uncf mellon international faculty seminar


The 2016 UNCF/Mellon Faculty Seminar took place July 5-15, 2016 in Paris, France. Faculty representing Bennett College, Clark Atlanta University, Dillard University, Huston-Tillotson University and Spelman College were selected as participants in this Seminar. The theme of the 2016 Seminar, which was facilitated by Dr. Michael Gomez, Professor of History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University, is “Interrogating the French Empire: Exploring the Historical and Contemporary African Diasporic Engagement and Experience in France”.

2016 UNCF/Mellon International Faculty Seminar Participants

  • Dr. Gwendolyn Bookman, Bennett College
  • Dr. Nancy Dixon, Dillard University
  • Dr. Alaine Hutson, Huston-Tillotson University
  • Professor April Lundy, Clark Atlanta University
  • Dr. Soraya Mekerta, Spelman College
  • Dr. Alice Stephens, Clark Atlanta University
  • Dr. Jerry Wever, Spelman College


The 2017 UNCF/Mellon Domestic Faculty Seminar is slated to take place October 11-12, 2017 in Atlanta, GA. Faculty representing the Interdenominational Theological Center, Bennett College, Tougaloo College, Xavier University, Spelman College, Claflin University, Huston-Tillotson University, and Dillard University were selected as participants in this seminar. The theme of the 2017 Seminar, which will be facilitated by Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's Studies, Spelman College is "New Directions in Gender and Sexuality Studies."

2017 UNCF/Mellon Domestic Faculty Seminar Co-facilitators

  • Dr. Linda Carty, Syracuse University
  • Dr. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University
  • Dr. Moon Charania, Spelman College
  • Dr. Alix Chapman, Spelman College
  • Dr. Alisha Lola Jones, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Prof. Dellareese Jackson, Syracuse University

When the application for the 2018 UNCF/Mellon International Faculty Seminar becomes available, it will be posted in this space.



Six faculty members from three UNCF institutions were selected to receive Faculty Residency grants for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • Dr. Worth Kamili Hayes, Tuskegee University
  • Dr. Alexandria Lockett, Spelman College
  • Prof. Ebony Lumumba, Tougaloo College
  • Dr. Ashanté Reese, Spelman College
  • Dr. Charissa Threat, Spelman College
  • Dr. Xan Yu, Spelman College

Please follow this link for the 2018-19 Faculty Residency application.



Once UNCF Institution was awarded funding for a Teaching and Learning Institute which took place during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Wiley College hosted a Teaching and Learning Institute entitled #GoOPENSummit.

Please follow this link for the 2018-19 Teaching and Learning Institute application.


junior faculty development grant

The Junior Faculty Development Grant, a new initiative of the UNCF/Mellon Faculty Career Enhancement Programs, provides a limited number of course release and faculty support grants to faculty teaching at UNCF and Mellon affiliated institutions. This grant is to be used to support a faculty member receiving release time from one course per semester or to support activities related to the furtherance of the faculty member's research agenda. Preference is given to MMUF or UNCF newly minted Ph.D.s who have chosen to teach within the UNCF consortium of institutions.

2017-18 academic year recipients of this grant include:

  • Dr. Shail Gowda, Wilberforce University
  • Dr. Esme Murdock, Morehouse College
  • Dr. Larry Spruill, Morehouse College
  • Prof. Shawanda Stewart, Huston-Tillotson University

Please follow this link for the 2018-19 Junior Faculty Development Grant application.


junior faculty development grant