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King Chavez Parks Future Faculty Fellowship

King-Chavez-Parks Initiative:
Future Faculty Fellowship

Program Description

(Excerpted from FFF Handbook) The purpose of the King•Chávez•Parks Future Faculty Fellowship (KCP-FFF) Program is to increase the pool of traditionally underrepresented candidates pursuing faculty teaching careers through postsecondary education. Preference may not be given to applicants on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, gender, or national origin. Institutions should encourage applications from minorities, women, people with disabilities, and individuals from cultural, linguistic, geographic, and socio-economic backgrounds who would otherwise not adequately be represented in the graduate student and faculty populations (see fellowship selection section,3.2).

The program was created by the Michigan State Legislature in 1986 as part of the larger King•Chávez•Parks Initiative designed to stem the downward spiral of college graduation rates for students underrepresented in postsecondary education. Future Faculty Fellows are eligible to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree at the public universities in Michigan. Future Faculty Fellowship graduates are obligated, by signed agreement, to remain in postsecondary faculty teaching or administration in a public or private, 2- or 4-year, in-state or out-of-state postsecondary institution for a minimum of three (3) years equivalent full-time. Fellows also may substitute up to one-third (1/3) ofthe 3 year full-time equivalency non-traditional service credit for this portion of teaching or administrative service credit.

The KCP Future Faculty Fellowship Program at Lake Superior State University acknowledges support from the Workforce Development Agency's King•Chávez•Parks Initiative

KCP Fellowship Award Selection Committee

  • Dr. David Baumann, Engineering
  • Dr. Sally Childs, Parks and Recreation
  • Dr. Collette Coullard, Mathematics
  • Dr. Jason Swedene, Philosophy
  • Dr. David Myton, Assoc. Provost - Chair

Calendar and Program Guidelines

Applications for the 2017 cycle are due the 2nd Friday in November, 2016. Award notifications are expected to be issued by the end of December 2016 effective for graduate program enrollment during 2017; specifically, the spring 2017, summer 2017 and fall 2017. Previously, in the 2016 cycle, the University was allocated through P.A-85 of 2015 a maximum of $30,404 for Future Faculty Fellowship awards and associated administrative costs (5% maximum). Awards for 2017 will be based on the available funds in that year.

The KCP-FFF program objectives at Lake Superior State University (LSSU) are to promote graduate faculty training among underrepresented groups, to increase the number of terminally qualified faculty and administrative professionals at the university, and to strengthen the university's effectiveness and impact in our region.  Applications for funding through the KCP-FFF program are used to identify qualified and interested candidates for awards, and to inform the award process by aligning individual professional goals with the mission of the university.  An application should reflect the potential benefit that the applicant's graduate education will bring to the university. To address the needs of the university, preference may be given to current LSSU faculty and staff,  to LSSU graduates, to individuals currently accepted/enrolled in appropriate graduate programs, to individuals with the greatest potential to contribute through faculty and administrative roles at LSSU, and to residents of the Eastern Upper Peninsula

KCP Fellowship selection critiera state that all of the following critiera must be met for an individual to be eligible for an award, and that the university may add additional criteria.

  • Accepted into an appropriate chosen program of study at a Michigan public university
  • In good academic standing as defined by the institution
  • Is not currently a recipient of a KCP Initiative Fellowship Award at another institution
  • Has not recieved another KCP Fellowship Award for the same degree level
  • Is not in current default status on any guaranteed student loan and/or KCP Loan
  • Is a citizen of the United States
  • Meets the intitution's requirements for Michigan residency

Future Faculty Fellowship Forms & Resources

LSSU KCP Future Faculty Fellows

  • Kathleen Kalata, beginning January 2017
  • Katelynn Coon, beginning January 2016
  • Marta Diaz, beginning fall 2016
  • Judy Hering, beginning fall 2016
  • David Leach, beginning 2015
  • Barbara Light, beginning 2012
  • Jodi A. Susi, beginning 2011
  • Shelley Wooley, Ed.S. beginning 2009

Degrees Conferred

  • Ron Hutchins, beginning 2012, Ed.D. conferred conferred - Congratulations
  • Benjamin Southwell, beginning 2011, MA Chemistry conferred - Congratulations
  • Catherine (White) Chaput, beginning 2012, Ed.D. conferred - Congratulations

Press releases

KCP State-level Program Information

Contact information: (906) 635-2349