Frequently Asked Questions

Regarding eligibility:

Does my graduate institution need to be a member of the Consortium for Faculty Diversity at Liberal Arts Colleges?
No, your graduate institution does not need to be a member. The Consortium is a group of liberal arts colleges and universities located throughout the country that are committed to enhancing diversity on their campuses. 

Do I have to be a member of a particular race or ethnicity to be eligible for a fellowship?
The member institutions of the Consortium for Faculty Diversity have resolved that diversity is defined more broadly than race and ethnicity. The members seek candidates who will contribute to increasing the diversity of member colleges in one or more of the following ways: by increasing ethnic and racial diversity, by maximizing the educational benefits of diversity and/or by increasing the number of faculty members who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of students. 

Do I need to be a United States citizen to apply?
The Consortium seeks applicants who are either United States citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must be able to provide evidence of U.S. citizenship or unconditional permanent resident status at the time of hire. This corresponds to United States hiring and employment laws.

Are there additional eligibility requirements?
The Consortium seeks applicants enrolled in accredited graduate programs. You must be  pre-doctoral or postdoctoral. If you are postdoctoral, you may not exceed the maximum of 5 years teaching experience from the date of issuance of your degree. If you have an M.F.A. or other terminal Master's degree, you are also eligible to apply for the CFD program.

Regarding the application:


The website says application before September 30th is strongly encouraged. Is that the deadline? Is there a deadline for letters of recommendation?
The Consortium recommends that applications be completed(CV and at least 3 recommendation letters) by September 30th because it is the date on which member schools are informed of the start of the search to the database of applications. It is not, however, a final date by which all applications MUST be received. 

Applications may be submitted and/or updated at any time after that date. Most schools may have a clearer idea as to specific Fellowship position needs by December 1st.

Are there word limits for the different sections of the application? How long should my responses be?
Applicants are encouraged to limit their responses in the demographic information area to up to 300 words for each area. If you exceed the limits in those fields, an error message will inform you.  Formatting is very limited in the spaces provided for text.  Hence, candidates are strongly advised to submit complete, yet concise responses. Text may be cut and pasted into the allotted spaces from other documents.

The application has many sections. Where should I put information that does not seem to fit any particular category?
Please use your best judgment. You are making a case for your selection as a CFD scholar, and you should include information that reflects your teaching and scholarship. However, you should not include course syllabi or drafts of scholarly papers.

I have completed my application, but my letters of recommendation have not yet been submitted.  Do I need to wait for them before I submit my application?
Each area completed is indicated by a green check mark with OK.  Your application is visible to the administrator as you input your information.  Once 3 letters of reference have been received, you may SAVE your application.  Letters are appended as they are submitted.

Please make sure you inform your referees that a message will be sent to them, guiding them on how to upload the recommendation letter. 

After I submit my application, will I be contacted by the member schools? When?
Contact by a member school is likely if the member school would like to obtain additional information from a candidate to assess his/her potential fit at their school, or if the member school would like to invite a candidate for an interview. Recruitment periods vary.  Therefore,  there is no set date by which a candidate should have received notice of qualification.  It is likely that most schools will be working to make appointments by late winter/early spring.

I am interested in a particular school.  How should I indicate my preference?
There is no mechanism for directing your application to only a particular school or schools; your application will be available to all schools member of the Consortium. You may indicate your preference in your application, though we recommend that you contact the individual on the member institution contact list and alert them of your application available for viewing, your interest in their institution, and the school’s recruitment process.

May I submit other materials with my application?
Only the completed on-line application and recommendations are requested. Upon reviewing applications, a member school will, if deemed necessary, request additional information from the applicant.


Regarding the fellowships:

Is there a particular academic discipline that the Consortium is seeking?
Since the Consortium consists mostly of small liberal arts colleges, we believe in the liberal arts tradition. The residential liberal arts colleges of the Consortium are committed to promoting excellent teaching for undergraduate learning. As part of their intellectual vitality, interactive teaching and active learning environments, Consortium member schools seek to build rich intellectual communities of students and faculty members. Through a variety of faculty development programs, ranging from research leaves, curriculum development grants, and support of scholarly expenses to teaching roundtables and travel to professional meetings, Consortium member schools encourage and support the creative and scholarly work of their faculty members.

At our schools, a passion for teaching is a "must," as is significant effectiveness in a variety of pedagogical settings. Faculty members at Consortium member schools can expect to devote a substantial amount of time to teaching and advising undergraduate students. Because our campuses and departments are small, faculty members are encouraged to undertake inter-departmental and inter-disciplinary curricular projects, including the design and teaching of interdisciplinary courses, first-year seminars or courses for non-majors. Expect to support student learning through the use of innovative pedagogy, such as collaborative group work or inquiry learning.

Therefore, we encourage applications from any of the traditional liberal arts disciplines to apply.

What are the benefits of applying for the CFD fellowship?
A full academic life includes scholarship, service, and teaching. The CFD fellowship is a teaching fellowship in residence, and so much more. As a scholar on a liberal arts campus, you have the opportunity to engage in lively academic discussions with colleagues and students. Past scholars have commented that the fellowship prepared them for an academic life and helped them develop a fuller picture of their career.

Please direct other questions to:
Suzanne Gockowski
Provost’s Office
Gettysburg College
Campus Box 410
Gettysburg, PA 17325