In 2011, the Provost's Renew DU initiative (PDF) was created to solicit, consider and recommend ideas for further strengthening DU's academic programs. Inclusive Excellence was one of five determined priority areas, with a dedicated "incubator" working group gathered to identify initiatives for funding and implementation. In 2013the University selected the Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality, or IRISE proposal (PDF) as one of the Renew DU Iniatitives.
Under the direction of the Assistant Provost for IE Research and Curricular Initiatives, IRISE aims to help faculty and students in the development of cutting edge research on equity and inequality with a central focus on interdisciplinary topics/issues related to race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status and religion.
Requests for Research/Creative Work Funding
With the goal of providing an intellectual home for faculty and students at DU to engage in this work, IRISE provides grants for research/creative work. IRISE is in the process of developing a process by which DU faculty can request support for pilot projects and professional development. In the meantime, please address all requests for support to IRISE@du.edu. All requests for support should be no more than 2 pages and include a narrative explaining how the request is related to the development of research related to the interdisciplinary study of inequality and a budget detailing expected costs. Watch for additional information on funding process and other IRISE initiatives.
Post-Doc Funding Requests
A keystone of the IRISE initiative is the postdoctoral program, through which IRISE will fund 3, two-year fellowships during the second and third years of the pilot program (2014-2016).
Departments, programs, and units on campus have an unprecedented opportunity to engage and mentor a promising scholar in their field or in an associated field and, in return, the postdoctoral fellows will contribute to IRISE and the department(s) in which they are housed. IRISE will fund fellows who have completed a terminal degree in their field of study and have engaged in research, scholarship, and/or creative work grounded in understandings of equality, to join DU students, faculty, and staff in the opportunity to learn and think collectively about our equality efforts locally and nationally.
Fellows will be sought for their expertise within their field of study; engagement in research, scholarship, and creative work grounded in understandings of equality; and/or a consideration for the many ways in which the academy or particular fields promote or extinguish the advancement of historically underrepresented communities. In order to identify the strongest fellows and provide the strongest program, IRISE is asking DU faculty to submit the attached RFP.
For questions questions regarding the RFP, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
IRISE Advisory Board (2013-14)
- William Cross, Higher Education
Rafael Fajardo, Emergent Digital Practices
Patricia Greer, University College
Michele Hanna, Graduate School of Social Work
- Lisa Martinez, Sociology and Criminology
- Salvador Mercado, Languages and Literatures
Dean Saitta, Anthropology
Maria Salazar, Curriculum & Instruction and Teacher Education
Joyce Sterling, Law
Sarah Pessin, Philosophy and Director of Center for Judaic Studies
Mary Ann Villarreal, Colorado Women’s College
Nancy Wadsworth, Political Science
Kate Willink, Communication Studies