SEC Emerging Scholars Program

One of the goals of LSU and its partner institutions in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) is to increase diverse perspectives present among faculty on their campuses. A new program was created in 2021 that offers a pathway for postdoctoral scholars and graduate students of the member institutions enrolled in terminal degree programs to prepare for tenure stream positions in higher education. The SEC sees a strategic advantage in sharing information that will contribute to this shared goal and encourages graduates to seek positions within SEC institutions. 

The University of Missouri will host an in-person SEC Emerging Scholars Career Preparation Workshop from September 27-29, 2022. The program is designed to promote professional development and networking opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at SEC institutions interested in higher education academic careers. A central aspect of the program is to achieve the diversity goals that each SEC member institution has set for itself. The program will involve of activities on each day, including networking opportunities with member SEC institutions, featured presentations and panels by faculty from member institutions, breakout sessions, and professional development opportunities, including development of teaching portfolios, dealing with bias, what to expect as a new faculty member, and tips for applying and interviewing for academic positions.


Up to five scholars from each SEC institution will be selected. Nominations can be made for those currently in postdoctoral positions or with advanced graduate program standing in a terminal degree program. We are asking you to nominate top scholars from your program or unit who:

1) have advanced standing in their graduate work (e.g., at or beyond general examination stage),

2) have demonstrated exceptional research and/or teaching skill, 

3) and have shown an interest in seeking a career in higher education, or who you believe would make an exemplary faculty candidate.

*NOTE: Those previously selected for the 2021 SEC Emerging Scholars Program are not eligible to apply. 

Nomination Package

1. A nomination letter (one-page maximum) indicating what makes this candidate particularly promising for a tenure track position at an SEC university and how they would benefit from the SEC Emerging Scholars program.

Please address as applicable their post-graduate status or standing in a graduate program, including milestones(s) (Master's thesis, General Defense, Dissertation Defense) passed and milestones remaining.

2. A candidate statement (one-page maximum) describing their academic goals and what they seek to gain from this experience. This statement must include one section on professional aspirations and one section on their contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

3. A current curriculum vitae (CV) for the nominated candidate.

Nomination packets should be combined into one PDF. The internal submission deadline is Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Please refer questions to Dean James Spencer ( or to Provost’s Fellow Jason Hicks (

Emerging Scholars Packet Submission