for the Advancement of Working Families (IAWF), in its efforts to serve the
next generation of social service providers, is pleased to announce its
Practitioner/Scholar Development Program (PSDP). The PSDP is designed to support and encourage
practitioners, researchers, policy analysts, and administrators interested in
making informed contributions to society’s understanding of the importance of
working families achieving asset development and wealth
applicants will be known as “IAWF Fellows” and receive faculty rank based on a
set of criteria. The annual selection
process is highly competitive.
Applicants are expected to possess an understanding of and a commitment
to IAWF values and philosophy; they must be performance-driven and have an entrepreneurial
candidates are innovators, leaders, and problem-solvers dedicated to
independent production of tangible and professionally significant contributions
that furthers the IAWF mission.
Applicants are required to have strong leadership, communication and
critical thinking skills, relevant professional and civic experience, and the
necessary scientific or technical background to support the varied projects
with which they will engage. Past
leadership and service experience in community and nonprofit settings is valued
as well as academic achievement, evidence of systems thinking, and
professional association, collaboration, and a vibrant organization umbrella
for qualified applicants with expertise, interest, and a record of productivity
consistent with IAWF’s corporate service areas.
The Fellows Program will also offer rich and diverse opportunities to
participate in research, writing, training, consulting and formal presentations. Applicants will have the chance to network
and dialogue with the IAWF Leadership Team and their colleagues around topics
supporting the vision of IAWF: “To be recognized both locally and nationally as
an innovative laboratory utilizing scientific and empirical knowledge, applied
research methodologies, and relevant social science systems for testing
promising ideas and generating best practices that address the ever‑changing
family dynamics, thus the needs of America’s children, youth, and aging adults.”
Beginning the Application Process
The Fellows selection and faculty rank determination
is initiated by successfully completing the petition process, in one of the
following four categories: Faculty Associate, Faculty, Senior Faculty, and
General Qualifications for Faculty Status
Earned advanced degree from an
accredited educational institution*
Minimum of three (3) years of related
Successful completion of IAWF's petition
Status is granted for a term of one-year, with the option of renewable
terms. The review for renewal is based
upon continuing qualification, contributions made and commitment demonstrated
during the expiring term, as determined by the actions of IAWF's President and
Principal Investigator on renewal petitions.
Other terms and conditions are contained in appointing documents.
*A potential petitioner who holds a baccalaureate degree from an
accredited educational institution and has a minimum of ten (10) years of
related professional experience may request a waiver of the general educational
requirements. Waivers are granted or not
granted in the sole discretion of the Board of Directors of IAWF.
Petition Process: The petition for Faculty Status requires submission of
of education, in the form of an official transcript sent directly to IAWF
(3) letters of professional recommendation
work sample that demonstrates capability to contribute to IAWF purposes
IAWF Board of Directors reserves the right to review, evaluate, and approve or
reject all petitions, in its sole discretion.
A petition for
Faculty status must be completed within ninety (90) days of the initial submission. Petitions not completed within that time
period will be considered rejected.
Designation of Faculty
IAWF Board of Directors
grants Faculty Status in the following categories, based on the following terms
is a temporary designation granted at the sole discretion of the President and
Principal Investigator of IAWF with Board approval under the terms and
conditions established by the Board on petition from an individual who is the
principal investigator on an externally funded project on which IAWF's
collaboration is desired. The term of
the status extends no longer than the period for which the project is funded
and full ownership of the project vests in IAWF.
is approved and granted in the discretion of the IAWF Board of Directors. Petitioners are required to document a
minimum of three (3) years of related professional experience in a field that
contributes to IAWF’s mission. The
Status is renewable annually.
is approved and granted at the discretion of IAWF's Board of Directors. Petitioners are required at a minimum to
document ten (10) years of related professional experience in a field that
contributes to IAWF's mission. The
Status is renewable bi-annually.
is designed for scholars and/or practitioners who meet the requirements for
appointment as Senior Faculty, who have published in his or her field of study,
is recognized nationally, if not internationally, in her/his area of
expertise, and has a record as a funded researcher or practitioner. The Status is renewable every five (5) years.
Within thirty (30) days
of designation of Faculty Status, each Fellow must prepare a detailed Faculty
Work Plan that reflects furtherance of IAWF's purpose and covers, at a minimum,
the succeeding twelve (12) month period.
Faculty status is
renewable on an annual basis, except as otherwise provided. Renewal is contingent upon continuing
qualification, contributions made and commitment demonstrated, as determined by
the President and Principal Investigator's action on renewal petitions, with
the concurrence of the Board of Directors.
IAWF reserves the right
to suspend and/or revoke the grant of Faculty Status or to take such lesser
action, in the sole discretion of the Board of Directors, based on:
Prejudicial loss of qualifying
credentials (such as a professional license) or adverse action taken by a
licensing board or professional association
Failure to perform pursuant to the
work plan submitted
Conviction of a felony or
Any behavior that IAWF determines
inappropriate for its Faculty
members of the Faculty are free to resign prior to completing their term with
resigning faculty member must provide IAWF with a letter of intent to resign
ninety (90) days prior to their official or unofficial resignation
Resignations are subject to the terms and conditions
of the Faculty status appointment agreement
The Institute for the Advancement of Working Families is
an Equal Employment Opportunity corporation that does not discriminate in any
of its programs or activities, nor on the basis of race; color; national
origin; sex; religion; age; disability; political beliefs; sexual orientation;
or marital or family status.