The spring DITE meeting will take place at the JB Duke Hotel on Thursday, February 22nd- Saturday, February 24th, 2018. Select DITE fellows will present their research at the Duke University Economics Department on Friday February 23rd from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm.
The Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics (DITE), funded by the National Science Foundation, is a research mentoring workshop that seeks to facilitate successful transition from junior faculty status to tenured associate professor for economists from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (especially blacks, Latinos, and native Americans). The gross underrepresentation of economists from these groups in the ranks of university faculty, particularly in economics departments, creates an imperative for special efforts to ensure that junior faculty from these groups develop the research and teaching profile that will lead to promotion to tenure. DITE is the only program designed specifically to increase the representation of black, Latino and native American economists in tenured faculty positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States via mentoring of junior faculty focused on research and teaching.
Each year, the award from the National Science Foundation enables DITE to match up to twelve junior scholars with six senior faculty mentors and convene an annual one and one-half day workshop where the junior fellows will receive critical guidance on their research activities as well as professional development advice. After convening, senior faculty members continue to mentor the junior scholars by reviewing papers, offering advice, and writing recommendations for the tenure consideration process. Eight cohorts of scholars have been mentored through the program thus far. Many of these scholars have been promoted to tenure and even more collaborate on publishing research in economic journals.
Currently, Darrick Hamilton a professor at The New School, and Omari Swinton, a professor at Howard, serve as associate directors of the program. Both Hamilton and Swinton were mentored through the DITE program and now are tenured at their respective institutions. For those interested in participating in the program, please contact Dr. Salimah El-Amin, firstname.lastname@example.org.