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Office of the Provost
Our Goal

Increase Mercy's capacity to provide a high-quality, affordable, and accessible education for all students, with an initial focus on the biology major, through:

  • Ongoing systematic and comprehensive analyses of the barriers faced by Mercy students
  • Implementation of evidence-based curricular and institutional reforms
  • Increased access of faculty to training and implementation of high-impact practices; and
  • Continual assessment and modification of institutional initiatives to ensure that all students and faculty are being served. 
HHMI Headquarters

This initiative is funded through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, an organization with a strong commitment to supporting the training and development of future scientists from diverse backgrounds.

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Mercy College's HHMI Inclusive Excellence Initiative

Our Initiative

Mercy College’s Inclusive Excellence initiative represents a commitment to shape institutional practices and strategic planning through evolving equity-minded principles that foster a sense of belonging, and will enhance the diversity of viewpoints, confidence, creativity, innovation, and citizenship in the college community. Through this culturally sensitive, data-driven dynamic framework, Mercy College will cultivate student and faculty-centered organizational initiatives through a lens that recognizes and addresses the broad range of challenges faced by our diverse community.

Biology Classroom
Adjunct Academy

Post-doctoral candidates in all branches of biology, chemistry, and biochemistry with a strong passion for teaching diverse student populations are invited to become a Mercy College HHMI IE Teaching Fellow! This is a chance to teach as an adjunct instructor at Mercy while gaining training in evidence-based inclusive pedagogies and high-impact practices through our Adjunct Academy!

Topics covered will include:

  • Trends in Science Education
  • Metacognition and the Science of Learning
  • Formative and Summative Assessment and Feedback
  • Active and Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Inclusive Teaching in a Science Classroom
  • Project Based Learning in the Sciences
  • Classroom Undergrad Research Experiences
Adjunct Academy FAQ
  • Is participation in the adjunct academy compensated?
    • Yes! Participation in the adjunct academy goes hand-in-hand with a paid adjunct position at Mercy College. This position is paid at $2,500/ course. Participants will also receive a $350 stipend for their time spent learning and developing more inclusive teaching practices. An additional $800 stipend will be awarded upon successful completion of the academy.
  • When will the in-person adjunct academy sessions take place?
    • These sessions will take place on four different Saturdays over the course of one semester.
  • When will I be expected to teach classes as an adjunct at Mercy?
    • Class sections will be assigned to adjunct academy participants based on the availability they have provided in their application. Please note that night time and weekend course sections will be available. You will begin teaching the same semester you are enrolled in the academy.
    • Adjunct academy participants will most likely teach classes during the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • What is the deadline for applications for Fall 2019?
    • March 1st, 2019. 
Inclusive Excellence Workshops
October 7, 2019

Please join us at these workshops designed to promote inclusive excellence in the classroom!

Analytics Tools
Data Analytics

Our efforts toward making Mercy a hub for inclusive excellence include striving to develop analytical tools that integrate psychosocial, demographic, and academic factors to help us better understand and address the needs of our biology majors and eventually, our campus as a whole. These endeavors involve a comprehensive evaluation of Mercy's inclusive excellence standards at the institutional and individual levels. This project will allow for widespread change to enhance student success, faculty and student communication, and the overall Mercy experience.

Depiction of Inclusiveness

See how the AAC&U defines inclusive excellence.