PROMISE Visiting Professors for Social Change (International) – A Proposed Program

Dear Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Members of the PROMISE Community,

We are in the process of developing a new program with collaborators, Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Monterrey, Mexico. We sent out an initial email to gauge interest in a new visiting professor program, and the response was overwhelming! We’re so glad to hear that you are interested in this opportunity as a pathway to your career.

We are working with Tec because of their interest in PROMISE, and our mutual values, which include dedication to teaching students, integrity, leadership, and community service.

The PROMISE AGEP is collaborating with Tec based on projects with the Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the World Engineering Education Forum. Since Monterrey Tec has a variety of disciplines available, they are interested in considering candidates from all disciplines.


General details, along with answers to questions that have been posed over the last two weeks.

1) The proposed program is called “PROMISE Visiting Professors for Social Change.”
  • This is a residential program. While hybrid programs may be considered, participants are expected to spend time teaching in Mexico.
  • The duration of the position can range from 1 semester to 2 years.
  • The position would include a monthly stipend, housing and round-trip transportation from Maryland to Mexico.
  • There are language and cultural opportunities available for you and members of your immediate family who would be joining you.
2) More about Tec de Monterrey:
3) There are 31 campuses, including a few high schools.
4) All participants will do the following:
a. Teach courses in English (# of courses to be determined); areas of study:
b. Participate in weekly workshops sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development:
c. Participate in “Teaching with Technology” initiatives such as using technology in the classroom (e.g., tablets to control smart classrooms), developing creative videos for teaching, and incorporating new teaching methods such as “flipping the classroom” and “project-based learning.”
d. Remain up to date on the latest teaching methods per the  Observatorio de Innovación Educativa – Observatory of Education Innovation (
e. Participate in special initiatives on campus (and throughout the campus system) that involve community service, “human sense,” and innovation.
f. Work with a faculty mentor who will be assigned to be one of your key colleagues while you are on campus.
  • Candidates must be an enrolled graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, alumnus, staff or faculty member at/from an institution within the University System of Maryland (USM):
    • Candidates from UMBC  (based on our agreement with UMBC and the Council of Graduate Schools to broaden pathways to careers): Candidates from UMBC may be from any discipline, and all racial/ethnic backgrounds will be considered. U.S. citizenship is not required, but you must be able to teach in English.
    • Candidates from all other institutions within the USM: (based on the agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to broaden participation and increase diversity in STEM within the USM):
      • Candidates from other institutions within the USM must be in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics field, as listed in the NSF’s List of Supported Fields. This list can also be found below, in the comment section.
      • Candidates from other institutions within the USM must be U.S. citizens and members of groups that are underrepresented in STEM, per the NSF AGEP Program: African-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders


  • The primary candidates will have a Ph.D. This program is being designed to provide  an on-ramp to the professoriate. There are positions that primarily involve teaching, and some that involve both teaching and research. You may apply if you will have a Ph.D. by the time of the placement.
    • Candidates from UMBC who have master’s degrees will be considered, but won’t have the title of “PROMISE Visiting Professor for Social Change.” These candidates will be referred to a Tec “teacher program” to teach high school students.
    • Candidates from all other USM institutions must have a Ph.D. in a STEM field.


  • All candidates must have some teaching experience, e.g., lecturing in the classroom at the college level, which include experiences through the PROMISE PROF-it program, as a Teaching Assistant, or as an instructor in a post-secondary institution.


  • All candidates must be willing to teach with technology, and should have some experience with technology, e.g., classroom management software (Blackboard), social media.


To apply for the program*

(Disclaimer: The project is still in a proposed state, and applications will be screened by PROMISE prior to being sent to Monterrey Tec. Tec is not under any obligation to choose any candidates. The deans of the colleges at Tec along with other relevant offices will make all final decisions. A cohort model that will allow candidates to travel and participate as a group is still under consideration.)

  • 1) One page overview, with the following guidelines:
    • 1 inch margins
    • Title:
      • Line 1: 16 pt, bold, Times New Roman: Applicant: PROMISE Visiting Professor for Social Change
      • Line 2: 14 pt, italics, Times New Roman: Your full name, your degree, area of expertise
    • Skip two lines
    • Content (Skip one line between each section): 12 pt, Times New Roman; use the headings in bold below in your document.
  • 2) One page cover letter addressed to Dr. Renetta Tull, Director of the PROMISE AGEP, discussing why you want to be a professor, what you want to learn, and future plans for teaching in the U.S. [Note: The PROMISE AGEP is designed to increase the numbers of professors who will serve students in the U.S. Participation in this program is meant to provide a short-term, international, collaborative experience from which you can build a successful and satisfying faculty career in the U.S.]
  • 3) Full, unabridged CV

All documents should be merged (based on the order above: 1) overview, 2) letter, 3) CV) and submitted as one PDF document, with the title: PROMISE-MONTERREY TEC-your name

Send the document to, and cc’d to, with the subject: PROMISE Professors for Social Change. (Please do not add or subtract anything from this subject title. Emails submitted with other subject lines may not be considered.)

*All interested candidates are strongly encouraged to attend the (free) Professional Development Workshop on preparing for the professoriate at the PROMISE Research Symposium and Professional Development Conference on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, 1:30 – 3:30 PM, at the University of Maryland College, Park. Details and registration information can be found here: Candidates who have not previously met with Dr. Tull to discuss career interests, must do so before the application can be considered for the program. Application Deadline: The initial group of candidates will be sent to Tec on February 27, 2015.


Published by Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at the University of California Davis. She previously served as Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at The Graduate School at UMBC, and was Professor of the Practice in the College of Engineering & IT. She was Special Assistant to the Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Director of Graduate and Professional Pipeline Development for the University System of Maryland (12 institutions). She is the Founding Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) –, and Co-PI for the USM LSAMP. Her research on global diversity in STEM continues, and she is an international speaker, covering nearly all continents, for groups and conferences such as the World Engineering Education Forum, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, and the Pacific Sciences Congress. Her personal website is: Connect with her on Twitter: @Renetta_Tull;

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  1. NSF Supported Fields


    Chemical Catalysis
    Chemical Measurement and Imaging
    Chemical Structure, Dynamics, and Mechanism
    Chemical Synthesis
    Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods
    Chemistry of Life Processes
    Environmental Chemical Systems
    Macromolecular, Supramolecular, and Nanochemistry
    Sustainable Chemistry
    Chemistry, other (specify)


    Algorithms and Theoretical Foundations
    Bioinformatics and other Informatics
    Communication and Information Theory
    Computational Science and Engineering
    Computer Architecture
    Computer Networks
    Computer Security and Privacy
    Computer Systems and Embedded Systems
    Data Mining and Information Retrieval
    Formal Methods, Verification, and Programming Languages
    Graphics and Visualization
    Human Computer Interaction
    Machine Learning
    Natural Language Processing
    Robotics and Computer Vision
    Software Engineering
    CISE, other (specify)


    Aeronautical and Aerospace
    Chemical Engineering
    Civil Engineering
    Computer Engineering
    Electrical and Electronic
    Industrial Engineering & Operations Research
    Optical Engineering
    Systems Engineering
    Engineering, other (specify)


    Atmospheric Chemistry
    Biological Oceanography
    Chemical Oceanography
    Climate and Large-Scale Atmospheric Dynamics
    Magnetospheric Physics
    Marine Biology
    Marine Geology and Geophysics
    Paleontology and Paleobiology
    Physical and Dynamic Meteorology
    Physical Oceanography
    Planetary Science
    Sedimentary Geology
    Solar Physics
    Geosciences, other (specify)


    Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Environmental Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Microbial Biology
    Organismal Biology
    Structural Biology
    Systematics and Biodiversity
    Systems and Molecular Biology
    Life Sciences, other (specify)


    Chemistry of materials
    Electronic materials
    Materials theory
    Metallic materials
    Photonic materials
    Physics of materials
    Materials Research, other (specify)


    Algebra, Number Theory, and Combinatorics
    Applied Mathematics
    Computational and Data-enabled Science
    Computational Mathematics
    Computational Statistics
    Geometric Analysis
    Logic or Foundations of Mathematics
    Mathematical Biology
    Mathematics, other (specify)


    Astronomy and Astrophysics
    Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
    Condensed Matter Physics
    Particle Physics
    Physics of Living Systems
    Solid State
    Theoretical Physics
    Physics, other (specify)


    Cognitive Neuroscience
    Computational Psychology
    Experimental or Comparative
    Perception and Psychophysics
    Personality and Individual Differences
    Psychology, other (specify)


    Biological Anthropology
    Cultural Anthropology
    Anthropology, other
    Decision Making and Risk analysis
    Economics (except Business Administration)
    History and Philosophy of Science
    International Relations
    Law and Social Science
    Linguistic Anthropology
    Medical Anthropology
    Political Science
    Public Policy
    Science Policy
    Sociology (except Social Work)
    Urban and Regional Planning
    Social Sciences, other (specify)


    Engineering Education
    Mathematics Education
    Science Education
    Technology Education
    STEM Education and Learning Research, other (specify)


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