Seven candidates from Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) have been selected as 2013-14 participants in the Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP), a loan program aimed at increasing the number of individuals completing doctoral programs, especially those interested in applying and competing for future California State University (CSU) faculty positions.
The largest program of its kind in the nation, CDIP had 78 applications submitted for consideration to its selection committee, and based on the committee’s deliberations, the chancellor approved the names of 54 candidates for 2013-14 funding.
This year’s selections from CSULB (as well as their chosen doctoral discipline of study) include Lisa Brown (English literature with an emphasis in literary theory and media studies), Nancy Dayne (education with a focus on teacher education in multicultural societies), Melawhy Garcia (public health with an emphasis in health behavior research), Mark Katayama (higher education administration and policy), Michael Park (communications), Debra Rannalli (nurse practitioner, DNP), and Teresa Zimmerman-Liu (sociology with an emphasis in Chinese culture and religion).
“Having seven of the eight applications we forwarded receive the award testifies to the excellent qualifications of the candidates. We also have a robust campus selection process in which a small committee of faculty who were themselves CDIP recipients provides suggestions for highlighting the applicant’s strengths,” said Cecile Lindsay, vice provost and dean for graduate studies. “For these students, this program represents an opportunity for them to realize their dreams of earning their Ph.D.s and becoming a college professor.”
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, CDIP provides graduates, lecturers and others with a strong interest in teaching at the CSU loans to support their doctoral study. The program works by lowering initial financial barriers, forging connections to current CSU faculty and offering loan forgiveness to those who obtain teaching positions in the CSU.
Individuals selected to participate may borrow up to $10,000 annually to a limit of $30,000 over a five-year period while enrolled in full-time doctoral study. If a participant obtains a full-time instructional faculty position in the CSU, the loan principal and interest are “forgiven” at the rate of 20 percent for each year of service. After five years of full-time CSU faculty service, the entire loan amount can be forgiven.
“Once I found out I had been selected, I was so excited,” said Katayama, who will be studying for a doctoral degree in higher education administration and policy at the UC Riverside. “I have experienced all three levels of California’s higher education system—community college, the University of California and now the CSU as an employee, and this feels like home. That was important to me when I was applying to the CDIP program because I knew that my experience at CSULB has made me love the CSU system and the students who are a part of this system.”
For the last four years, Katayama has worked in CSULB’s Jensen Student Access to Sciences and Math Center as a program coordinator for the MARC and Bridges to Baccalaureate programs. The center is designed to help underrepresented and under-served student populations gain experience in research. The MARC program is aimed at getting students into Ph.D. programs in the biomedical sciences and the Bridges program is aimed at providing students with a nine-week research experience at CSULB with a faculty member.
“This system of universities is one of the most diverse in the country, serving ethnically underrepresented, first-generation, academically under-prepared students, and still, these institutions seek new ways to improve their performance,” Katayama added. “This is also a personal goal for me. I always am looking for ways to become better at what I do.”
Rannalli, who has been teaching in CSULB’s School of Nursing for the last 10 years, said she, too, was excited to find out she had been selected for the CDIP. She said the name of the program “really embodies what it is aimed at: incentive to complete the doctoral program.” In addition to helping her teaching, she believes the research by nursing practitioners will have a very positive effect in the industry.
“The (doctor of nursing practice) research is very important in health care currently because it will impact patient outcomes in a positive manner,” Rannalli pointed out. “Those outcomes will (shorten) patient hospital stays and improve patient care significantly.
“I plan to continue teaching in the School of Nursing here at CSULB. I have been teaching both the pediatric lecture, and I also bring students to the pediatric hospitals for their clinical component of the nursing program,” she explained. “Media, teaching and universities are changing at a rapid pace, but at the end of the semester, it is the students who learn, grow and tell me they made the right choice of the career of nursing that keeps me focused. I am especially touched when they tell me they enjoyed their pediatric rotation it has helped them acquire the basic foundation they need to continue in the field of nursing.”
CSULB has approximately 30 current faculty members who were CDIP recipients, Lindsay pointed out, a clear sign that the program is achieving its goal of preparing future CSU faculty. Among them are Jennifer Ostergren in the College of Health and Human Services, Linda Maram in the College of Liberal Arts, Kelly Young in the College of Natural Science and Mathematics, Ray Briggs in the College of the Arts and Huong Tran Nguyen in the College of Education.
Overall, CDIP has awarded loans to 1,965 recipients since 1987, 1,154 of whom have completed their doctorates to date. The CSU has hired 646 CDIP participants as faculty and another 42 in different campus roles. Of academic hires from the CDIP program, 62 percent are faculty of color – reflecting the diversity of our state.
The CSU Doctoral Incentive Program gives primary consideration to candidates in fields where CSU campuses anticipate the greatest difficulty in filling potential instructional faculty positions. Applicants are not required to have attended the CSU, but all must have a CSU faculty advisor. This advisory relationship supports the student in his/her doctoral program and helps the student understand the workings of higher education institutions and the faculty labor market specific to particular disciplines.
This year’s CDIP representatives from CSULB, including their doctoral institution, the focus of their doctoral studies, and their CSULB faculty mentors are: