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Programs

Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future (PCFF)

Overview

Funded by the National Science Foundation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP), the goals of the PCFF project are to:

  • provide professional and leadership development for women of color faculty in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), or in NSF natural and behavioral science disciplines; and
  • improve undergraduate STEM education at HBCUs and beyond.

Women of color faculty in STEM disciplines at HBCUs are the critical focus of PCFF. Preparing these faculty members for the future is critical because enrollment at HBCUs typically consists of approximately 70% women and because HBCUs confer nearly 25% of all baccalaureate degrees earned by African Americans. HBCUs are among the nation’s leading institutions in producing graduates who go on to obtain PhD degrees. By uncovering useful strategies for preparing women faculty of color for academic leadership in STEM fields, PCFF expects to improve STEM education broadly as well as at HBCUs.

The program consists of:

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