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10 Selected From CSULB For Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program

Published: September 2, 2014

All 10 candidates from CSULB were selected as 2014-15 participants in the Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP), a loan program aimed at increasing the number of individuals completing doctoral programs, especially those interested in applying and competing for future California State University (CSU) faculty positions.

The largest program of its kind in the nation, CDIP had 67 applications submitted for consideration to its selection committee, and based on the committee’s deliberations, the chancellor approved the names of 53 candidates for 2014-15 funding.

This year’s selections from CSULB (as well as their chosen doctoral discipline of study) include Raisa Fernanda Alvarado (Communication Studies/Critical Culture Studies); Nasima Farzana Bhuiyan (Engineering and Industrial Applied Mathematics/Transportation Engineering); Maria Carreras (History/Modern Europe); Jake Campbell (Political Science -American Politics/ Public Policy); Jun Y. Kim (Nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice), Hero Ozagho (Engineering and Applied Mathematics/Aerospace and Mechanical and Applied Mathematics); Sue Hyunmi Park (Sociology/labor, race, class, gender); Rusty Marilee Rust (English/Critical Theory, Gender and Sexuality and American Literatures); Nicole Smith (Education /Special Education); and Kacie Wills (English/18th and 19th Century in Literature Literary Theory).

Now it its 26th year, CDIP provides graduates, lecturers and others with a strong interest in teaching at the CSU loans to support their doctoral study. The program works by lowering initial financial barriers, forging connections to current CSU faculty and offering loan forgiveness to those who obtain teaching positions in the CSU.

Individuals selected to participate may borrow up to $10,000 annually to a limit of $30,000 over a five-year period while enrolled in full-time doctoral study. If a participant obtains a full-time instructional faculty position in the CSU, the loan principal and interest are “forgiven” at the rate of 20 percent for each year of service. After five years of full-time CSU faculty service, the entire loan amount can be forgiven. Part-time teaching in the CSU may also be considered for partial loan forgiveness, if the participant teaches at least half-time and has successfully completed the doctorate degree.

“I’m very thankful and honored to have been selected for the CDIP. I’m looking forward to continue working with my CSULB faculty advisor, Marquita Grenot-Scheyer as she has been an instrumental mentor to me,” said Smith, who is an autism services coordinator in Disabled Student Services at CSULB. “Even before I received notice that I had been selected, she was already working with me by guiding me through the process of becoming a faculty member.

“I also have had much support from my director, David Sanfilippo in applying for CDIP and becoming interested in becoming a professional in higher education,” she added. “I am very grateful to those individuals and many more who have mentored me and guided me in my positions as an Autism Services Coordinator through Disabled Student Services as well as instructional faculty in the departments of education and family and consumer sciences.”

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PHOTO BY SHAYNE SCHROEDER
Nicole Smith was one of the campus recipients in the Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program.

CSULB has approximately 50 current faculty members who were CDIP recipients, according to Cecile Lindsay, vice provost and dean for graduate studies, a clear sign that the program is achieving its goal of preparing future CSU faculty.

Among those individuals are Tina Arora, Educational Psychology; Lee Blecher, Family and Consumer Sciences; Emma Daugherty, Journalism; Larese Hubbard, Africana Studies; Kristina Lopez, Social Work; Carolyn Madding, Communicative Disorders; Linda Maram, Asian and Asian American Studies; Carlos Piar, Religious Studies; Jason Whitehead, Political Science; and Carol Zitzer-Comfort, English.

Established in 1987, the CSU CDIP is the largest program of its kind in the United States. As of June the program has loaned $46 million to 2,069 doctoral students enrolled in universities throughout the nation, and 1,201 of these participants have successfully earned doctoral degrees. Among participants who have earned their doctoral degrees, 646 (56 percent) have subsequently obtained employment in CSU instructional faculty positions.

The CSU Doctoral Incentive Program gives primary consideration to candidates in fields where CSU campuses anticipate the greatest difficulty in filling potential future instructional faculty positions. Applicants are not required to have attended the CSU, but all must have a CSU faculty advisor. The purpose of this advisory relationship is to support the student in his/her doctoral program and to help the student understand the workings of higher education institutions and the faculty labor market specific to particular disciplines.

–Shayne Schroeder