Programs & Resources

Resources for Faculty and Staff Candidates

The College of Geosciences is committed to fostering a culture of diversity, inclusion, and respect across teaching, research, and service. The information below is intended to support prospective faculty and staff candidates develop commitment to diversity statements for application materials as well as preparing for interviews.

Resources for Faculty and Staff Candidates

Campus Diversity Resources

Faculty & Staff


Additional Resources

Diversity and Accountability Report

Geoscientists are at the center of solving society's grand challenges – climate change, air and water quality, and adequate energy and food supplies. The College of Geosciences serves as a national leader offering a comprehensive program in geoscience research, education and engagement. Diversity, equity, and accountability are central to our leadership role. To this end, the CoG has established a broad array of integrated strategies targeting all facets of the college to enhance diversity, improve climate, and increase equity, and retention. This work is enabled and enhanced by the small college feel of the CoG where connections across role and discipline flourish.

2019 Diversity and Accountability Report

2018 Diversity and Accountability Report

LSAMP Undergraduate Research Program

Each year, the College of Geosciences supports 5-10 underrepresented minority students in engaged in undergraduate research. These students engage in hands on research with our faculty and connect with University resources to support their preparation and application to graduate school.

LSAMP Undergraduate Research Program Application for LSAMP Geosciences

Diversity and Climate IDEAS Challenge

The College of Geosciences aims to spark innovative and creative ideas related to diversity, equity, inclusion. The Diver­sity and Climate Ideas program provides funds to build new initiatives or enhance existing efforts that will advance efforts related to supporting a diverse and inclusive college for students, staff, and faculty.  These projects should align with the College of Geosciences Diversity and Inclusion Action plan to support our goals of dismantling racism within the geosciences.

Project Funding

The Diversity and Climate Committee has created this initiative to allow graduate students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to identify and promote innovative ideas related to diversity, equity, and. Inclusion in the College. During the 2020-2021 academic year, the Committee anticipates awarding up to $30,000 in funding based on the eligibility of projects submitted.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

How to Apply

All projects need to submit a brief proposal. The major components of the proposal are outlined below.

Proposal Outline

  • Challenge & Overview: Identify the diversity, equity, and inclusion challenge highlighting how it is related to the college action plan.
  • Project Impact: Consider who will be impacted by this proposal and how, if at all, these efforts will impact the College or the geosciences community more broadly.
  • Timeline: Provide timeline for implementation (up to 2 years)
  • Personnel: Names of everyone who will be included in the projects.
  • Budget: Overview of the budget items and any other matching funds that may be available.*

*Funds may be used to support project related expenses, excluding staff and faculty salary.

IDEAS Challenge Application Form

For questions about applications or eligibility, please e-mail Dr. David Sparks,

Identity Based Conference Applications

The College of Geosciences is committed to supporting graduate students who are interested in attending and presenting at identity-based conferences to support their retention and engagement in the geosciences. These conferences may include, but are not limited to, conferences such as National Association for Black Geoscientists or Society for the for the Advancement for Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.

Identity Based Conference Application Form

For questions about applications or eligibility, please e-mail Dr. David Sparks,


David Sparks

Interim Assistant Dean for Diversity and Climate

  (979) 845-3651

  Eller O&M 202

To make an appointment with David Sparks, please contact Corie Smith.