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Faculty Diversity Scholars Program (FDSP)

The FDSP, administered by the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, is part of UMMS’s multifaceted approach to workforce diversity. The primary goal of the FDSP is to recruit new faculty (including the School of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Graduate School of Nursing) from underrepresented groups in the health sciences and to support their successful academic career advancement. In order to address departments with minority underutilization, African American and Hispanic/Latino(a) faculty are among the underrepresented groups who specifically would benefit from this program. Program details ).

Resources up to $300,000 over 3 years may include salary support, research startup costs, supplies/equipment, lab personnel, and travel for conferences/professional activities.

Current Recipients

David E. Chiriboga, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Project: Sustainable health equity and social justice

Ana Luisa Maldonado-Contreras, PhD
Instructor of Microbiology & Physiological Systems
Project: Understanding the mechanisms exploited by the gut microbiome to control immune responses in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBDs)

Paulo N. Martins, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Organ Transplantation
Project: Improving the quality of marginal liver grafts before transplantation

Teresita Padilla-Benavides, PhD
Instructor of Cell & Developmental Biology
Project: Role of Heavy Metal & Heavy Metal Transporter in Differentiation Developmental Processes

Past Recipients

B.Marie Ward, MD, FACS (Surgery) 2013-2016
Javier Gordon Ogembo, PhD (Medicine) 2013-2016
Stephanie Rodrigues, PhD (Psychiatry) 2013-2014
Rashelle Hayes, PhD (Medicine) 2009-2012
Sonia Ortiz-Miranda, PhD (MaPS) 2008-2012
Benjamin Nwosu, MD (Pediatrics) 2008-2011
Onesky Aupont, MD, MPH, PhD (Pediatrics) 2005-2008
Chyke Doubeni, MD, MPH (Family Medicine) 2004-2006
Abraham Ndiwant, EdD, RN (GSN) 2002-2007
Ethel Gordon, PhD (Medicine) 2000-2003
Joaquin Cortiella, MD, MPH (Anesthesiology) 1998-1999
Samuel Abrokwah, MD (Anesthesiology) 1997-1998

Position Requirements

A scholar must be a benefitted employee of UMMS or UMMHC and maintain an active UMMS faculty appointment at or above the rank of Instructor in accordance with the academic personnel policies of the appropriate school. Academic promotions and re-appointments shall also be in accordance with the academic personnel policies of the appropriate school. All candidates are required to be eligible for future promotion including board-certification where applicable.

Project Period and Funding Resources

Departments may request a project period of 3 years and a budget of up to $300,000.00. In general and pending availability of funds, a call for applications will be made in the fall and spring of each year.

Application Process

Upon identifying a potential applicant, the Department Chair will the VPFA to discuss the applicant and the application process. After the discussions have occurred and opportunity has been determined, the Chair will submit the applicant’s package including budget justification to the VPFA. An interview with the applicant, the mentor, and the Department Chair by three members of the FDSP Oversight Committee will be required as part of the application process.

Funding requests are reviewed on a rolling basis and are evaluated on:

  • Availability of departmental resources
  • Department’s commitment and plans for supporting the career success of the candidate during and after the FDSP funding period
  • Appropriate mentorship
  • Applicant’s potential for career advancement and promotion of the diversity goals of UMMS
  • Availability of FDSP program resources

PowerPoint Presentation to the Executive Council November 19, 2015

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