DITE

Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics

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, salimah.el.amin@duke.edu.

Call For Applications 

The Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality with support from the Economics Department at Duke University and financial support from the National Science Foundation invites applications for the 10th cohort of Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics (DITE), a mentoring program to facilitate the transition for junior faculty members holding doctorates in economics from assistant professor to tenured associate, and for professional economists holding PhD’s in economics who are interested in transitioning to a tenured or tenure/track position. DITE will involve pairing junior scholars with distinguished senior mentors working in related fields to receive guidance and potentially to develop collaborative research projects.

DITE will provide resources for fellows and their mentors to meet at Duke University for a two day conference during the summer of 2017, and convene for a two-day conference at Duke’s economics department during the 2017-2018 academic year, with the possibility of visiting their mentor at the mentor’s campus.

To apply please submit a CV, describe your trajectory in terms of research and progress toward tenure, provide a projection of your future research goals and aims with an indication of the type of support you expect you’ll need, and provide an indication of your personal contribution toward enhancing diversity in the academy. Applicants must have completed their doctorate before the application deadline.

Applications are due by April 30, 2017. Please email applications to the Salimah El-Amin (salimah.el.amin@duke.edu), program administrator.

Fellows will be notified by May 8, 2017 of acceptance.

If you have any further questions about DITE please contact either William “Sandy” Darity (william.darity@duke.edu), director; Darrick Hamilton (hamiltod@newschool.edu) or Omari Swinton (oswinton@howard.edu), associate directors; or the Salimah El-Amin (salimah.el.amin@duke.edu), program administrator.

Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics

Principal Investigator: William Darity, Jr.
Funding Period: 9/1/2013-8/31/2018
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Award: $337,272

The Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics (DITE) is a research mentoring program that facilitates successful transition from junior faculty status to tenured associate professor for economists from underrepresented groups (especially blacks, Latinos and Native Americans).

The persistent gross underrepresentation of economists from these groups in the ranks of university faculty, particularly in economics departments, makes it imperative that special efforts be made to insure that junior faculty from these groups produce a research and teaching profile that will lead to promotion and tenure. While the American Economic Association (AEA) supports the professional development of economists from underrepresented groups through the AEA Summer Program and Minority Scholarship Program and through the Mentoring Program, DITE is the only program designed to support black, Latino, and Native American economists.

The following fellows have been promoted to tenured associate professor at their respective institutions:

  • Gbenga Ajilore (cohort 1 – University of Toledo)
  • Vicki Bogan (cohort 1 – Cornell University)
  • Darrick Hamilton (cohort 1 – The New School)
  • Rucker Johnson (cohort 2 – University of California - Berkeley)
  • Trevon Logan (cohort 1 – The Ohio State University)
  • Fernando Lozano (cohort 1 – Pomona College)
  • Mary Lopez (cohort 1 – Occidental College)
  • Juliette Roddy (cohort 2 – University of Michigan – Dearborn)
  • Magali Valero (cohort 1  - University of Michigan – Dearborn)

Under review for promotion:

  • Timothy Diette (cohort 1 – Washington and Lee University)
  • Lisa Cook (cohort 2 – Michigan State University)
  • Omari Swinton (cohort 2 – Howard University)

DITE fellows have placed papers in highly regarded economics journals including Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Econometrics, American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, Economic Inquiry, Journal of Economic History, Journal of Development Economics, Review of Finance, Review of Economics and Statistic, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Development Studies, and Applied Economic Letters.

Fellows also have placed papers in top journals in other disciplines, e.g. American Sociological Review (Sociology) and American Journal of Public Health (Epidemiology).


The ninth cohort of the Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics Fellowship Program at their semi-annual retreat in East Lansing, MI on July 31, 2016.