other privileges at the University. During the two-year fellowship, fellows are provided teaching and research mentors and specialized professional development opportunities. In addition to pursuing their research and/or creative practice fellows teach one course a year in the host department (Dance, Music, Theatre, or Visual Arts).

Successful candidates for the Program will be selected on the basis of artistic and/or scholarly promise or accomplishment and potential to add to the diversity of the UMBC community.  Applicants must have completed their terminal degree (MFA, DFA, PhD or other appropriate terminal degree) when the term of appointment commences.  Individuals awarded a terminal degree from UMBC or currently holding a postdoctoral or faculty position (including adjunct positions) at UMBC are not eligible.

Fields: Applications for artistic and/or scholarly work in any arts field represented at UMBC are welcome. Applicants may specify up to two fields of interest (Dance, Music, Theatre, or Visual Arts) if they wish to be considered by more than one department.

Stipend: $50,000 per year.

Eligibility: Applicants who hold a terminal degree (received no later than July 2021) are eligible to apply.

Application Instructions:

We will begin accepting applications for Cohort VI on August 2, 2020 via Interfolio. 

Please return to this site on that day for the applicator submission link. 


Full consideration will be given to those applicants who submit all materials to Interfolio by October 2, 2020. A complete submission will consist of:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of Reference
  • Statement of Proposed Creative and/or Scholarly Project for the two-year fellowship period (2-3 Pages)
  • A Personal Statement of your demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence in higher education (1-3 Pages)
  • Portfolio or writing sample (which may include samples of creative/artistic work) [Or please provide links to documentation and/or digital files illustrative of your creative work history and/or scholarly research. A portfolio is appropriate for applicants focusing on creative practice, while writing samples are appropriate for applicants focusing on scholarly research].
  • List primary, and, if applicable, secondary fields of interest


Review and Selection

Applications will be reviewed by the appropriate department(s)/program(s), Dean(s) and the Provost’s Selection Committee. Finalists will be contacted in early November to schedule on-campus interviews. Awardees will be notified by early February 2021.

Contact Information

For application submission questions, please visit

General questions regarding the program may be addressed to:

Dr. Autumn Reed, Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Office of the Provost

University of Maryland Baltimore County

Baltimore, MD 21250



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