University of Utah Looks to Prepare Black Doctoral Students for Their Careers

The College of Education at the University of Utah has launched the African American Doctoral Scholars Initiative in an effort to prepare Black scholars for careers in the academic world.

The program aims to develop teaching skills and provide training in developing syllabi, grant proposals, publishing, and presenting research. Each student accepted into the program will receive $5,000 that can be used for research, travel to conferences, and other professional development initiatives.

Black students at the University of Utah will eligible for the program if they are full-time doctoral students, have maintained a 3.0 grade point average and have demonstrated a commitment to understanding Black life, history and culture in the United States.

The African American Doctoral Scholars Initiative is under the direction of Deniece Dortch, a postdoctoral research fellow. Dr. Dortch holds a master’s degree from the School of International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. She earned a second masters degree at Teachers College of Columbia University and a Ph.D. in higher and postsecondary education leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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