Preparing Future Faculty Program Tackles Diversity Issue in Psychology

11/05/2012

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), the largest nonprofit graduate school devoted exclusively to psychology, has launched its Preparing Future Psychology Faculty Program with support from the American Psychological Association (APA). The program was developed in response to the national need to increase the diversity of college and university faculty members in the field of psychology and the behavioral sciences. 

Funded by APA’s Office of Minority Affairs, the program will build upon the national Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Initiative launched in 1993 by the Council of Graduate Schools and the Association of American Colleges and Universities. The TCSPP program will expand the PFF model to focus on the field of psychology, and targets primarily doctoral students from racial and ethnic minority groups. The psychology school plans to share the outcomes of this effort next year with the national graduate education psychology community in the hopes that other graduate departments nationwide will develop similar programs in the future. 

More than 30 graduate students have enrolled in the program across all TCSPP campuses and online. Over the coming year, these students will engage in a series of seminars, attend campus-wide lectures on contemporary and future faculty issues in higher education, and shadow faculty to get a sense of the varied roles and responsibilities in academia. Seminar topics will focus on the evolving role of faculty, the psychology professor in diverse institutions, issues of diversity, and teaching and learning philosophies, to name a few. 

The project is led by Dr. Orlando Taylor, president of TCSPP’s Washington D.C. campus, and Dr. Cynthia Winston, visiting scholar at the institution and an associate professor at Howard University. The two leaders were active in establishing PFF programs at Howard years prior under the auspices of funding from the Council of Graduate Schools, Association of American Colleges and Universities, and the National Science Foundation. 

About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is the largest nonprofit, private graduate school devoted exclusively to psychology and related behavioral sciences. It serves more than 4,300 students across campuses in Chicago; Southern California (L.A., Irvine, Westwood); and Washington D.C. The institution is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and its Clinical Psychology doctoral program in Chicago is accredited by the American Psychological Association. A member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, TCSPP is recognized for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity and advocacy. Its community service initiatives have also earned it recognition on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for five consecutive years. With more than 20 graduate degree programs, thousands of hours of real-world training, and a wealth of international opportunities, TCSPP is a leader in professional psychology education. To learn more, visit www.thechicagoschool.edu.


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