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First College of Education Ford Foundation Fellow Named

First College of Education Ford Foundation Fellow named

Chezare A. Warren, assistant professor in the department of teacher education, has received a 2019 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, the first in the college’s history.

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships are highly competitive with only one or two awarded to education scholars each year. The goals of the fellowships are to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Warren’s fellowship research project, “Empathy, Teacher Dispositions, and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy,” will help determine how empathy is reflected in teachers’ classroom interactions with their Black male students.

“My research is centered on improving the education outcomes of young black men and boys. Issues of justice frame my research, guide my teaching and anchor my service priorities. I aim to make the world a more humane place.”

Warren will conduct his fellowship research at the New York University Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools.

“We are extremely proud of Dr. Warren for receiving the Ford Fellowship as a member of our faculty,” said Robert Floden, dean of the MSU College of Education. “He joins a highly select set of junior scholars from a wide range of disciplines. The fellowship will support his research and provide opportunities to meet and learn from a distinguished group of current and former fellows.”

Ford Foundation Fellowships are awarded at the predoctoral, dissertation and postdoctoral levels. They are administered by the Fellowships Office of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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