Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship - Leaders Wanted

The University of Pittsburgh and the American Library Association were pleased to support the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Leaders Wanted project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and designed to increase racial and ethnic diversity among our profession’s next generation of LIS leaders. The Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship provided full tuition and annual stipends of $20,000 to Fellows for the first two years of study.  Partnering programs are providing full tuition and stipends to their Spectrum Fellows for all remaining years of study.

Six inaugural Spectrum Doctoral Leaders Wanted Fellowships were awarded in 2007 to Janet Ceja Alcalá at the University of Pittsburgh, Tammy Mays at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Liladhar Pendse at the University of California at Los Angeles, Elisabeth Rodriguez at the University of Pittsburgh, J. Brenton Stewart at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Vivian Wong at the University of California at Los Angeles. Six more fellowships were awarded in 2008 to Eric Chuk at the University of California at Los Angeles, Monica Colon-Aguirre at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Nicole Cooke at Rutgers University, Stefani Gomez at Rutgers University, Asher Isaac Jackson at Simmons College, and Brenda Mitchell-Powell at Simmons College.

To underscore the fellowship program’s emphasis on leadership, all Spectrum Doctoral Fellows attended the expense-paid E.J. Josey Doctoral Leadership Institute held in conjunction with the 2009 annual meeting of ALISE, the Association for Library and Information Science Education, and named for the University of Pittsburgh Professor Emeritus acknowledged as one of the LIS profession’s leading diversity advocates.

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Please contact Gwendolyn Prellwitz, ALA Office for Diversity & Spectrum at 1.800.545.2433 ext. 5048 with questions regarding the Spectrum Doctoral Program.