Pathways to the Professoriate


CSUN is partnering with The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions on HSI Pathways to the Professoriate, which is supported by a $5.1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The program aims to support undergraduate students in the humanities and related fields to pursue a career in the professoriate by preparing them for admission to and persistence through a Ph.D. program.  The grant supports research into the faculty pipeline for Latinx students and has an aim of increasing the number of Latinx professors working in the humanities at U.S. colleges and universities.  Latinx persons make up only 4.1 percent of the professoriate in the United States, but 20 percent of the population aged 18-44.  Read more about the dearth of Latinx faculty and what HSI Pathways is doing to address this at Cal Matters.

CSUN has graduated two cohorts of HSI Pathways/Mellon Student Fellows, all of whom were offered positions at prestigious PhD programs.  They are now doctoral students in programs across the United States, and you can read more about them on our Alumni page.  We are currently working with our third cohort, students in the CSUN Class of 2020.  Read more about them on our Students page.

Read more about HSI Pathways to the Professoriate in CSUN Today, U.S. News and World Report, and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.