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Bridge to Faculty

  • 49 Total B2F Scholars with 31 of them already UIC professors and more hires on the way!

  • 156 Published peer-reviewed journal articles and counting!

  • 19 New faculty members in Fall 2023

  • 14 New B2F Scholars started in Fall 2023

  • 8 New B2F Scholars expected to start in Fall 2024

  • 48 B2F Community (Campus Partners)

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Bridge to Faculty (B2F) is a recruitment program designed to attract underrepresented postdoctoral scholars with the goal of a direct transition to a tenure-track junior faculty position after two years. This recruitment initiative aims to attract and retain promising scholars to UIC as well as diversify our faculty, with particular emphasis on departments with low or no presence of faculty who are underrepresented in their field. B2F uses a cohort model, where postdoctoral scholars participate together in meetings and tailored workshops to prepare them to teach, establish a research program and support their ability to pursue grants, and create productive mentor relationships.

Departments interested in hosting a B2F Scholar must complete an application detailing the rationale for their interest in participating in the program and must provide a plan for mentoring and supporting an incoming B2F Scholar, expectations for evaluating Scholar progress through the two-year postdoctoral period, and a plan for transitioning the Scholar into a faculty position after the postdoctoral period. Departments selected to participate in the program conduct competitive searches to select and hire B2F Scholars. Resources for the postdoctoral positions and the faculty hires that result are provided by UIC’s central administration.

B2F is funded by the Chancellor’s Office and administered through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Engagement. For more information please contact Jessica Joslin, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity Initiatives, and Mario Lucero, Director of Inclusion Initiatives, via the B2F email account:

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Presented by Tristesse Burton, B2F Scholar in Pharmacy Practice, on October 4, 2023 at the Odeh Center.

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The UIC Latino Cultural Center‘s online public presentation series, Radical Research from BIPOC Scholars at UIC, was launched in Spring 2022 to feature underrepresented postdoctoral scholars who joined the Bridge to Faculty program at UIC. Through an intersectional lens, these scholars revealed the complexity and specificity of their contemporary research and how the lives of those in the margins are impacted.

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David Hernández Uribe

Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Maria Eugenia López-Garcia

Museum and Exhibition Studies

Marcus Michelen

Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science

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