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Doctoral Student Academic Technology Equity Fellowship

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CSUN's Office of Academic Technology in collaboration with the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, and the Research and Sponsored Programs office, launch the Doctoral Student Academic Technology Equity Fellowship. This fellowship supports doctoral-level research and professional development in topics that include:

  • Digital equity
  • Identification and promotion of best practices in technology-based education
  • Solutions toward improved access to technology regardless of ability and socio-economic background

These topics are presented in the context of minority-serving institutions (in higher education settings) and Title I schools/districts (in elementary and secondary settings) with a large number of first-generation and/or low-income students.

As a collaborative initiative, the fellowship presents an opportunity to support doctoral student research skills and writing development; faculty development in academic technology; institutional efforts to advance equity and social justice; and campus resources to enhance services to students, faculty, and staff.


Since 2008-09, the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Program has supported student dissertation research and scholar-practitioner leadership development. Further, the doctoral program has been a collaborative partner to support faculty and staff in critical engagement of challenges in campus climate and student learning and development. The transition to remote learning and the emergent challenge of digital equity among students revealed the need to stimulate research in the area of digital divide and social justice with the ultimate goal to facilitate equitable access to technology.


Doctoral applicants admitted to the Educational Leadership Program and doctoral students currently enrolled in the Educational Leadership Program at CSUN are eligible to apply for the fellowship. Currently enrolled doctoral students may be in their first, second, or third year of study in either the PK-12 or Community College/Postsecondary Leadership Cohort. Selected applicants who do not enroll in the Educational Leadership program forfeit their rights to the fellowship. 


Under the direction of the AVP of Academic Technology, the fellow will be expected to (1) participate in staff meetings and consultations in Academic Technology, (2) facilitate a faculty technology workshop or deliver a scholarly talk to campus constituencies. Awardees may complete their scholarly work over two consecutive terms of the year following selection and disseminate their work in the following term.


This is an annual fellowship to start in summer and end at the end of the spring term. The application deadline for the next Fellowship is April 1, 2022, at 11:00 pm. The Awardee will be notified by May 31, 2022.

Selection Process and Award

A committee comprised of representatives from the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, Academic Technology, and Research and Sponsored Programs will review applications and select a final candidate. Successful fellows will receive an award of $1000 at the end of the fellowship. Fellows may request reimbursement for expenses incurred directly related to the fellowship. Those expenses will be deducted from the final award.

Application Procedures

Applications will be completed using the InfoReady system. Incomplete applications or those received outside the InfoReady system (i.e., via email) will not be considered. The application includes a vita that you will attach at the end of the application form and must include the following:

Advisor/Dissertation Chair
Program Entry Term
Cohort: 〇 K-12 〇 Community College

Guided Questions:
Briefly share your general availability to participate in meetings to support fellowship activities.

Briefly describe what you feel are the most important professional development training needs of faculty/staff in higher education and/or PK-12 school settings related to technology (250 words maximum).

From your experiences in your area of professional practice, briefly describe the most pressing issues in digital equity in higher education and/or PK-12 school settings (250 words maximum).

For more information, please contact the Doctoral Program Office at (818) 677-2403 and

2021 Recipient - Autumn Fabricant

First Recipient Announced!

CSUN's Office of Academic Technology in collaboration with the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, and the Research and Sponsored Programs office, are excited to announce Autumn Fabricant as the 2021 Doctoral Student Academic Technology Equity Fellowship Recipient!

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Autumn Fabricant currently teaches at CSUN in Academic First Year Experiences and the Michael D. Eisner College of Education. She will be starting CSUN’s Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership in Fall 2021. Her research interests include access and equity in higher education, a sense of belonging in college students, community-based learning, first-year students, and student success.

In reflecting on equitable access to technology, Autumn notes that “digital equity has come to the forefront this past year as universities have transitioned most instruction to online and virtual formats.  Despite the currency of the issue, the digital divide has detrimentally affected student success in higher education long before COVID-19.  According to the Digital Equity in Education project at USC’s Pullias Center for Higher Education, this disproportionately impacts students from lower-income families.” As the inaugural fellow, Autumn wants to explore current research on digital equity and see how that can be applied on CSUN’s campus.

To learn more about Autumn Fabricant, visit the Doctoral Student Academic Technology Equity Fellowship Recipient Announcement page.