This program has been developed to expose minority professionals who hold master’s degrees to teaching opportunities within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). The program matches working professionals with part-time teaching assignments at a nearby community college.
Minority Professional Teaching Fellows will share their experience, expertise and educational background with our students as regular classroom instructors. Support, assistance and colleagueship are provided by a full-time VCCS faculty member and the host college. Minority professionals are paid at the regular part-time adjunct professor rate for their service while in the program. With this valuable teaching experience, Minority Professional Teaching Fellows will gain experience with which he or she can become more competitive for full-time professorships at any community college or university.
This program aims to recruit working minority professionals who represent varied ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who are interested in teaching or related careers. Virginia’s Community Colleges serve a dynamic and diverse student body where one out of every three people is a minority, mirroring the commonwealth’s general population. However, our teaching faculty is less diverse: only 12 percent are minorities. To ensure that our community colleges are accessible and supportive for all Virginians, we are striving to build a faculty that resembles our student body. While this program is open to qualified professionals from any background, a special emphasis is placed on recruiting professionals from ethnically diverse backgrounds.