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WHEN and WHERE: 21st Annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring
October 30 - November 2
Omni CNN Center, Atlanta

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The Southern Regional Education Board State Doctoral Scholars Program hosts and manages the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring. Attendees come together from sponsoring members of the Compact for Faculty Diversity — state, regional, federal and foundation programs that focus on minority graduate education and faculty diversity and partner to sponsor the Institute: the Southern Regional Education Board, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, the National Institutes of Health Bridges to the Professoriate, the National Science Foundation Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program and the United States Department of Education Ronald E. McNair Program.
The Southern Regional Education Board works with 16 member states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Atlanta, SREB was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislatures to help leaders in education and government advance education and improve the social and economic life of the region.
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In Atlanta this week
Nation's Largest Convening of Minority Ph.D. Scholars 

Institute on Teaching and Mentoring draws 1,300 doctoral students, faculty members

— October 28, 2014 â€” Almost 1,300 minority doctoral students, faculty members and education leaders from across the country convene in Atlanta this week to focus on issues that face new and aspiring faculty members of color. The goal of the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, the largest gathering of minority Ph.D. scholars in the nation, is to address the shortage of minority faculty in college classrooms and labs around the nation.

WHO: The doctoral students and new faculty members from underrepresented minority groups, from more than 40 states and almost 100 fields of study at almost 300 institutions of higher education.
The Southern Regional Education Board State Doctoral Scholars Program hosts and manages the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, which is sponsored by a partnership of regional, federal and foundation programs called the Compact for Faculty Diversity.

WHAT: The annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring provides strategies and support for doctoral students and new college professors, who learn how to survive the rigors of graduate school and succeed as faculty members in sessions on topics ranging from how to get published to how to be a great mentor. Attendees say the Institute gives them skills to overcome barriers and motivates them for the challenges of the coming year.

Sessions of note for news media >

Full agenda, 2014 Institute on Teaching and Mentoring (PDF) >

WHY:  The mission behind the conference is to increase the number of ethnic and racial minority faculty members on college and university campuses.

More than one-third of America’s college students are people of color, but too few minority graduates go on to earn doctorates. The Class of 2019 at U.S. public high schools is projected to be 46 percent non-white, up from 38 percent in 2009. Yet only about 5 percent of U.S. college and university faculty are African-American, 3 percent are Hispanic and 1 percent are Native American.
More about the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring: A Strong Foundation for Faculty Diversity >


Sessions of note for news media

Friday, Oct. 31, 8:45 a.m.
Opening session: The personal experiences that led to satisfying and successful careers in higher education. 
Mary Gonzalez, Associate Vice President for Student Access, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Daniel Jean, Executive Director of Educational Opportunity Fund and Founder of, Montclair State University
Orlando L. Taylor, Vice President of Strategic Inc Initiatives and Research, Fielding Graduate University

Friday, Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m.
Graduates' Banquet: Scholars who earned their degrees this year tell their stories.

Friday, Oct. 31, 12:30 p.m.
Diversity's Promise in a Pluralistic Society: Shaping an Academic Career
Daryl G. Smith, Senior Research Fellow and Professor Emerita of Educational Psychology, School of Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate School

Saturday, Nov. 1, 3 p.m.
All attendees gather for a group photo

Saturday, Nov. 1, 4 p.m.
Scholars tour the National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Sunday, Nov 2, 10 a.m.
Closing session: Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Full agenda, 2014 Institute on Teaching and Mentoring (PDF) >
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