Michelle Hall Kells has been selected as a faculty mentor for the National Council of Teachers in English’s Cultivating New Voices Program (NCTE-CNV) for new scholars cohort 2016-2017.  Kells has served as a NCTE-CNV mentor since 2014.  She attended the 2016 NCTE Conference in Atlanta and participated in the NCTE CNV Fall 2016 Institute.  Kells will host the 2017 NCTE-CNV Institute on behalf of the University of New Mexico at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort in February. See NCTE CNV 2016-2018 Fellow Cohort & Professional Profiles for more information.

The NCTE Research Foundation’s Cultivating New Voices among Scholars of Color (CNV) program is designed to provide two years of support, mentoring, and networking opportunities for early career scholars of color. The program aims to work with doctoral candidates and early career postsecondary faculty of color to cultivate the ability to draw from their own cultural and linguistic perspectives as they conceptualize, plan, conduct, write, and disseminate findings from their research. The program provides socialization into the research community and interaction with established scholars whose own work can be enriched by their engagement with new ideas and perspectives.

Since 2000, CNV has supported more than eighty scholars/fellows of color across seven different cohorts.  Participating fellows, working closely with an assigned mentor and other members of the cohort, investigate current issues in language, literacy, teacher education, English, and cultural studies. From large group conversations on refining theoretical frameworks and modes of inquiry to small group discussions on research questions and data analysis techniques, CNV participants encourage each other to pursue critically conscious research. Over the years, fellows have successfully defended dissertations, have accepted tenure-track professorial positions and community organizing roles, have presented at numerous national and international conferences, have facilitated important professional development workshops, and, among other things, have received research, teaching, and service awards. Equally important is that CNV fellows have assumed major leadership roles within NCTE such as chairing research committees and serving on the Research Foundation and on the Executive Committee. Undoubtedly, CNV is an important program within NCTE, and we welcome applications from doctoral candidates and early career postsecondary faculty of color.