Three historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have received $3 million from a group of non-profits to support the development of faculty.
The Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Rockefeller Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced giving about $3 million to Morehouse College, Prairie View A&M University and Spelman College to provide faculty support structures.
Each university received nearly $1 million to support innovative and effective teaching, aim at excellent academic outcomes, robust research, and creative activity.
The schools will be required to share best practices with each other and other HBCUs as well.
“Faculty are the heart of a liberal arts education. At historically Black colleges and universities, heavy teaching loads often get in the way of professional development, time for research and/or creative production,” said Mary Schmidt Campbell, president of Spelman.
“Yet, time for these activities not only keeps faculty current in their fields but provides undergraduate research opportunities for our students.”
Morehouse is planning to use the grant funds to support, Modeling 21st Century Faculty Development at HBCUs program. Prairie View will work on enhancing the ranks of its faculty by identifying effective practices in faculty recruitment, advancement and retention. While Spelman will invest in faculty and work on their continuing development as teachers and scholars.