HSI Pathways to the Professoriate

Marybeth Gasman and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions at Penn GSE

(Grant award: $5,100,000)

Pathways to the Professoriate, supported by a $5.1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will prepare 90 students from Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) for Ph.D. programs over a five-year period. During the five-year program, the Center for MSIs will partner with three Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) — Florida International University; the University of Texas El Paso; and California State University, Northridge — and five majority research institutions — New York University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Pennsylvania; Northwestern University; and University of California, Davis. Selected HSI undergraduate students will take part in intensive summer research programs and cross-institutional conferences, while also receiving mentoring, and support for applying to and enrolling in graduate school. The program's goal is to increase the number of Latino professors working in the humanities at U.S. colleges and universities.

HBCUs as Leaders and Teachers in STEM Education

Marybeth Gasman and Thai-Huy Nguyen, University of Pennsylvania

(Grant award: $1,500,000)

Sponsored by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, the goal of this research project is to elevate the role and approach of HBCUs in STEM education. We will uncover the approaches to learning that put HBCUs out in front with regard to STEM education so that all colleges and universities can use these approaches.  We will also establish HBCUs as leaders in STEM on a national scale. More specifically, our objectives are to:

  1. Identify, document, and communicate efficient, effective, and scalable models of success in STEM education at HBCUs; 
  2. Improve the capacity of HBCUs to strengthen current models of success in STEM education and to develop additional approaches; 
  3. Strategically disseminate the findings not only to HBCUs, but also to all colleges and universities, funders, media outlets, scholars and policymakers; 
  4. Build alliances across HBCUs and majority institutions to improve STEM capacity among African Americans and other under-represented students.

Understanding Teacher Education at Minority Serving Institutions and its Impact on Local Communities

Marybeth Gasman and Andrés Castro Samayoa, University of Pennsylvania

(Grant award: $750,000)

Through the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this project examines teacher education efforts at Minority Serving Institutions. Institutions of higher education play a vital role in K-12 education by inspiring, instructing, and certifying the future teachers and leaders/administrators of the nation's schools and school systems. As the demographic composition of the K-12 public schools continues to reflect the nation's racially diverse population, examining and strengthening the role that MSIs play in producing the future minority teachers of our nation becomes an increasing national imperative. We will answer the following questions through this research project: What is the current landscape of teacher education at MSIs? Where do teachers emerging from MSIs serve? How can MSIs tailor their curricula to prepare future teachers for new state standards?