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BLEND’s Goals

  • The primary goals of BLEND are to support faculty of color and women faculty by providing:

    • Students in a classroomProfessional development opportunities relating to instructional issues, career development, publishing, and social networking.
    • Information about publication and presentation venues and funding sources that will allow protégés to develop their potential as scholar-practitioners, teachers, leaders, and researchers who have a positive impact at IUP and the larger communities in which they move.
    • Access to influential, seasoned, and caring mentors who are willing to offer transformative mentoring experiences. Mentors will support their protégés by helping them to navigate job stress and competing demands on their time; by serving as role models regarding attitude, values, and behavior that will help them be successful at IUP; and by affirming and promoting the work and presence of the protégés in their departments, across organizations, and throughout the university.

    BLEND and the Frederick Douglass Institute for Intercultural Research have established a slate of programming options to meet the needs of newly hired faculty, especially those from historically underrepresented groups in higher education and those who are women. These options include:

    • Assigning of primary mentor for new faculty enrolled in BLEND
    • Monthly group lunches focused on key issues of the first year: managing the teaching load, maintaining an active research agenda, getting to know IUP students, navigating service demands, etc.
    • Participation in the Issues of Diversity: Voices from the Field series
    • Participation in Center for Teaching Excellence workshops
    • An annual welcome reception and mixer