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UMBC Announces Arts Diversity Fellowship

August 3, 2020 12:45 PM

The University of Maryland Baltimore County Department of Music 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. The Department of Music welcomes applicants with expertise in string or brass performance, jazz, orchestral conducting, choral music education, composition, or musicology (especially contemporary popular genres). Candidates with an interest in social justice or community engaged scholarship/ teaching are encouraged to apply. 

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). 

Applications open on August 2, 2020 and close on Oct. 2, 2020.Additional information and application information are available here:

UMBC will host a webinar for interested applicants on Wed, August 20, 2020 from 2:00-3:00pm EST.  Please click here to register for the event. 

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 (excluding adjunct positions) at UMBC are not eligible.



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.

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.

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