The King-Chávez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program was created by the Michigan State Legislature in 1986 as part of the larger King-Chávez-Parks Initiative.
Educational Studies doctoral candidate Andwatta L. Barnes is a 2023-24 recipient of the state-funded King-Chavez-Parks (KCP) Future Faculty Fellowship. As a recipient of the fellowship, she will receive a $35,000 lump sum.
The KCP Future Faculty Fellowship Program was created by the Michigan State Legislature in 1986 as part of the larger KCP Initiative, which aims to increase the pool of doctoral candidates of academically or economically disadvantaged backgrounds planning to pursue faculty teaching careers in post-secondary education. The fellowship program was designed to stem the downward spiral of college graduation rates for students underrepresented in postsecondary education.
Doctoral KCP Future Faculty Fellows agree to pursue and obtain a doctoral degree within eight years of beginning doctoral study. Fellows must begin a career in postsecondary teaching or administration anywhere in the United States and agree to begin a teaching or approved administrative career at a public or private, 2- or 4-year, in-state or out-of-state postsecondary educational institution within one year after attaining their doctoral degree, and remain for a period of not less than three years.
The Future Faculty Fellowship Program provides State of Michigan funding to Michigan's 15 public universities, including the University of Michigan.
Barnes’ research focuses on teaching and teacher education. She is also a Rackham Merit Fellow and a 2021-22 Faculty First Look Scholar.